New track “Freaking Out” from Juiceboxx is taken from the rapper’s upcoming album to be released on Dangerbird Records this summer. Freaked Out American Loser promises to be a thing of beauty from an artist who measures the balance between head and heart, or the internal and external atmospheres.
With a beat, a bounce, and a flow that echoes a bare-knuckle era Beastie Boy track “Freaking Out” is deserving of a Nathaniel Hornblower-directed video. This track is the sonic equivalent of a battle between anxiety attack and a victim of hyper self-awareness who projects mad skills with UFO-like shine. Juiceboxxx lays self-deprecating humor over sardonic verses, the result is something that relies on audience intelligence as much as it does the eagerness of others to get up and get down.
Like the Beasties, there’s something of a guitar-punk background to Juiceboxxx who cites bands like The Breeders as being influential to his approach. Also in the catalog of heroes whose influence is felt here is the Wu Tang Clan. The East Coast accent of old school cool puts down a solid base for the euphoric, more modern sounds to move over. Juiceboxxx is smart enough to know what he’s playing with – so those heroes aren’t artificially synthesized or called upon for novelty.
As the first track from his new album “Freaking Out” offers a good idea of the trajectory of the artist who has been building momentum these past few years. His last album, 2015’s Heartland 99 represented a watermark release from Juiceboxxx in that it mashed genres together and made clear his manifesto – “You’ve got to follow your fucked up dreams”.
From the sound of “Freaking Out” the manifesto is playing out nicely, but not without cost. There are night sweats, that said they don’t sound like they’re anything that can’t be turned into art.
For “Freaking Out” we award Juiceboxxx 27 out of 34 volts of ECT.
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