Javelin, "No Mas"

68 Billboard Rating

Electronic music has received wider exposure in the rock-leaning indie culture thanks to acts like Girl Talk and Justice. But it's never seen something like Brooklyn-based duo Javelin's bizarre blending of beats and blips. On their second release "No Mas," cousins George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk stake their claim in the world of electronica with an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach, yielding infectious but often mind-boggling results. The song "Mossy Woodland" sets a heartbreak lyrical theme ("Drip-drop-drip-drop-drip goes the sound of the rain/Falling on my heart/I'm falling apart") to electronic-tinged strings and crashing drum hits, and Javelin proves that disco isn't dead on "On It on It." Meanwhile, the track "Susie Cues" splices funky piano with beats reminiscent of '80s hip-hop. And with the single "Oh! Centra," which channels vintage videogame noises and features helium-voiced rap verses, it's no wonder "No Mas" leaves the listener dazed, confused and coming back for more. --Lindsey Fortier

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