CD Review: The Internet 

Purple Naked Ladies (Odd Future)

Matt Martians and Syd tha Kid — part of the controversial L.A. hip-hop collective Odd Future — have a specific target in mind for their debut album as the Internet: Tumblr fans who crave some late-'80s pop-R&B to get high to. Dinky synthesizers, nakedly bathetic guitar arpeggios, and tinny drum breakdowns stew in a basement-studio murk where Syd's vocals — a bit of Sade, some Suzanne Vega — whirl and pivot coolly in defiance of the wobbly carousel upending everything else. The Internet do right by quasi-Neptunes funk ("Lincoln"), Soulquarian uplift ("They Say"), Tracy Chapman-gone-electro ("She Dgaf"), and full-frontal trip-hop (the shamelessly Portishead-esque "Love Song") — enough that you might be compelled to accept their outright thievery. — Raymond Cummings


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