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Spanspek Album Review: Ersatz Splynter - Lalochezia

Good morning folks! It's a brand new year so what better way to start off 2016 than reviewing something that was released at the ass end of 2015!  Take a listen to the new album from Fresno by way of Dinuba rapper and Roach Collection member ERSATZ SPLYNTER!
Ersatz Splynter
Lalochezia (Fake Four Inc.)

On his Fake Four debut Ersatz Splynter, the multi talented secret weapon of the Roach Collection collective, puts his many abilities on display in a depressive vegan manifesto that is pretty damn good. The excellent Myka 9 and Awok collab "Grub!" is the most convincing ode to healthy eating I've ever heard in my life. Weight Watchers should license it it's so catchy, And on the monolithic "I Might Know How You Feel", Splynter pens what may be the best and only hype song for the mentally ill. On the track, Splynter intones "If your mom can't remember who the fuck you are, and your dad's too drunk to care, put your hands in the air. Wave them like you never been scared". It's a sobering glimpse into the rappers life, but one that invites others to find solace in the shared pain.

The nimble lyricist also knows his way around a thesaurus, rapping bilingually at practically a million words per minute on the fire "Esta Es Una Cancion". Album opener "Track Won" similarly features Splynters signature quick draw flow. And while I'm on that track, it should be noted that the sly melodica and saxophone on the song is performed by Splynter. Much of the idiosyncratic production is owed to the rappers unique and energetic sensibility (see "Modern Day Shamanism" and it's dizzying syncopated sax riff).

All in all, Lalochezia is a great statement from an artist we've enjoyed and been following since his days leading a Roots type band back when MySpace was a thing.  Ersatz Splynter has grown by leaps and bounds since that time and it's exciting to see him working at his very best.
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Thanks and we'll see you next time with a new review!  Or something else!  Who knows!

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