And the record, most of which is already in the can, is really different from our last one, says bandleader Jesse Keeler. The Toronto-based duo of Keeler and production partner Al-P won fans worldwide with its debut The Looks Last Gang , a bombastic blend of electro, pop and high-energy noise, which was pushed onto dance floors by adventurous DJs like Aoki. We just wanted to try different options for America, and I don't think there's anyone in the States who's been a better supporter of us than Steve Aoki, championing our stuff, says Keeler. So when he approached us it just seemed like it made a lot of sense. The album's other guests include Ghostface Killah, E, Freeway, Lil' Mo, and John Legend -- a definitive move to a different sound that Keeler admits we thought would alienate some people.
Fist of God
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It's like listening to someone trying to rap in a lightning field. This is a telling moment on an album that always seems to be shouting over itself, a tone that accounts for Fist of God 's virtues and shortcomings alike. Jesse F. Al-P , which is now his primary endeavor. The transition represents Keeler gradually weaning himself off of rock, trading his bass guitar for various consoles and his dance-inflected rock music for rock-inflected dance music.
Initial critical response to Fist of God was very average. At Metacritic , which assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 58, based on reviews. Keeler told ClashMusic. It might sound like a calculated business move, but it was mainly a musical thing.
Both are built around buzzing old-school synths, thunderous drums, and jumpy, floor-filling disco and robo-funk. It's the stuff they put on top that makes for the gulf in quality. Looks was based on a gimmick that could either tickle you or wear you down and have you wincing in pain by the end of the record -- namely, the vocoder that the duo of Al-P and Jesse F.