State Machine (Crowd Control Records)
Reviewed by Chase Hoffberger, Fri., April 13, 2012
NickNackState Machine (Crowd Control Records)
The fourth platter from ATX DJ Nick "Nack" Malkiewicz arrives much like the first three: a vast landscape of intricate rhythms, downtempo beats, and soulful samples in the vein of the late J Dilla ("Nobody Else"). The difference between State Machine and 2010's Dearly Departed lies in the raps that occur in evenly spaced spurts from a slew of Texas' finest. Eight rappers spit bars, with highlights coming from Lowkey, Dowrong, and Reggie Coby's verbal assault on the murky "Gimme a Chance" and Dallas duo A.Dd+'s slow burn on "Can't You See." Machine's long-standing appeal, ultimately comes bundled in NickNack's understanding of the larger picture. The local stalwart remains a master of sonic segues, seamlessly mixing the dark soul of the Temptations-sampled "Brazen" with "The Darling" and a thick guitar melody on "Idiom" for the type of suite you can get lost inside. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.