Six months after releasing the "Ten" album (which I feel is excellent) with Why? & Odd Nosdam under the moniker cLOUDDEAD, Dose One gets with Jel and four other dudes and releases another album worthy of your $15. Subtle's "A New White" is a great album; one that I find is more consistent throughout than previous Dose releases. What I mean by that is not necessarily that it's better than his previous work, just has a better ratio of good to bad songs.
Themselves are Dose's more conventional (though swaying from convention) hip hop group. cLOUDDEAD is Dose's more experimental hip hop (if you consider it hip hop) group. Subtle is right in the middle of both of those groups. You could consider Subtle as Themselves more experimental, or as CLOUDDEAD with more focus. One thing is I find this band to be darker than both.
"I Love L.A.", my personal favorite of the album, has some unusual production for an Anticon outfit. It is melancholy (which isn't totally unusual for Anticon), but it's beautiful all the same. It's got soft acoustic guitars, violins, beauty. This song emphasizes Doses' genius: he knows how to make any music and beat work for himself. "F.K.O." on the other hand is the most straight forward song on the album. It's has the typically great Jel beat, which Dose is well at home with. "Hand-Replacement" is another wonderfully dark song with a very melodic chorus. "Silence..." is another good song with an amazing ending. "Red, White & Blonde" is really unlike anything you've heard from Dose yet, and it works. Pitchforkmedia.com likened it to material by The Books, though I wouldn't know that reference. The rest of the songs are really good too. "She", "Meat Song", "Eyewash", they're all good. In eleven of the tracks, I found no song I didn't like. On a five star scale system, I'd likely rate every song above a four, which is something I could never do with all Themselves and cLOUDDEAD releases.
If you like cLOUDDEAD & Themselves, you'd like this. Though I wouldn't say more, because I do prefer cLOUDDEAD myself. Being a fan of Dose One is really rewarding. I mean the guy does not stop working, and his visions are fruitful. If you are one of the few people who can stand Dose One's eccentric musical nature, it's positive after postive from there. Buy this album.