For his Emperor Norton debut, keyboardist/producer Money Mark decided to take the instrumental route.

For his Emperor Norton debut, keyboardist/producer Money Mark decided to take the instrumental route. The result, part lounge music, part '70s film score, is wholly individual. Mark, known for his collaborations with Beastie Boys and Beck, remains true to his left-of-center production tendencies on such tracks as "Information Contraband," where distorted sounds dominate. Conversely, the funky "Soul Drive Six Avenue" sounds like a flashback from a Blaxploitation film. Meanwhile, Mark's keyboards dominate tracks like "Chocochip" and "Caught Without a Race." An acquired taste for sure, Mark's Change Is Coming will surely please those looking for something beyond the ordinary.—RH

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