YANKEE B Mucho Dinero

Mucho Dinero, a Gee Street release by a dude named Yankee B covers a lot of turf. His sniveling syllabic twists and turns are brandished like a sharp-edged urban instrument, slicing through rhythms ranging from hard-core hip-hop… to roots reggae… to uncompromising dancehallbeats.

Generally first releases from hip hop artists have a warrior spirit (unless it’s pop), and you do sense that Mr. B has spent a few moons on the street.

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Slowdive called it quits in early ’95, prompting the band’s braintrust of Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell to form Mojave 3, who have broken their 3 year silence with Out Of Tune (4AD-Sire).

Still harnessing the dusty, acoustic ambiance that distinguished it from Slowdive, Mojave 3 has crafted a haunting album full of solemn guitar melodies, ghostly vocal harmonies and stark, melodic emotion.

Halstead and Goswell’s weepy, intertwined vocals retain their poignancy, while the addition of winding organ chords and gentle brass touches help to flesh out the band’s sublime subtlety.