Will Hermes
April 14, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

At Home With the Groovebox

Current Status
In Season

We gave it an B

Fun idea: Give a unique piece of electronic music-making hardware to a bunch of pop experimentalists and let ’em go. The Roland MC-505 At Home with the Groovebox mates modern sequencing with vintage rhythm machines, so everything here has a vaguely retro, Jetsons-esque feel. Best bits: Beck’s cartoon electro-funk, Air’s film-score drama, Will Oldham’s metronomic suicide note, Bis’ ad jingle, and Pavement’s Steve Malkmus angling for a career as a hip-hop MC. B

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