Naytronix – Dirty Glow
Naytronix, aka Tune-yards bassist Nate Brenner, is someone who loves the mid-90s sweet spot where rave and house begin to slip into something a little less comfortable. Built on electronica and hip-hop foundations, his latest album Dirty Glow incorporates avant-garde grooves and homemade instruments.
Album opener Hangin’ Out is proof that wistful and dreamy can often end up sounding listless and magic-free. There’s no doubt that it’s a bold creative track with funky basslines and melodies, but like most of the album it feels very underwhelming. Similarly, In the Summer has a lot of energy and an almost futuristic instrumental, yet feels very superficial.
While Naytronix is remarkable for pursuing his creative vision, his sound is not as worthwhile. The songs here all sound a bit too similar, and the lack of talented song-writing shines through.
These self-styled DIY tunes aren’t as exuberant as they should be; burbling electronics and awkward time signatures make you long for something simpler to mark Naytronix’s creative brilliance.
Standout track – Hangin’ Out
Dirty Glow is available to download from iTunes.
Watch the video for Baby Don’t Walk Away here: