Off The Record – ALBUM FOCUS – Dropped Frames, Vol.2, Mike Shinoda

Have you ever wanted To listen to a new band or musician and not sure where to start? Well, instead of listening to their commercial music, why not start with something off the album first!  Today we look at the latest album by Mike Shinoda – Dropped Frames, Vol.2

Crystalina

This song starts or really melodic with a chime like electonic sound that melds into beats of a hip hop style of genre. It is not like Linkin’ Park this album at all but if you a fan of the musical interludes on albums like Meteoria then you will be a fan of this. This song has the electronic piano melody as the sort of bassline for the song with relaxed beats played over the top. It is an interesting song to start an album with but it sort of works helping you adjust to the sound. Througout the song the beats become sort of ‘chaotic’ at times and the piano melody keeps the constant beat to it – very clever music construction.


Side Scrolling

This song makes you think of the old retro computer games and it is very clever because it takes the elements of the 8bit arcade songs and intertwines it into a really catchy electronic beat with a heavy bassline. The distortion that happens to the music throughout makes you think of the enemy levels such as Mario.


Dog Whistles

With a name like this that brings ideologies of high pitch tones and maybe leads you to believe this song will be quite erratic, it is actually the exact opposite. It is calming, it is slow it is all about the ambience of sound. It creates this soundscape that has so many complex levels that you want to listen to it whilst concentrating to try and understand them.


King Paprika

This song has a lot of elements of sort of electronic beats intertwined with a sense of hip hop genre to it. There is a real distinctive beat that is made really creatively with the bassline which is really unique. The elements of the song change gradually throughout which makes it an interesting listen.

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