Mirror Gazer - BLADEN COUNTY/BAD COP BAD COP
FILTER Grade: 81%
By Adam Valeiras on September 11, 2012
Newcomer Dorian Duvall is recognized for his futuristic electro-funk and hip-hop blend, a genre he has deemed “disco-hop.” But as is the case about half the time, the product supersedes its title. Slightly mislabeled, Mirror Gazer’s sound is more a layering of live percussion beats, slick chillwave synths and an occasional effected guitar that lies deep in the mix, subtle and pleasant when found. It’s funky, but more electronic than hip-hop. Regardless, the record works well as a whole; it’s short at 40 minutes, but every track is just the right length in just the right order. Duvall’s debut appears at the right time, contrasting against relatable artists Washed Out and Toro Y Moi, and superior to very-relatable artist Com Truise—superior in instrumentation, sure, but it’s really Duvall’s unique, calm and ready vocals that sets Onuinu and his promising debut apart.