Album Review: LMNO & Mr. Brady’s ‘Banger Management’


LMNO & Mr. Brady “Cold Spirit”

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LMNO & Mr. Brady “Stomp”

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Banger Management is another release in LMNO’s album-a-month campaign in 2010 but you wouldn’t have known from listening to it. Banger Management lives up to its name as a showcase of bass knocking beats, making this much more the work of San Diego producer-MC Mr. Brady (of Deep Rooted) than LMNO. If you expected spine-tingling lyrics, oxygen-defying flows, or life-affirming insight, you’ll be disappointed. Mr. Brady takes clear inspiration from the Stones Throw vein of hip-hop where beats take centerstage. This is a pure, unadulterated display of blunted beats with bleeding bass, trunk-rattling Bruce Lee kicks, and 8-bit video game MIDI sound effects. Vocals exist as like another instrument in the beat, a necessary background noise that punctuates the smack of the drums and the rumble of the bass. Banger Management knocks from beginning to end without letting up. But it also never switches up. If you’re fine with that, turn up the bass and snap your neck till it’s about to break off.

Video: Mr. Brady & LMNO – Banger Management (live)

Gah, I fail again. Mr. Brady released a collabo album with LMNO all the way back in July called Banger Management (mp3-only?!?!?!?). I haven’t heard it yet but if these videos are any indication, there will be bleeding bass and cyborg laser synths. Hit the jump for the video from the single and title track, which also features Deep Rooted’s resident crazed dancers. Though I actually don’t like the single as much as the videos above. Read more of this post