Fact: The wiener dog is well known in hip hop circles as the patron saint of the MPC.
Artist: Nice Nate
Release: December 28, 2011
Our Clubs Editor Erin Thompson sold me on Seattle producer Nice Nate the second she mentioned that his new album's cover art featured a wiener dog, and I've been staring at it all day. While a wiener dog marquee may set expectations unreasonably high for a record, Nate was able to put forth some interesting material here, and should not be ashamed of his effort. The ten track album, titled milo. takes a plunge into medium-fi beat construction that lands somewhere in the overlap of the Madlib/Baths venn diagram. There are samples present, as well as left-right channel floating, unquantized-sounding drum tracks, and a quick cross-fade cut-out (like Baths uses to death) that makes the beat sound like it's taking a breath. It's good background music that demonstrates mechanical aptitude, although musically, he's still developing.
While tracks like "waiting.for.thrones" and "wye" present pleasing head-nod moments, entries like "spaaten goblin" and "asbestos&kittenpasw&radium" beg to be skipped. The former (which feels misplaced as the opening track), pounds a too-simple toy piano progression into your head, while the latter fumbles with Gameboy chip-tune elements. Nate appears to have a good head on his shoulders though: There are three releases on his Bandcamp page, one of which is pretty tasty eighteen-song offering called beat: therapy, that sounds slightly more well-rounded than milo., and even during his down moments, his command of the MPC remains evident.
To sum things up: milo. is a bit hit-and-miss, but the man shows promise, so we'll check back.