Blanco & The Jacka “Duck Hunt”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 03.10.14 in Listen to This

Scan the tracklisting of Game Over, the new, free mixtape from Blanco & the Jacka, and the concept becomes quickly apparent: “Duck Hunt,” “Mega Man,” “Punch-Out!!!” But while the track names are obviously inspired by classic video games, it’s harder to work out how those homages pop up in the song’s lyrics. That’s of minor concern on “Duck Hunt,” a noir-ish, minor-key number bolstered by breathless, mile-a-minute verses. “Duck Hunt” is heavy as fog, pushing determinedly forward, anchored in a chilling piano line and ghostly vocal samples.