It’s been just over a decade since RJD2 dropped Dead Ringer. Where did he go is a legit question? And in all honesty, not many people knew. But RJD2 is a man who invented a new style of production that a list of contemporaries have attempted to mimic in both success and failure. As an individual he has swum the Amazon River of music. He’s been an underground hip hop producer to an indie pop compliment to a funky waltzer, to a neo-soul master. It is because of his history and experiences that he has been able to build a reputation and brand that is so insanely unique. He is RJD2. He exploded through music only to disappear and leave fans wondering, “where did he go and what’s next?” He left an open void, an opportunity to showcase who he is in a masterful album that touches on so many of his styles and influences. And here we are, the end of 2013. RJD2 fairly recently release More Is Than Isn’t. This album is stunning. It leap frogs across a map of style but while seamlessly weaving the sounds together.
While listening, to More Is Than Isn’t, you’ll hear a little bit of Deadringer, Since We Last Spoke and The Colossus. You’ll get some prog funk, neo-soul, neo-classical, and funky infused what’sthis complimented by hip hop beats and stellar vocals. If there is one thing this album is not missing, it is the classic pavlovian signals that RJD2 has shown to be a master of. It seems he’s tackling both his production chops in this album as well as tackling his ability to create textured moodscapes of sonic experience. I recommend listening to this from start to finish and just absorbing the accomplishment as it enables one to experience multiple moods, demonstrating his chops and talent while illuminating RJD2, his growth and his new ambition.
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