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On 'Open Your Optics to Optimism,' LA's Blu and producer Fa†e buckle into a DeLorean, cruising back to a time before time in order that they might gain the knowledge necessary to exude such a genuine optimism. Blu outlines Earth's history and then dives within it, beginning from the abyssal plane of the ocean floor, to the stunning sights of the outer atmosphere, and finally beyond, culminating in a personal transcendence outside both space and time. Faced with the absurdity and bluntness of such numbers as "4.6 billion years," it's hard to imagine a human conjuring any optimism at all. But Blu's calm and creative delivery, as well as experimentally-rooted lyricism act as the perfect guide across Fa†e's rhythmically cohesive and booming production.
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j^p^n's enigmatic presence plays hand-in-hand with the wizardry surrounding his music. His sample flips range from nostaglic, smooth soul to angelic choir vocals, but it's what blooms around the samples that makes his music so unique: masterful layering and whipping percussion. [ favor ] is a dense 22-track album made for cassete and reminsicent of the work of producers like Knxwledge, Swarvy and Ohbliv.
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