Review - The Blunted Boy Wonder

Artist: Steve Stoll

On his debut album for NovaMute, Steve Stoll showcases a style similar to fellow New Yorkers Joey Beltram (also on NovaMute) and Damon Wild. The sound is hard-edged, minimalist techno, better known as "trance" -- the opiate of the masses.

Maybe it's just a semantics thing, but labels that put out material they hope will sell (the shamelessly commercial Prodigy was originally on NovaMute) tend to avoid labeling an artist's sound as "trance" due to the negative amphetamine cloud that hangs over it. But make no mistake here, Stoll's music is trance. And if he intends to move dance floors with this collection, it's questionable that tracks like the pesky, monotonous "Mosquito," the syrupy "Slipstream" or the dimly lit "Drop Zone" will catch on with the dance proletariat.

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