Opening with a spaghetti western-sourced sample of slide whistle and cheap, dusty guitars, “Mangosteen” begins the set and sounds similar to Washington, D.C. producer Edan’s psychedelic beats. The woozy bounce of the stringed sample is reminiscent of Broadcast’s postmodern pastiche, with the dance-floor enthusiasm and swagger of the Avalanches’ edit-happy compositions.
“Coriander” and “Turmeric,” two early tracks that present the album’s pantry-herb-and-spice theme, feature a wobbled, glitchy take on Southern hip hop with a demented section of stringed accompaniment. Similar to Clams Casino’s 2011 breakout Instrumentals mixtape, MDF blends melancholic progression and nostalgic melodies with clean yet bombastic beats that seem custom-tailored for a backpack lyricist to sprawl all over. The album also throws in bizarre interludes and transitions to create a hazy, dreamlike mood throughout. The gauzy glue seals one of the best mixtapes to come out of Athens in recent memory. 4 out of 5.