Minerva was the goddess of poetry, wisdom and magic, and for the most part, Maria Minerva’s past music has stayed true to the original goddess’s resume.
The moment this track came on, I was pulled into something otherworldly; a perfect, acidic blend of beautiful and filtered chord progressions, accompanying an awesome vocal sample. Can’t beat that, right? Expecting nothing but the best of the best, I decided to prolong the epicness of the “beat drop” like some douchebag DJ, replaying the intro another three-times to further build up my own anticipation… and then, on the fourth go round, I let the beat drop.
Literally, it dropped though. The epicness immediately left the song as some badly sampled hip-hop drums trampled my emotional high and Maria Minerva began singing in what sounded like a tone deaf acid trip. It also didn’t help that I recognized the kokyu sample which is from the song “Shanghai” by Subscape (which, by the way, is an exceptional song).
Anyway, on a more positive note, the oriental theme was likable and invoked memories of the badly dubbed kung fu films I love. Overall, if it weren’t for the sped-up, lo-fi hip-hop drums, I probably would have enjoyed this track a little bit. I’ll just keep replaying the intro. What do you think?