Robert Armani

Notorious

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Robert Armani is one of the hardest producers to ever come from Chicago, where most artist are weaned on a lighter diet of house and garage. Granted, there was always the acid jack tracks which packed a lot of punch, but Armani took that sound to its absolute conclusion, making classic tracks like "Circus Bells" and "Armani Tracks" records that still maintained the pogo-ing funk, even in their banging fury. Unfortunately, none of Armani's production magic found its way onto this disc of rather third-rate techno. Skimpily put together with tracks found in the BML catalog, Notorious goes nowhere fast, despite it's exhausting tempo. Opening with Mark Verbos' "Big Brother," an entire rave squeezed into one track, with it's Darth Vader vocal and ravetastic synth stabs, Armani effortlessly pumps through tracks by typically good producers like Angel Alanis and Atomic Babies. The mixing is lazy and the actual sound quality is rather laxed. Overall, it appears that nobody, from the label to the artist, really put to much effort into this release.

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