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The Russian Futurists
Let's Get Ready To Crumble (Upper Class)

By: Cam Lindsay

Who knew something recorded on a budget of pocket change could sound so good? This was the thought of the many people who raved about The Russian Futurists' debut album The Method of Modern Love, back in 2000. Created with a bunch of old Casio keyboards found at a rummage sale, the album melted hearts and garnered a huge chunk of respect for the simplicities of pop music. Though it sounds layered to shit, Let's Get Ready to Crumble is even more of a simple masterpiece. Matthew Adam Hart, the one man band, really knows his stuff when it comes to the love and the sensitivity and the wall of sound production. Sounding like it was recorded in a trunk, the album's claustrophobia is such a relief to the ear it becomes wonderfully confusing. A song like "The Matador's Theme" appears to be taped from a tape that was dropped in a puddle right after someone rode over it on a BMX. This "special" sound is something Hart should patent. When the huge drums kick in on the track, they pack a real punch, with an echo that is enough to resuscitate anything six feet under. The standout track is the ode to Toronto, "You Dot, Me Dot, T-Dot", a messed up, brass filled dance number that owes more to hip hop than its catchy pop chorus. Just don't blink, cos you'll miss it. A-
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