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Yip-Yip Two Kings of the Same Kingdom

This fourth full-length from the two costumed freaks in Yip-Yip sounds as if it came straight from a circus tent. The pair’s quirky, 8-bit compositions of bass-driven electronics border on nerd-dom and bring to mind artists such as Forcefield and Neon Hunk, yet lack the assaulting, drippy kinks of the aforementioned to mingle properly with the Load Records family. While Yip-Yip may outwit itself with digital crescendos or urgent stop-start fills, the most surprising element of the album is the use of actual physical instrumentation–especially the saxophone. The horn gives tracks such as “Human Wanderers” or “Jazz Rats” true character, pulsating strikingly with jazz-waltz enthusiasm. Whatever the case, it’s definitely a weird listen.

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