Cassettes Won't Listen Into the Hillside

Cassettes Won't Listen Into the Hillside
At this point, Cassettes Won't Listen (aka Jason Drake) is most likely best known for its covers of '90s indie rock heroes like pavement and Liz Phair, and remixes for Mr. Lif and Broken Spindles than any of its instrumental work. But with the release of Into the Hillside, Drake should get the respect he's due as a producer and songwriter. Drake recently decamped from New York to California and this new instrumental LP bears the fruits of the change in environment, mixing Cars- and Gary Newman-inspired synths and G-Funk bass lines with classic East Coast hip-hop beats. And while on paper the combination reads like a hipster's wet dream, in practice Into the Hillside shows an amazing amount of depth, even without lyrics, and has the ability to double as both a rawkus party starter and an end of the evening groove rider. (Independent)