White dudes trafficking in come-hither R&B can be broken down into two schools of thought. There's imitation-is-the-sincerest-form-of-flattery revivalism ("The Mayer Hawthorne"), or intentionally over-the-top deconstruction ("The Har Mar"). For nearly a decade, however, Erik Appelwick has traveled a decidedly lonelier path. Through three albums as Vicious Vicious, Appelwick's scintillating slow jams and boisterous booty-shaking romps both acknowledge a debt to Bootsy Collins and inject distinctly modern electronic elements into the mix. As he settled into making his fourth album, however, Appelwick felt like Vicious Vicious's sincerity... More >>>