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Mocky Navy Brown Blues

Electro, R&B, hip-hop, nu-jazz-Mocky's Navy Brown Blues doesn't win medals in any individual events, but in the decathalon of contemporary soulful electro sounds, he takes the gold. If it weren't for Mocky's loving sincerity on "Animal," with its Bee Gees-quoting lyrics flowed over electro-cheese grooves, the track could've been a parody; elsewhere, he references geekiness from Brian Eno to Michael Caine to having the Three Tenors as his ringtone with equally appreciable seriousness. But whether it's bedroom-eyes '80s R&B (the title track) or driving, post-Cameo floor-packers like "Extended Vacation," Mocky's onto something good-and Navy is almost there.

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