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Foul Tip is a two-piece drum and bass band that rests on a skillfully crafted synchronicity between drummer Ed Bornstein and bassist Adam Luksetich. Bornstein holds down strenuously tight beats while Luksetich leads the songs with fuzz covered bass. The duo's lyrical sensibility parallels their punk oriented sonic leanings with peculiarly philosophical diatribes like the one on "Success" in which they criticize the modern penchant for stardom, popularity, and pedestalled self-image: "Don't be obsessed with success / Chasing dreams you just can't catch / Because you could play the game just right / You'd be losing sleep all night." The real gold in Foul Tip's work is their ability to offer complex cultural commentary using sonic and lyrical simplicity. This is the essential aim of their 2016 album Forever Driftin': to be conceptually complex and practically minimal.
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