Pick of the month! I want everyone to know that I don’t like this record just because members of Tortoise contribute; in fact, I hate Tortoise. Toe 2000 has a fairly star-studded cast: Jeff Parker and Doug McCombs of Tortoise, David Pankovic of the Boxhead Ensemble, and future superstar Yoko Nage. From what I can gather, Toe 2000 is Pankovic’s brainchild and this record is the product of what must have been a magical three-day studio session. Toe 2000 is one of the more refreshing records I have heard in some time. It’s completely unhurried music that embraces duality — electronic and organic, ambient minimalism and bastard groove. Toe 2000 has a split personality like Batman’s archenemy Two-Face. Nine one-word songs, not one bit of filler. Nage’s vocal performance is flawless, becoming almost an instrument in and of itself. Hey boys, quit your day jobs. Now.
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