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Symbolyc & Illmind The Art Of Onemind

Long-distance music collaborations (see Foreign Exchange and Postal Service) have been hyped for their unorthodox approach to making music. But Texan Symbolyc One and New Jersey native Illmind make damn sure you know they‘re a geographically-challenged duo on their debut, The Art of Onemind, including a set of bland testimonials and work-related voicemails on the album. Who cares? But any momentary annoyance is alleviated by the sincere, shuffling set of polished tracks. A steady one-two kick sets the pace, augmented with warm keyboards, elevating string samples, and glittering, rubbery synths. It‘s just plain pretty production that doesn‘t require all the sweet-talking.

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