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  • Summary: Solex is Amsterdam-based songwriter Elisabeth Esselink, and this is her third album for Matador. Like her previous albums, 'Low Kick' is filled with dozens of eclectic samples pulled from albums found at Esselink's record shop.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Taken alone, each of these songs sounds exciting and raw. Taken together, Low Kick and Hard Bop is further proof, if any was necessary, that this is a woman posessed of a singular talent and an even more singular vision.
  2. The cool thing about Solex's sampledelia is that she can do it with humour and still avoid the high-frequency buzzing, 60s hi-fi demonstration records and bongwater bubble traps.
  3. There is a kind of exuberance you thought went out of fashion with The B-52s. [#211, p.66]
  4. Low Kick and Hard Bop doesn't necessarily lend itself to all listening situations, and may even be tiring at times. It can, however, enlighten and surprise the listener.
  5. The consistency of Solex material is potentially the agent of its own downfall. Play Solex vs. the Hitmeister after Low Kick and Hard Bop and you might think that they were recorded at the same time, rather than four years apart.
  6. 60
    This girl's gritty production and fluid time signature shifts make for an intriguing listen. [Oct 2001, p.134]
  7. She mixes sloppy beat work with awkward singing that makes her songs feel like tossed-off indie pop.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2