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  • Summary: Edan mixes a variety of songs from the Traffic Entertainment Group into a 29-minute track.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Far from succumbing to the simplicities of a simple mash up record or a standard mixtape, Edan has created a flowing, evolving piece of music as liquid as the basslines he’s so fond of sampling, that has never yet failed to bring a grin to my face.
  2. Despite the technological tweaks and inventive aptitude that this sometimes Afro-topped sound genius reveals in every crevice of his latest grab bag, Echo Party is true to its name and anything but tedious.
  3. Of course, it would be nice if Edan’s first album in four years actually featured him rapping, but until he picks up the microphone again, Echo Party serves as a more-than-acceptable substitute for a proper Edan solo album.
  4. Obsession with detail is one of the most appealing qualities of his work, but it's also one of the most frustrating. Echo Party bears this out in painstaking detail.
  5. Mojo
    Few are better placed than Bostonian Edan Portnoy, who uses access to the old-school masters owned by Traffic, one of the few reissue imprints interested in rap, to curate a fine, fun funky and fascinating half-hour mixtape interlaced with new sample-based production. [Feb 2010, p. 105]
  6. Of course, Edan fans will want to hear what he has been up to since 2005’s fantastic Beauty and the Beat. But it’s likely some will be disappointed to learn nothing, aside from its presentation, on Echo Party is Edan’s original work.
  7. Far from terrible, Echo Party sounds merely confused.

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