Toeing the genre line, Theory of Addicts by Ribkat and Josy B. can best be described as a Molotov cocktail of hip-hop and electronica. It’s definitely “Saturday Night Music”, something you play loud, as you get ready to hit the club, but it’s not only booty shaking nonsense. There’s a sense of pride both lyrically and in production, which makes this more than a mindless album that the cast from Jersey Shore would battle dance to.
Ribkat, formerly of Fort Minor, is a seasoned vet on the mic and Josy B. complements him nicely with her sassy Puerto Rican vibe. They share equal time on the 10-track album and considering this is their debut, they have a cohesiveness that suggests they’ve been making music together for years. Ribkat’s pointed but smooth delivery is highlighted on the track “I Won’t Forget You” a song dedicated to finding that special someone for that night, week, or maybe longer.
The distinctive quality of Theory of Addicts lies in its production. Every track sounds unique and nothing is recycled, which lazy electronica can tend to do. The first track, “Taknology” sets the mood with a funky synth line that stays consistent until a piano ditty takes over, then another synth line before it comes full circle. This pattern stays consistent from track to track and each song presents multiple layers in its construction. “19th Floor” brings rock elements to the album and is a definite party anthem that “bangs like King Kong”. The track “Iceage” flips the script again with Japanese sounding strings that mesh nicely with drums, synths and keys.
The most sophisticated track, “Patience”, showcases all three elements of the group; Ribkat spits about lessons learned in life and love, Josy B.’s vocals are strong and on point, and the production goes down nice and smooth with a mélange of sounds. The final, and title track, “Theory of an Addict” takes us back to the beginning with a vibrant, in-your-face sound which features an electric guitar and has that party anthem vibe, a definite theme here.
Theory of Addicts is a solid debut with definite replay value. It would have been nice to see a little more range from Josy B. as she was mostly reserved for the hooks, solid as they may be, but it feels she has the potential to be a more focal point of the duo. I expect this to be the beginning of something special and can’t wait to see what’s in store for Ribkat and Josy B. in the future.