Author: James McQuiston

Posted on: February 15, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Juicy Oasis (Breckenridge Brewery)

12 ounce can, originally reviewed 2/2024. Juicy Oasis is an fruited, hazy India Pale Ale offered up by Breckenridge Brewery. The beer pours with a yellow-brown coloration and a small amount of whitish head. Lacing gradually creeps down the glass as one continues their journey. The initial nose of the brew is a blend of peaches and apricots, coming forth with more sweet notes than previewing the hoppiness that is…

Posted on: February 8, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Maple Pecan Bligh’s Barleywine Ale (Dry Dock)

Maple Pecan Bligh’s Barleywine Ale pours with a dark-brown to mahogany coloration. The initial nose of the brew provides a solid hit of alcohol burn along with a sugary note (likely from the inclusion of maple syrup). Perhaps most interesting about this effort is how well the burn is hidden through the caramel and pecan flavors at the onset. This “zing” begins to grow as one progresses further in each…

Posted on: February 4, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Caramel Macchiato Stout (Old Bust Head)

Poured into a glass from a 16 ounce can. Contains a small amount of light tan head and ample lacing. Nose provides imbibers with a preview about the different sweet elements that they will experience in this stout. The first sips of the brew are well-balanced, allowing for the coffee and caramel elements to start things off before being moderated by a bit of toasted malt and grain. The flavors…

Posted on: February 3, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

GaREE ALL “Going to Amsterdam” 

In Going to Amsterdam, GaREE ALL is able to create a travelogue about the titular city. There’s a whole collection of distinct places to see and actions to do (and to avoid). There’s a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor that is present through the more matter of fact narration. The light trapping of instrumentation that plays at the bottom of the song adds further depth to the track. Overall, Going to…

Posted on: February 3, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Justice feat. Tame Impala “One Night/All Night”

We’ve been bumping Justice for about 15 years at this point after we were turned on to DVNO. The act is back with One Night/All Night, a luxurious dance track that benefits from the rock stylings of Tame Impala. Haunting vocals match perfectly with a shuffling dance beat that assuredly will get fans out on the dance floor. The funk-infused bass that comprises the middle part of One Night/All Night…

Posted on: February 3, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Spider Cherry “Little Bit Shy”

During Spider Cherry’s “Little Bit Shy”, fans will absolutely adore the numerous musical styles and approaches that the performer inserts within. There is a look back to the pop music of the late 1990s, the bit of Fall Out Boy that drips off the vox, and a tremendous amount of charisma that glues the different parts of the song together. Little Bit Shy could easily garner DJ attention because of…

Posted on: February 3, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

GaREE ALL “Cheeky”

GaREE ALL has created a spoken word track in Cheeky that is able to build upon the work of a Gil Scott-Haron or mid-20th century beat poet and make it speak loudly for modern audiences. Listeners will be focused in to the narrative that GR is laying down here. The presence of robust backing instrumentation provides further depth to the statements that are presented in the track. We’re loving the…

Posted on: January 27, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Otamatone Deluxe Musical Synthesizer

Long-time readers to NeuFutur know that my daughter acts as a reviewer-of-sorts when it comes to toys. In fact, we’ve been collecting “unconventional” musical devices from the last 60 years with the hope that we’ll record something in the future. She was quite delighted when we were sent an Otamatone Deluxe, as one of her avorite Youtubers creates homages to famous music with the instrument. Priced at around $80, the…

Posted on: January 25, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Voodoo Ranger Tropic Force (Tropical IPA)

In terms of readily-accessible imperial IPAs, the Voodoo Ranger line is top-of-the-line. New Belgium has created a number of distinct offerings in the line, with the Fruit Force being one of the most innovative IPAs we had tasted last year. The brewery has expanded their line to offer Tropic Force, an IPA that pours with a very light yellow coloration and a goodly amount of persistent white head. Tropic Force’s…

Posted on: January 24, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Johnny PE “Changes” 

Changes has such brilliant imagery that Johnny PE presents. One can identify with the narrative that is built up during the track; the sheer amount of self-doubt and one’s lack of confidence in their own abilities is something that practically everyone can understand. Discussion of substance abuse will also hit home for many listeners, but there seems to be a bit of a bright light shining behind the clouds here.…