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When you come to a conclusion on how many peoples projects LMNO has graced, it’s like you are reading through a who’s who of hip-hop: Madlib, Pete Rock, J.Rocc, OhNo, Jay Dee, Evidence, DJ Khalil, OH MY! But needless to say, LMNO has more than held his own with these heavyweights and held it down on his own with five full lengths! Yann Kesz is a producer from the land of Eiffel Tower and the Louvre whose production is subtle, eerie and well-accented. Combine the two and you get Devilish Dandruff With Holy Shampoo, the first effort from the duo.
Starting off the project is “The Brunt” which includes punchy drums and a haunting three-note organ, as LMNO busts through with his accented annunciation and stern words, while “Never Stop,” features a dizzying and whimsical burst of scratches and reversed pianos abound. JFK of Grayskul/Oldominion fame busts in on the dome-cracking “Fashion Show”, while Kev Brown appears on the anthem of doom “Too Strong”.
There’s also the horrific laser guided synths which strike on “Creation of the Gun,” while the haunting piano stabs are displayed on “Just Want You.” However both Yann Kesz and LMNO make this LP entirely worth the ride-along. Yann Kesz provides a wonderful thrillride of production and effective scratches, while LMNO brings about a punctual and stark take on a lot of subjects And both of these aren’t as evident as when “Many Options” hits, where LMNO lambasts religious folks for misusing the texts they’ve been given. “Peace of Art” and “1974″ are LMNO at his most personal, the former showcasing a very whimsical vocalist while LMNO bursts through talking about finding the love of his life. And Yann provides a rather organic and romantic hip-hop tune that is sure to soothe the soul and say everything you’d want it to say.
Bottom line, the only thing Devilish about this release is the genuine chemistry between LMNO and Yann Kesz. Both have an affinity to create worthwhile joints that not only make you nod your head. But they cause you to be in a relaxed, albeit attentive, state of mind. Here’s to hoping the pair can continue to create the same magic.