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Small Black, ‘Moon Killer’ (Self-Released)

picture-18276-1372868632By: Chris Martins // November 11, 2011

When chillwave crested, this Long Island foursome seemed fairly likely to sink. Their sound was more washed-out than Washed Out — a pleasantly textured melodic sigh from Bummer Beach — but this free mixtape is more killer than chiller. Taking rap’s cue, the band samples Pere Ubu, Nas, Drake, and the Carpenters, folding old beats and warped hooks into a roiling stew of booming bass, fuzzed guitar, and gushing synths. Highlights include singer Josh Kolenik swooning over Nicki Minaj and Das Racist’s Heems freestyling over the slow-rolling goop of “Two Rivers.”