Packed with all the things the Glitch-Hop community has come to expect from Stephan Jacobs and Love & Light, 143” is an emotionally-infused ride through crisp and innovative sound design, meticulously crafted breakdowns, and vocal sampling so deliberate and sensual it will make the hairs on your neck stand on end. If you haven’t already deciphered it yourself, 143 is numeric code for “I love you”, 1 letter, 4 letters, and 3 letters respectively; the theme of 143 is Love, and each track on the album more than lives up to this monumental title. Love & Light’s funky, mid-tempo warbles are brilliantly juxtaposed with Stephan’s signature, futuristic break-downs to form an unbeatable fusion of outrageous, face-melting bass anthems.
Stand-out tracks on the album include the bubbly, bouncy and deceptively gritty “That’s So Cali“, and the beautifully evocative bass-ballad “The One“, a combination of stunning vocal sampling, excellent drums, and enough energy and emotion to utterly captivate the most discerning audience.
Artist: Love and Light & Stephan Jacobs
Label: Muti Music
Release Date: July 11, 2011
Genre Influences: Glitch-Hop, Dubstep, Mid-Tempo Funk
Rating (0-5): 5
Dominating sales charts and featured in innumerable DJ performances across the globe, Opiuo’s debut LP “Slurp and Giggle” showcases the highly innovative and organic bass-tones that have earned him widespread acclaim alongside artists such as Heyoka, Tipper, and the other pioneers of the psychedelic, organic bass movement. Unfortunately, the heavy emphasis placed on his funky, genre-dissolving bass leaves a lot to be desired in terms of versatility. Although many of the tracks on the album possess that wild, funky groove that is so well received on the dance floor, the beats are quite repetitive and appeal of the album as a whole is certainly hurt by this. While nearly all of the tracks have unique and interesting introductions, they all inevitably descend into the same chunky, wobbly, and over-used breaks.
Despite the often repetitive theme dominating much of the album, I really enjoyed the song “Water Mouth” featuring a collaboration with Sunmonx. Much softer and of a far more gentle nature, “Water Mouth” is complete where many of the other tracks feel unfinished. A relaxing lead melody accompanied by a squishy, squelching-wet bass-line guides the listener through a lush, dynamic sound-scape miles ahead of the typical Opiuo break-fest. The album certainly represents a distinct innovation among organic-bass connoisseurs, however there is also significant room for improvement in his future releases.