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  • Summary: With a follow-up to his 2007 I'll Sleep When You're Dead still in the works, El-P releases an album of instrumental tracks.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Since El-P decided earlier this year to step down from heading the Definitive Jux label and focus more on his own music, it's great to know he's proceeding with his desolate signature and his sense of possibility both intact.
  2. The mix's most pleasing moments and its most successful don't usually overlap: some of the beats are fresh, some of the basslines impeccable, but it's the extramusical sensations, those slithering intimations of robotic insects rooting through the garbage for your financial information, that make this worth engaging with on his terms, not your own.
  3. For any bootlegging rappers with cerebral ambitions, this could represent the greatest thinking man's beat tape of all time. To mere listeners, it's an enveloping temporary distraction, more than fulfilling its purpose of whetting anticipation for El-P's mic-wielding return.
  4. Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 is a logical progression from his hectic early work as genres like dubstep and grime have since appeared to increase the pressure. Extended runs of uptempo numbers are something new for the man, and the album refuses to chill until it takes a breather on track six
  5. This album of instrumental sketches is surprisingly bullish, its snotty distorted synths and chiptune funk melodies aligning El-P unexpectedly with the output of young UK producers Joker and Rustie.
  6. He over-thought most of the tracks, failing to maintain focus on or fully develop any particular theme. Various elements drop in and out at terse intervals, presenting an idea for just enough time to intern it before moving on. But El-P has always had a theatrical flair, creating music that transports you to another place and time, and several tracks here do suck you into his demonic hip-hop underworld.
  7. As always, his found sounds and tense beats combine to form intricate patterns and anxiety-laced music, but nothing on Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 reaches out and grabs you. [Summer 2010, p.89]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. BradW
    Aug 6, 2010
    More approachable than some of his earlier solo work, the dark melodies and distorted beats make this album at once catchy and apocalyptic.
  2. Sep 1, 2010
    Dope dark beats from alternative rap's greatest producers!
    That album should be pure fire if this instrumental disc is this good!
    Only fools
    Dope dark beats from alternative rap's greatest producers!
    That album should be pure fire if this instrumental disc is this good!
    Only fools with crappy taste in rap music would give this a low rating!
    Definitive Jux is in the spot!