More Is Less
Greek rhythm rustler Chop Juggler has dropped his debut album – titled More Is Less – to follow up the well-received Diggasmic EP on Cult Classic Records. Released on the prolific Cold Busted label, More Is Less collects eleven top notch beat-heavy jams from the young producer, now in his early twenties but involved in music making since the beginning of his teens. His artist name is apt, as Chop Juggler is adept at taking loops and samples and melding, twisting, and – yes – chopping them into intricate compositions. "Amethyst" provides convincing evidence; seemingly disparate sources are cut into sonic snatches, layered and bursting in and out of the mix to any beat-head's delight. There's also the more uptempo "Night Travel" which sounds just like that ... if one is traveling by moonlight in a '70s television crime drama. Slower, spacey moments like "Money Can't Buy Time" and "Brave New World" showcase Chop Juggler's depth, but with his ear for striking samples and tough hip hop beats still in full display. More Is Less follows through in its title's statement by never overwhelming, but the album's satisfying flow will indeed find the listener looking for more from this talented producer.