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Review:100 Akres- I Love Loosies by jason
May 25, 2011, 9:00 am
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100 Akres- I Love Loosies. Self-released, 2011.

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about 100 Akres, and I feel all sorts of bad over that. Out of all the people who are actually making music, he was one of the first guys to pick up on our blog and be a part of the conversation, as it were. Under the name FreshNerd, he runs a blog, and under the name 100 Akres, he releases his beat tapes, and he was the guy who produced that Bob Marley vs. Nas mash-up album, Relatives Abroad.

His latest release, I Love Loosies, is interesting in that there is no theme. Most of his stuff is either a concept mash-up, or a dissection of the beats from one artist’s music. Loosies is kind of an outtake reel of stuff that didn’t make it on his beat tapes and stuff that he was producing for other people when the projects went in different directions. That’s not to say it isn’t good-it’s great, actually- but it just didn’t do what he wanted it to do.

Some of the tracks are obviously unfinished. “Fools,” a beat over a sample loop of Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers’ “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” is just begging for more bass, while “foundandLOST,” an outtake from the New Edition Beat Tape, sounds great, it’s just not as dark as the rest of that album.

Other songs, however, as good to go. “Cold Shots & Champagne” has Tyler Durand rapping over a track from the Billy Ocean Beat Tape, and though it is short, it is awesome. And “Lucy” by Cherokee is a pretty entertaining threat to the narrator’s “baby daddy” that he’s better shape up or there will be violence.

Another great thing about this album is that 100 Akres put up a blog discussing each song…where it come from, why he did it, why it’s not being used in another project. You can enjoy this album on its own, or you can see it as a kind of behind-the-scenes document on how an indie producer works his magic.

Overall, it’s like…I’m not the kind of guy who will just sit down and listen to beat loops, but I’ve loved just about everything 100 Akres has done, and this is no exception. It’s enjoyable as-is, and I’m sure the more musically inclined can find inspiration from these tracks.

I Love Loosies is available for free from 100 Akres.



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