Album Review: Naytronix – Mister Divine

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After a tough tour alongside Merrill Garbus as part of Tune-Yards, Nate Brenner wanted to create a more reflective atmosphere on his solo project (his second full length), as opposed to the harder, more vocally powerful Tune-Yards tracks.  His use of slightly distorted, wispy vocals are easy listening but also great to move to.  The songs are similar to an ambient house music style: with subdued and downtempo drums, but with some extra bass kick and groove that you can pull out some shapes to.

‘Back In Time’ is a great example of this more reflective feel of his album: quiet and slow basslines with simpler drums gives the lyrical power of the song extra oomph.  ‘Dream’, showcases Brenner’s funky basswork that still holds true in his own projects.  The groove really does wriggle its way into your mind and swims around.  His lyrics fit well around the setup, but with some juxtaposition of melancholia that feels right, and it’s this combination of funk and ambient tunes that’s enough to get you up and moving around.  Keep an ear out for more, it’s worth it.

[Evan Osborne]

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