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Magic Arrows Sweet Heavenly Angel Of Death

Perhaps accidentally, Wisconsin producer Magic Arrows (Scott Beschta) has revitalized the unfashionable trip-hop genre. The time's ripe for a revival, and Sweet Heavenly Angel Of Death could be the catalyst-or it could simply work as one of those albums to which you'll wanna get buzzed. Opener "Uptown Devils" portends the blissed gist with a stretched "oohh" sample (Beach Boys?), an FX'ed blues-rock guitar riff, and a blasé funk rhythm akin to early Howie B. The bulk of Sweet is repetitive, but utterly hypnotic, stoned to the bone with no direction home and infusing a sublime ennui with blunted patience.

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