Take, Only Mountain
Thomas “Take” Wilson is frequently mistaken as a rookie, but his career actually dates back to the early 2000s and encompasses several under-appreciated works, including 2007’s Earthtones & Concrete. He has developed a highly distinct production style that borrows liberally from 1980s New Age jazz and electronics, albeit with a hip-hop imprint. On Only Mountain, he pushes his abstractions into ambient territory. On highly melodic tracks like “Don’t Look Now” and “If We Don’t All Go Insane,” Take seems unbothered by rhythmic structure; but he tethers others, like “If We All Don’t Go Insane,” to current trends by utilizing dubstep and 8-bit blips.