Sunday, April 02, 2006

My latest playlists

Although with little time on my hands lately, I did use it wisely also in my music choices looking for energy and motivation in what I have listen to. This is just a short & dirty a summary of some of those LPs.

Aphex Twin - Selected ambiental works (1985-1992)
A collection of psychedelic wisdom from Richard D. James. Easy to listen to; cool tracks flowing continuosly. Overall: 4 out of 5.

BONOBO - Dial M for Monkey (4 out of 5)
Downtempo stuff...the one that I enjoy the most nowdays; very melodic and natural.'Simon Green aka Bonobo is back with nine perfectly formed tracks on a perfectly formed album. No huge, bloated, over-conceptualised rottage for the monkey man. He gets in, does what he has to do, gets out.There is real development, the building of moods and feelings, a genuine attempt to make great music which is incidentally computer music.' (press release)

BONOBO-Solid Steel MIx- It came from Sea (5 out of 5)
Sticking to Bonobo, the mix for Solid Steel is excellent and touches many styles of music in a fluent way. His track "Reccuring" is my personal fav. Check it out! 'He set about building his DJ style in the same way, refusing to conform to the preconceived ideas of a laid back style, and aiming headlong for the dancefloor, with a heavy mixture of hip hop, weighty jazz, broken beats, Latin, funk, and soul, with the occasional cheeky bit of psyche rock and drum and bass thrown in. Just to keep you on yer toes right? Now a DJ of international repute, Bonobo has played all over the world, including playing to huge audiences in the USA and Canada with Amon Tobin, a progress culminating in Ninja Tune asking him to put together a Solid Steel mix album. Bugger the lounge, lets dance.'(Ninja tune-his label)

Various Artists- Cafe Jamaica (2.5 out of 5)
I was expecting more dubb on this one. Classical reggae sounds. Roots Rum and Reggae as the title says. Allright but not quite my style.

THE THIEVERY CORPORATION - The Mirror Conspiracy (5 out of 5)
2000. Downtempo at its best. Not to be missing from anyone's lounge music collection.2000 release for the extremely talented and unsung DJ duo. An amalgamation of reggae dubplates, lounge muzak, breaks, beats and bossanova. Review:The Mirror Conspiracy is quite a musical travelogue, starting in Jamaica with "Treasures." This dubby opening track, which features vocalist Brother Jack, is quite reminiscent of the start of Swayzak's Himawari. Next up is "Le Monde," a quiet, wah-wah-inflected song featuring a chanteuse named Lou Lou. She reappears later on the somewhat more uptempo "Shadows of Ourselves," which, despite the title, is also sung in French. "The Hong Kong Triad" sounds like a tip of the hat to Shaft-styled soundtrack music. Elsewhere, it's off to India for two sitar-flavored tracks with a similarly laidback groove that gets a bit closer to techno, one of which, "Lebanese Blonde" (hash? a woman?), has been released as a single. Brazil gets its due on the densely percussive "Air Batucada," the more bossa nova-like "So Com Voce," and an instrumental titled "Samba Tranquille." Fans of this style are sure to be pleased. --Bob Bannister

SCIENTIST - Dub in Roots Tradition (3 out of 5)
Early dub music from the late 70s without today's technological tweaks and peaks. Worth following for cultural purposes the very least. Enjoyable but ending up to be borring.

FAITHLESS - No Roots (4 out of 5)
Head-phone friendly stuff as I have noticed getting back from NYC..Polished and fluent tunes are all grouped into common themes and gives you the most and best of faithless. Personal Fav: Mass Destruction, Miss u less,see you more, What about love. Overall another very good release from F.

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