Boomkat Product Review:
What with the personal misfortunes that have blighted Subtle in the past few years, it would have been oh-so easy for the Oakland-based sextet to shift their sound towards something more introspective and melancholic. 'The Mercury Craze' is a middle-finger at even considering such a notion... Stacked to toppling with melodies and undercut with a rattling set of beats that takes Outkast's 'B.O.B' as inspiration, 'The Mercury Craze' is a frenetic bluster of hyper-kinetic alt.hip-hop that shoehorns a potentially overwhelming selection of elements into a portrait of simplicity. Peppered with Adam 'Doseone' Drucker's helium verbals, this is a slice of leftfield ripeness that requires no backpack to be enjoyed; as pop crescendos crash, beats clatter and it all gets wrapped up with serious aplomb. Backed with the rock-founded 'Middleclass Haunt' featuring Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner on vocals, 'The Mercury Craze' enough to reinstate your faith in the leftfield. Mercury revved!