Review - Invisible Airline

Artist: Q-Burns Abstract Message

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Invisible Airline
Label: Astralwerks
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Invisible Airline

As a former indie rock musician who embraced the power of the groove early on, Q-Burns Abstract Message (a.k.a. Michael Donaldson) always seemed to be sort of an enigma in a scene filled with funky breaks and trance. However, unlike some of the other Orlando-based electronic artists that were propelled into the national spotlight during the '90s, Donaldson has steadfastly refused to give up his own musical identity. On "Invisible Airline," his second full-length recording, Q-Burns' vision of house, disco, funk, dub and ambient pop remains focused and strong.

From the warped psychedelia of album opener "Hey! Star City" to the hypnotic closer "Dreamland," this is indeed one fantastic ride. Six of the 12 tracks feature the commanding but accessible vocals of Lisa Shaw, ensuring that more mainstream ears won't get lost during the journey. More adventurous travelers should check out "Imprisoned Glitch," a schizophrenic hip-hop production that includes local mouthpiece Swamburger.

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