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  • Summary: The latest solo release for multi-instrumentalist, producer and label head Ed Cawthorne was inspired by Blaze, Carl Craig, J Dilla, and Larry Heard.
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  1. Mojo
    Jul 15, 2019
    80
    Hard Rain's warm, overriding lo-fi aesthetic is a neat contrast to the no-nonsense virtuosity of his group outings. [Jul 2019, p.89]
  2. The Wire
    Jul 15, 2019
    80
    he 22a label founder flexes his expansive musical influences across ten new creations. One of the most exciting tracks here is “Buffalo Gurl”. Dividing its time between earlier R&B and sultry jazz chords, it’s the pick me up you didn’t know you needed. [Aug 2019, p.65]
  3. Jul 15, 2019
    70
    Designed as much for the dance floor as smoke-filled bedrooms, this album is a window into the mind of a producer refusing to be defined by, or reduced to, a singular style.
  4. Uncut
    Jul 18, 2019
    60
    At first it all sounds slightly undercooked, but soon its crunched funk and sinuous synthwork, nicely judged on "Another State Of Consciousness," suggest a master grasping a new technique. [Sep 2019, p.37]
  5. Jul 15, 2019
    50
    Hard Rain is not a bad album. It will very amiably sit, out of focus, in your field of vision as you do other things. It doesn’t, however, have whatever special something it needs to transcend the sense of a backwards referent.
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  1. Jul 19, 2019
    10
    best album of the year, full of references and Culture, Congratulations Beyoncé you deserve the world