DJ Arthur Looby
From the streets of Traverse City, Michigan, DJ Arthur Looby, Born Arthur Arnold Rudolf Looby, always had music in his blood. As little boy, he’d dance and perform Michael Jackson songs (Arthur would have loved to record a song with Jackson) and pretty-soon people noticed his love for music. At the age of 5, Arthur moved to Germany where he graduated school and obtained a master’s in business management. Though Arthur lived his whole life in Germany, his heart belonged in the USA. Arthur chooses not to sing or rap, but rather likes to produce the beats and sound. He’s a true composer and songwriter.
He’s bringing his full-length LP – Stomp, to the universe, and the universe needs to listen up. There’s a ton of subjects covered in these well-produced tracks. Everything from social drama to politics and whatnot are heard about, along with some smoking hot female vocal-led tunes like “The Love You Give” with Showbiz from Arizona featuring said vocals. This track alone of worth the price of admission, but she can also be heard on the opener “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” which is more appropriately arranged for my taste. Not that it matters any, because the album sounds lust as good on shuffle as it does in order.
“Do It Baby” is one of the less serious raps with a mellow feel that can only be found a few times between the extensive amount of songs to choose from. It comes recommended, but part of that is because it plays well at any and every second. I was able-to skip around a lot, and that made DJ Flooby even more intriguing, as it gave a chance to see where the magic lies without concentrating on who else is involved in any given track. “Unforgettable” would be less forgettable if placed elsewhere in the track arrangement, and it’s not the only one that has that effect. This is an epic album at the end of the day, either way.
“Belonging To You” is an interesting twist, with its strong drum beat that sounds organically tribal. If you can’t get off on this track, then the sensational audio variety this album presents, is simply not for you. It goes well with most of the other produced pieces and has some nasty guitar parts. More like a rock drenched rap that a soul mover here. I like it as much as any of the other tracks. This is probably one of the highlights, if not a good contender. “It Wasn’t Me” is a techno-wonder with some great vocals featured behind a subdued backing track, and it keeps the pace absolutely-golden.
“Stomp” is another track title but it flies by quickly with no vocals to describe it. This is more like an instrumental statement that somehow unfortunately gets lost in the rest of the songs. But it’s only one tiny observation, but worth mentioning nevertheless from where I’m standing. Tracks such as “It Wasn’t Me” are more for the mainstream hip-hop fans. In-fact it’s so pop it sounds almost like an Adele track to these ears. And that is not a bad thing to be compared to, but it’s more a melody than a vocal prowess anyway. The influence is there no matter who’s singing, and it’s a compliment. Get Stomp and see for yourself.