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Sold Out (DJ Paypal album)

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Sold Out (DJ Paypal album)

Studio album by DJ Paypal
GenreFootwork
LabelBrainfeeder
Length38 : 48
ProducerDJ Paypal , DJ Earl, Feloneezy, Jackie Dagger, Nangdo, DJ Taye, Keiska, Tielsie
ReleasedNovember 13, 2015 ( 2015-11-13 )

Footwork producer DJ Paypal doesn't appear on the surface to be the type of artist that treats his influences with any sort of mindfulness. From his trollish stage name to the plainly ironic bite of Pen and Pixel's distinctive, lens-flare-heavy aesthetic on the cover of his new mini-LP sell Out, he read at first glance like just another node on Internet Art's massive recombination engine, which endlessly churns out kitschy assemblages of random late-capitalist pop-cultural detritus. There's also the matter of style he's working in: footwork is a particularly holistic musical form that until very recently has been virtually inseparable not only from the dance style that it soundtracks, but also from the brutally segregate, impoverished black neighborhoods on Chicago's South and West Sides where it was born. It's minor revelation to find out that Paypal's far more sincere than his image would suggest. The Way that drums on sell Out's titular opening track pulse in and Out of focus is expert move well out of reach of average SoundCloud dilettante, and throughout the album he displays the kind of rule-bending that only comes from closely studying rules first. A lot of kids hear like five tracks and start making footwork, and that is not respectful, he told Pitchfork recently. It's clear from his music that he has listened to thousands and absorbed them into his DNA. And not only does he make incredibly good footwork, he's also helping to clear the path for its future evolution. Paypal's member of LA-born Brainfeeder coalition of artists representing certain organic, jazz-indebted segment of bass music experimentalists, and like most of the best material to come out of Brainfeeder camp, it reconnects beat-base music with styles of pre-digital black music whose more radical avant-garde aspects have been forgotten over years, or dull by overfamiliaritybebop, free jazz, and especially synthesizer-crazed soul and fusion artists of '70s. Ahhhhhhh combines blissed-Out piano riffs, pitch up vocal harmonies, and burbling bassline. With Uuuuuuu and on Cloud, teasingly reference early synth-funk. Other parts of the record reach even further Out Slim Trak folds in Brazilian samba drumming, while Say Goodbye, drifts into a stone-genius hybrid of dream pop and J-pop that's easily compelling enough to sustain the entire LP. At the same time, Paypal's also a member of Chicago's venerable footwork Music crew Teklife, and his tracks never lose sight of the style's more utilitarian roots, scoring YouTube footworking videos and high school hallway dance battles. The old slogan that music wants to be free is a truer fit for remix culture than music piracy advocate that coin it. There's point in the life cycle of every musical style where it has to expand its worldview and open itself up to new participants and new influences, or else it will stagnate and wither away.

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Critical reception

Professional ratings

SourceRating
Metacritic77/100
SourceRating
Clash8/10
Consequence of SoundB
Exclaim!7/10
Mixmag10/10
Pitchfork7.9/10
Spin7/10

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