Far East Movement, Dirty Bass

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 06.12.12 in Reviews

Dirty Bass

FaR*eAst Movement
The less they say, the better

It’s no coincidence that the less L.A. party-rap quartet Far East Movement and their many special guests talk — or, rather, say — on the follow-up to 2010′s Free Wired, the better. Which means that even half-baked attempts at quasi-meaning such as “If I Die Tomorrow” (it means they’ll party!) or “Live My Life,” with Justin Bieber in not-that-becoming sulky-as-”mature” mode, are handily trumped by the likes of the accidentally-timed Maurice Sendak memorial tribute “Where the Wild Things Are,” with Crystal Kay’s sung hook as giddy and evanescent as a champagne bubble, and the ridiculous “Basshead,” featuring YG, the low end of which glows neon even on cheap earbuds. “Nothing like a hoochie with an 808,” goes a line from the latter, summing up the proceedings. Good thing no one’s paying any attention to the words, huh?