Jonti, 'Twirligig' (Stones Throw)

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Twirligig
Critical Mass
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Label: Stones Throw

by Jeff Weiss

Imagine if Panda Bear attempted to make Madlib albums for São Paulo planetariums. Like similarly inscrutable labelmate James Pants, Jonti Dan (formerly of Danimals) is a pop ?deconstructionist -- merging celestial falsettos, dusted sampledelics, and melted-tape nostalgia. South Africa–raised and Australia-based, his debut deals in 21st-century collage: an eddy of loops, strings, and sherbet-bright synthesizers. Guest raps from subterranean MC Otayo Dubb bleed into the bootleg pyrotechnics of "Firework Spraying Moon"; the samba slink of "Batmilk" bleeds into the hypnagogic haze of "Begone Slumber." It's crate-digging redefined for the chill age.

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