P-Love All Up In Your Mind

P-Love All Up In Your Mind
This is the thing about P-Love: he plays so many roles that you can never really know what to expect from him. Whether manning the decks as a disk jock, fiddling with a stylophone, blowing into a trumpet, or tapping away at MPC pads, one thing runs constant throughout — this man knows melody. On his debut full-length he makes good use of both ears: his classical-trained music theory ear (on the right) and his wicked penchant for dirty loops and re-shuffled sound puzzles (on the left ear). Connecting the two is a head full of dusty records and heavenly arrangements, making for one delicious platter of songs. "Blue and Brown” is slow and seductive, and on "Laches pas les Etudes, Gertrude” he shows off some of his composing chops, while still remaining simple and playful. "Six-speed Solipsism” sounds like it could have been made in a giant, hulking warehouse — machine parts crashing, steel ladders turned into xylophones, a full-on metallic orchestra. P-Love’s trumpet comes out to play on "Let’s Start at 58th and Roosevelt,” mixing with some gritty loops and scratching. Though he may be known to some as "the dude who scratches with Kid Koala,” All Up In Your Mind is graced by only the softest touches of a turntable, and with scratches serving as accents rather than as centrepieces for each work. Give it a few spins and let P-Love get all up in your headphones. (Bully)