Josh Wink When a Banana Was Just a Banana
- Words: Luciana Lopez
- Label: Ovum
- XLR8R Rating: 8/10
Yes, this is a stupid album title. Happily, the music is not stupid—it’s just that the Philadelphia-born DJ/producer/label head wants the name to hearken back to a more innocent time when music was just music. While it’s debatable exactly when this time actually existed (if at all), at least Wink uses the opportunity to explore a broad aesthetic. The album is built on a techno backbone, one that he dresses up in a variety of different ways. The elastic, rubbery groove of “Counter Clock 319” contrasts with the Pete Tong-approved, house-tinged banger “Stay Out All Night,” while the squelchiness of “What Used to Be Called Used to Be” somehow shares album space with the dreamily floating “Dolphin Smack.” Stupid title. Smart album.
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