m-flo – Square One
Release Date: March 14, 2012
Label: rhythm zone
1. □ [sayonara_2012]
2. Perfect Place
3. ALIVE [MV]
4. □ [frozen_space_project]
5. Never Needed You
6. Oh Baby
7. □ [square1_scene_1 murder_he_wrote]
8. Don’t Stop Me Now
9. All I Want Is You [MV]
10. Acid 02
11. Call Me
12. □ [ok_i_called]
13. Sure Shot Ricky
15. □ [square1_scene_2_don’t_blink]
16. So Mama I’d Love To Catch Up, OK?
17. She’s So (Outta Control) (featuring 2NE1) [MV]
19. □ [to_be_continued…]
To be completely honest, I was feeling initially nervous to listen to this album after my wholly negative reaction to Verbal’s solo release. When I listened, I was dismayed that they had gone with the same theme of electric beats and heavily mixed sounds. However, I realized something part way through my first listen of the album — m-flo has always been telling us a story which each album. They reinvent themselves to present their audience with a new style on each album, so if you’re going to remain an m-flo fan, you need to be able to adapt to the changes.
So my first listen was not favorable, and I thought I was going to hate it. Then, I took another listen about a week later, keeping the thought in mind that this was an electronic album, not a hip-hop/jazz fusion album. This time it blew my mind. I found myself beboping to the amazing mix of trance, dub-step, house and electronic beats. Taku and Verbal have really out-done themselves this time.
From start to finish Square One is a dance party I want to invite all my friends to. One of the best songs on the album Sure Shot Ricky, is a powerhouse of a dirty drum and bass track. Yesterday starts off slow, and has the familiar m-flo feel, but then breaks down into a progressive dance track about half way through. It’s these little innovations that m-flo has produced on this album that keep me coming back for more (the album already has over 10 plays on my iPod).
I could gush more, but I think I’ve already made my point – Square One firmly sets m-flo back on the map in Japan, only this time they’re looking to conquer the electronic music scene more than the hip-hop one. Be sure to check out the album, as it’s not one to be missed.
Best Tracks: Sure Shot Ricky, So Mama, I’d Love to Catch Up, Ok?, Acid 02