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RJD2 Shows Ambition on 'More Is Than Isn't' – Album Premiere

Eclectic producer ranges through sounds on fifth LP

RJD2
Ben Mistak
September 30, 2013 8:30 AM ET

RJD2 has a resume as eclectic as his music: He's worked as a DJ, produced tracks for hip-hop artists (like DOOM) and recorded genre-blurring electronic music on his own. 

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On October 8th, he'll release his fifth LP, More Is Than Isn't. A reliably adventurous outing, the album ventures from jazzy interludes ("Suite 1") to warped disco ("Behold, Numbers!") to psychedelic synth soundscapes ("A Lot of Night Ahead of You"). It's a largely instrumental work peppered with vocal cameos from singers (Phonte Coleman, Aaron Livingston) and rappers (Blueprint, P. Blackk, STS, Khari Mateen).

Check out an exclusive stream of More Is Than Isn't below. The album is currently available for pre-order on Amazon

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