The A$AP Mob member’s second album is personal and poppy, and features a guest spot from his mum
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Where [B]Atkins[/B] brings some originality to bear is in his blending of P-funk grooves with machine-age noises, as in the electro-smooch [B]'Rain'[/B] or the slithery [a]Prince[/a]-esque [B]'Just
Thus 'Mind And Body', only the second full album under the Model 500 moniker in 15 years of legendary singles and cool remixes, should feel like a momentous landmark release. Alas, the bastard techno offspring spawned by Atkins and his Detroit brethren have long since lapped him in the innovation stakes, so that ultra-abstract bleepscapes such as 'Psychosomatic' and the minimal title track sound accomplished but hardly progressive in our post-Aphex universe.
Where Atkins brings some originality to bear is in his blending of P-funk grooves with machine-age noises, as in the electro-smooch 'Rain' or the slithery Prince-esque 'Just Maybe'. Recent single 'Be Brave' also boasts a velvet-lined R&B flavour, while 'Incredible' marries a junglist beat to female soul voices and spooked sound effects. We wager that Juan has a copy of Goldie's 'Inner City Life' somewhere in his Detroit bunker.
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