If Chuck Person’s eccojams used repetition of pop music to create mantra-like ruminations as a shortcut to transcendence, then マイケル·ジョーダンLINCKOLN (a.k.a. MJ Linckoln a.k.a. Michael Jordan Linckoln a.k.a. Malibu Locals Only)’s NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 2 uses repetition to keep us critically aware. It’s not that マイケル·ジョーダンLINCKOLN isn’t also finding interesting moments in otherwise annoying pop songs — Snap!’s “Rhythm Is A Dancer,” Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away,” Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” — but these pop appropriations jerk, shift, and morph nearly every other measure, disrupting any semblance of continuity and introducing a frantic illogic. The rhythms simply shift too violently to get lost in, and the moods change too frequently to dwell in. Rather than evoking a sort of pseudo-spirituality that’s present in, say, MJ Linckoln’s MATTERHORN, Pt. 1 album, NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 2 highlights the manipulation and digi-materialism of a work-in-progress group of producers who are more varied, more dexterous, and more complex than one might’ve assumed.
Stream NOW Thats What I Call Music! Vol. 2 below, and be sure to check out マイケル·ジョーダンLINCKOLN’s other releases at his Bandcamp to get a better idea of where this peculiar producer is coming from. Also stay tuned for MATTERHORN, Pt. 2, which is due in October via Sunup Recordings under his Malibu Locals Only moniker.