EDM and hip hopper, 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.
However, it’s not easy to get a read on yet as far as his career goes. It all starts here for me because his album Stomp, is all I have-to go by. But the good news is that’s enough to hear how well he’s doing, because this is a release with a lot of it riding on the songs he chose for it. Songs like the opening track “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” which features Show Biz. This gets the party started with a groovy number that sends a message not to be so negative, and to be grateful instead. And the same goes for “The Love You Give” and “Feel It In My Head” as well. As they check out for all, and other tracks limited to explicit rap lovers.
The tempo of the tracks, go all over the map, so there is no lacking in the amount of moods to go with it. There’s something for just about everyone on this album. “Night” is one of the smoking dance pieces, while “I’m A Rider” relies more on relaxing and chilling to. It’s enormously satisfying to cruise to or just hang by the pool. There are a few clichés in the lyrics on this but it’s pure fun no matter how you shake it. The snappy beat and booming bass help all the tracks with the same consistency throughout, keeping it mixed with absolute precision. The high-end effect comes from that ability to do everything he does.
“Do It Baby” gets into some bump and grind that keeps a steady groove even though one of the shortest tracks. It’s by no means among the weaker tracks, in-fact there’s few to no forgettable moments on the album. Even with a track entitled: “Forgettable.” “Kangaroo” comes on strong at its point with more gangsta-style but it carries a retro-vibe that won’t quit. It manages to get you jumping before it’s over. And it will resonate as-long as you’re into it and the rest on offer as well. “Denim’s Feat Wrecking Crew” has some of the coolest sampling to be heard, with all the humor you’re looking for in a rap. Another enjoyable track for sure.
“Creepy Little Girl” follows the whole Adam Lavine vocal approach with some hardcore rumblings thrown in for jazz. It gets almost comical with a growl that way. This is not the best, or the worst point of the disc either. It’s playful enough to keep the energy going. But the title track, “Stomp” itself is the best overall effort on offer for the dance music fans to cut a rug too. It’s just pure beats and nothing more, but it will have to dancing till daylight if you leave it on loop. That and more are all to be found on this solid release by an up and coming star in his own right, as-long as the world gets wind of him.