JD Samson & MEN
Labor - SELF-RELEASED
FILTER Grade: 83%
By Alejandro Rubio on October 31, 2013
Following up their 2011 debut Talk About Body, JD Samson and core bandmate Michael O’Neill are back with MEN’s second full-length release, Labor. As soon as the first track, “Power Strobe,” starts bouncing in your little earhole, you’re immediately struck at the immensity of the rolling extraterrestrial soundscape. Experimenting with a musical manifestation of ideas, Samson produces songs (like “I Don’t Care”), which substitute voices and attitudes for sounds and tempos in order to create tracks that seemingly speak and think. But despite the political underpinnings of the album, Samson still knows how to have fun, and songs like “All The Way Thru” and “Club Thang” are so catchy and bass-heavy that those blisters would be swelling and popping before anyone on the dance floor ever realized they were sweating along to post-structuralist conceptions of sexuality and gender performativity. What I would give to see that...