Greek rhythm rustler Chop Juggler has dropped his debut album – titled More Is Less – to follow up the well-received Diggasmic EP on Cult Classic Records. Released on the prolific Cold Busted label, More Is Less collects eleven top notch beat-heavy jams from the young producer, now in his early twenties but involved in music making since the beginning of his teens. His artist name is apt, as Chop Juggler is adept at taking loops and samples and melding, twisting, and – yes – chopping them into intricate compositions. "Amethyst" provides convincing evidence; seemingly disparate sources are cut into sonic snatches, layered and bursting in and out of the mix to any beat-head's delight. There's also the more uptempo "Night Travel" which sounds just like that … if one is traveling by moonlight in a '70s television crime drama. Slower, spacey moments like "Money Can't Buy Time" and "Brave New World" showcase Chop Juggler's depth, but with his ear for striking samples and tough hip hop beats still in full display. More Is Less follows through in its title's statement by never overwhelming, but the album's satisfying flow will indeed find the listener looking for more from this talented producer.
Soul of Man (Finger Lickin' Records) - "A great listen … now to unleash to the unsuspecting masses!"
Fort Knox Five - "Nice variety of funky tunes from downtempo to floor-rocking."
Inland Knights - "All good as ever."
Ben Mono (Undertones Gang / Plant Music) - "Dope stuff."
Mr. Bristow (Subtek / Tru:Funk) - "Feeling this! Some real deep groovers here … excellent work."
Belabouche (Midnight Riot / DiscoDat) - "Nice release!"
Stereo 77 (Plimsoll Records) - "As to be expected from Cold Busted, another killer release."
Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s) - "Really liking some of the tracks on here."
DJ Massivefunk (Pig Balls Records) - "Very nice release. I love the different styles, from sweet lounge music to funky party bangers."
DJ Tomas (Google Play / ForwardEver) - "These cuts are indeed Ginsu-precise: love the plethora of rich soul samples and chunky beats. Killer consistency throughout the array of tracks. A real head-nodder!"
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) - "Loops, drops, beats, breaks … class!"
DJ Osric (Black and Blue Radio Show, Australia) - "A good and aptly titled debut. 'Tomorrow Night''s swing groove and jazzed up hip hop beat won me over."
Marc Lacasse (sHIFT Radio Show, Winnipeg) - "Fantastic arrangements … soulful and funky joints start to finish."