I have never really enjoyed house music all that much, it always felt too processed and soulless. Until I was put on to Julio Bashmore’s music I pretty much left it alone. So I put on Knockin’ Boots Bashmore’s debut album and I really liked some of it.
The title track “Knockin’ Boots” is an enjoyable yet short song that has a played out message. “We danced and danced until we fell in love. We fell in love.” Even though it is a bit cliche it still is a good song. I really like the effects on the vocal that really thicken it and make it kind of sticky. “Holding On” is the second track and my favorite of the album, I love the vocal feature from Sam Dew. The instrumentation is infectious and danceable, also the sample is wonderful. It is just so catchy.
“She Ain’t” and “Let Me Be Your Weakness” are the next two tracks and are just not as enjoyable for me. “Let Me” is the stronger of the two and is a little bit more full, even though the lyrics are ridiculous. “Rhythm of Auld” and “For Your Love” thankfully are more enjoyable and more disco like cuts. Especially “Rhythm,” while the chorus of “For Your Love” is sublime. There is not another song that I really like until “Simple Love.” I like the bassline on “Bark” I just don’t like much else on that track.
“Kong” is the second to last song and is one of the better ones on the album. I dig the drums on this song and the vocals, the main synth as well. The slow buildups and breakdowns bring this track together and give it different feel than most of the other tracks on the album. “You & Me” is a strong ending to this album, with a killer bassline and a really good vocal feature from J’Danna.
To close, I enjoy about half of this album the other half is not for me and I am fine with that. The really strong tracks like “Holding On,” “For Your Love,” and “You & Me” are awesome and I will continue to listen to them. I think this album has opened me up to enjoying more house music.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)