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Dr. J presents 1Luv Neophilia

  • Words: Luciana Lopez
  • Label: Sonar Kollektiv
  • XLR8R Rating: 6/10

Dr J is Vancouver-based Jason Oculto, a Canadian producer and DJ with a background in house, Latin, jazz, and funk. As 1Luv, Oculto has tapped Amalia Townsend to provide vocals on this jazz-inflected neo-soul album. Ironically, for an album called Neophilia, there’s little that sounds new here. The production is uninspired, with bad choices throughout (the dialogue toward the end of the title track and the voicemail samples on “Starz” are cringe-inducingly cliché). Even the better tracks, like the deep-house cut “Above You,” lack the vision to distinguish them from the herd. There’s nothing here that’s offensively bad; there’s just nothing particularly outstanding either.

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