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Boomkat Product Review:
I've been reading a lot about this Mark Robbins chap (he's the sole member of the unusually named Monkey Don't) and apparently he's a bit of a strange one. Not only is he afflicted by Thalassaphobia (that's fear of the sea for non Greek speakers) but he has seriously debilitating OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). It's a wonder he gets any music done then, but when you think about it, unhealthy obsession should be a big part of any musician's life shouldn't it? I know I have an unhealthy obsession with quite a number of elements of the music scene, but would I regard that as obsessive compulsive? Quite possibly, and it's clear that Robbins' own obsessions come through in 'Gubbins', his debut album. There's an obvious love for Mercury Rev, Sonic Youth and Pavement on here, but then you get a strange (and appreciated) leaning towards much more electronic sounds which gives the tracks a certain interesting quality. The electronics aren't always as well crafted as with the usual 'indie-tronica' drivel we get faced with, and that's what gives Monkey Don't an edge, this is some kind of fresh take on lo-fi, just with drum machines and synths rather than a guitar with a drumstick rudely inserted to make swishy noises. I'm being told on the Monkey Don't Myspace page that there's a leaning towards my favourite R&B chanteuse Amerie, and although I can't really hear it there's definitely some soul hidden away beneath them there indie whines, and that's something you don't usually hear me saying. Fans of the Flaming Lips should definitely take a look - Monkey Don't is a rather delectable obsession.