Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It


Exiting ARM(Lex)

Wednesday, May 7 2008

Subtle has built a steady reputation for crafting progressive style-melds. Under that moniker, masterminds Adam "Doseone" Drucker and Jeffrey "Jel" Logan aim to satisfy their hip-hop jones throughout Subtle's amalgamation of indie rock, industrial, and electronic sounds. They've miraculously pulled off that sonic combo twice already, artfully avoiding a genre-jammed train wreck.

Although it isn't a bold forward movement, the new Exiting ARM is a logical next step for Subtle. The Oakland six-piece's third offering maintains an even keel with its prior works, A New White and For Hero: For Fool, which makes sense given this is the final installment of a trilogy of sorts. The indie-rock to hip-hop ratio has been slightly tipped toward indie's side here, however. The majority of the disc has TV on the Radio's influence written all over it, with songs like "Day Dangerous" and "The No" exhibiting interesting drum rhythms caked with fat, distorted synths and guitars. Dope rhymes courtesy of Doseone are sparse, but those peppered throughout the album are worth the wait. The rapper busts fun, old-school flows not unlike Whodini or Big Daddy Kane — if they rhymed over some beefed-up Postal Service drum programming. Exiting ARM finds Subtle living up to its name, taking no drastic risks while avoiding a repetitive disappointment.

About The Author

Oscar Pascal


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"