The Knux: Remind Me in 3 Days . . .
Multi-instrumentalist brothers Alvin and Kintrell Lindsey have never met a music genre they didn't want to try, if the practically schizophrenic Remind Me in 3 Days . . .is admitted into evidence. The New Orleans-raised, Los Angeles-based Lindsey brothers--better known by MC tags Rah Almillio and Krispy Kream in the duo the Knux--embrace every stripe of guitar crunch, techno thwap, and boom bap on their debut: classic G-funk ("Cappuccino"), skittish '80s post-punk pop ("Roxxanne"), rickety digital-hardcore eurotrash ("The Train"), Outkastian stank funk ("F!ire [Put it in the Air"]), the Coup-ian glide ("Parking Lot"), skank metal ("Hush"), and so on. It's an impressive feat that these two young men wrote, produced, and played all the instruments on this playful 17-track outing, but that doesn't change the fact that when every track recalls some other act, it leaves you wondering just who the Knux is.
The brothers even tend to sound alike and have similarly nimble deliveries, making it sometimes difficult to tell who's zooming who. More distressing is that Rah Almillio and Krispy Kream don't have much to say. They're storytelling party-rappers here, but even in that context they're content to be opportunistically clever: lead single "Cappuccino" features the instantly catchy refrain "I need a fresh cappuccino with a mocha twist/ hey miss," but the rest of the time they meander through instantly forgettable relationship observations laced with coffee shop talk. The bouncing bass line makes the track cling to the ears, but this song writing bad habit--a great verbal hook and backing production marred by underwhelming rapping--afflicts the entire album. Not every rhyme-sayer has to broaden the consciousness, but at least try to entertain.
All of which doesn't stop Remind from being incorrigibly fun. You can guess what groups these guys love just by listening to the album, and that broad range of influences easily recalls early '90s hip-hop, when a different generation of young upstarts injected restless energy into their music. And while Remind can't touch that slept-on 1991 classic, De La Soul is Dead, the Knux is aiming for that level of playful vitality and engaging glee.