【review/rate】mondo grosso / attune/detune

released 2018, avex music creative.

Shinichi Osawa’s second album post returning to his famed ‘Mondo Grosso’ moniker is more of a companion piece to the previous LP 『Reborn again and always starting new』, but it still manages to stand on its own and does so in spectacular fashion.

Most of the new material is front-loaded, from the chill hip hop of 『One temperature』to the sexy deep house stylings of 『False sympathy』. It’s all very high quality, as expected from the king of dance music in Japan. (this is an opinion!)

『Turn it up』manages to sound sleek, modern and vintage all at once, its funky breakdown sections with disco-esque arrangements are the best parts of the song for me. The guitar is reminiscent of the iconic cover of Chemical Brothers’ 『Star Guitar』that Shinichi is well known for.

Second single 『KEMURI』appears in two forms on the album, its original japanese cut with vocalist ACO, and a “retuned” version with new English lyrics by Rhyme. A little strange to have both mixes basically next to each other on the tracklist, only divided by a 22 second interlude, but with how tight the production is, you definitely won’t feel like you’re listening to the same song twice.

The rest of the tracklist are new versions of tracks on the previous album. A rearrangement of 『Eraser』packs a little more of an experimental rock punch compared to its more electronic brother, 『Labyrinth』receives a stunning orchestral arrangement sans vocals, and 『Planet tantra』ends the album with a dream poppy sound that’s further accentuated by guest vocalist Yakushimaru Etsuko (of Sotaiseiriron fame).

『Attune / Detune』 maintains the meticulous quality of Mondo Grosso’s storied discography while also showcasing Osawa’s desire to experiment and give us sounds never before heard from him. At only 38 minutes, my only gripe is the lack of more new songs, which lends credibility to my theory of the album being designed as a companion to the previous one. Regardless, this one should not be missed by any experienced music connoisseur.

  1. One temperature (feat. Big-O) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Turn it up (feat. Ohashi Trio) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. False sympathy (feat. Aina the End) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. KEMURI (feat. ACO) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. – Attune / Detune -(N/A, interlude)
  6. KEMURI (Retune, feat. Rhyme) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Erased (FRF07 rearrangement) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Labyrinth (Thousand Tears Orchestra Instrumental) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. Planet tantra (feat. Yakushimaru Etsuko) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Must Listen : Turn it up, False sympathy

Skip : This is a Mondo Grosso album, are you crazy?

Stream 『Attune/Detune』on Apple Music and Spotify.


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