Some Water and Sun

John Hughes III is obviously obsessed with the subtleties of nature. How else could one explain the blood-and-bones samples on his Slicker albums -- where he reduced the human voice to beats, and jazz players to zoo escapees -- or Some Water and Sun, a collaboration with Shin "Spanova" Tasaki that sounds like an earth science film tweaked by Timbaland? All My Friends Have to Go even has a sputtering geyser of a love song ("Watering") that's literally about a woman watching a man as he waters his garden. It all works wonderfully, though, as a certified organic experience that'll have you reaching for a bottle of lotion and a boombox in no time.

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