Breakthrough - The Gaslamp Killer
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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for William Bensussen as The Gaslamp Killer features guest appearances from such artist as Gonjasufi, Shigeto, Samiyam, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and Daedelus.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. 80
    In terms of its complexity and level of skill on display Breakthrough is a big step up for Bensussen.
  2. Sep 17, 2012
    80
    Potent incantations such as Nissim and, particularly, the two tracks with Warp's sinister rapper Gonjasufi, prove this to be a wonderfully bananas breakthrough. [Oct 2012, p.100]
  3. Sep 25, 2012
    80
    Bensussen has delivered a varied, immersive set of highly memorable, enjoyable and danceable tracks that should push him further into the limelight where he has triumphantly proved he belongs.
  4. Sep 17, 2012
    70
    Many of these tracks--indeed some of the most interesting--are more snippets than fully developed destinations. But there are real skills on display here.
  5. Sep 25, 2012
    70
    The 47 minutes diced into 17 tracks that consitute Breakthrough demonstrate what Gaslamp Killer is capable of.
  6. Sep 19, 2012
    60
    William Bensussen mashes up cavernous hip hop beats, 8-bit electronica, West Coast psych and glitch. [Oct 2012, p.95]
  7. Sep 28, 2012
    30
    Where Flying Lotus scatterbrain brings emotive grooves out of madness, GLK can only manage ugly, mostly boring sketches. [Nov 2012, p.75]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 25, 2012
    8
    A lot of people might complain that it's too chaotic and at times makes no sense, but for long-time followers of GLK this is something to beA lot of people might complain that it's too chaotic and at times makes no sense, but for long-time followers of GLK this is something to be expected, and at this point, part of the journey. As confusing as it's diverse, Breakthrough is a must-listen for Brainfeeder fans, and a good introduction to the world of the Gaslamp Killer. Collapse