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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.
Score distribution:
  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. 80
    With double-time beats, Trent Reznor-level distortion, lost-in-the-matrix digital doodles, and the occasional gunshot, megamixxx3 works like a headbanger companion to El's 2007 album, I'll Sleep When You're Dead-soaring, paranoid, and ghoulish.
  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. For those of us who hadn't got our hands on the earlier mixtapes or his remixes for the likes of Blackalicious and Rob Sonic, Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 is an opportunity to assess El-P as a beatmaker on his own merits.
  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. Peripheral issues aside, if you temper your expectations and just concentrate on the music coming out of your speakers, you're going to enjoy this edition of the Megamixxx series. It's not Donuts, and it's certainly not Fantastic Damage, but it's a fine piece of work from a producer whose demand far exceeds his supply.
  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
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. BradW
    Aug 6, 2010
    9
    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
    8
    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!
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