by Mystery Skulls


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The debut full-length album from Los Angeles' Mystery Skulls, 2014's Forever, showcases the group's infectious, '80s-influenced disco, R&B, and dance-oriented soul. Primarily centered around the talents of lead singer, songwriter, and musical mastermind Luis Dubuc, Mystery Skulls make pulsing, laser-toned R&B that touches upon vintage '70s and '80s club music as much as it does contemporary R&B, techno, and EDM. In that sense, cuts like "The Future," "Fantasy," and "Forever" fit just as nicely alongside cuts by Daft Punk and Grum as they do tracks from such similarly inclined artists as Sam Sparro and Justin Timberlake. What helps set Mystery Skulls apart from the rest of the electro-R&B pack is Dubuc's lithe vocal abilities. Blessed with soulful phrasing, a burnished middle vocal range, and a knack for ascending into a lusty falsetto croon, Dubuc comes across as less the pulsating center of a robotic hive mind, à la Daft Punk, and more like an improbable cross between Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump and '90s R&B prodigal son D'Angelo. It also doesn't hurt the album, or Dubuc's cred for that matter, that he's joined here on "Magic" and "Number 1" by both Chic guitar legend Nile Rodgers and '90s soul diva Brandy. Musically, while most of the songs on Forever are set to deep programmed grooves and heavy synth basslines, Dubuc nonetheless strikes an even balance between his use of synthesizer (his main instrument), real piano, drums, and orchestral strings. Ultimately, it's this sophisticated balance that helps Forever sound both organic and computerized, warmly familiar, and utterly fresh.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2014
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624933397
catalogNumber: 545608
Rank: 32126

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mystery Skulls   Primary Artist
Nile Rodgers   Guitar
Melodye Perry   Background Vocals
Brandy   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Snowblood   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Zack Ordway   Guitar
Dezmond Meeks   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mike Elizondo   Composer
John LaMonica   Composer,Additional Production
Cory Kilduff   Additional Production
Noah Shain   Composer
Luis Dubuc   Composer
Thomas Schwab   Cover Art Direction
Esjay Jones   Composer
Benjamin Wright   String Arrangements
Mystery Skulls   Producer
Anton Hard Af   Composer
Asia Whiteacre   Composer

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