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wtorek, 30 czerwca 2009
Sessional and collective Herbaliser

For nearly whole music track record, this jazz-hip hop project of Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba was an epitome of Ninja Tune wackiness. However, it has been changed in recent year, for the time being only, hopefully. The reason lies in Berlin-based label, !K7 Records, which has released their lastest album, "Same As It Never As". And now this German entity prepares their following issue which will be available in August.

album sleeve

Do you remember their keen, alive longplay called "Session One"? Probably it was the only one album, which The Herbaliser band dropped on their own cost by Department H imprint. If you can't colligate it by on means, so I hint that a brimful funky groove of 70s movies in form of one tune, Missing Suitcase, was put in this plate. But those guys are coming back along with those patterns' affairs after nine-years long break. Thus, it wasn't any enigma that they want to entitle this disc like ... just "Session 2".

Embrancing their resumed roots, rolled out a plate assembling eleven compositions. Even their process of development is peculiar. It emerged that we will stand a change listening their quite novel, as well as a very old, even 12 years old, tracks on this album. Getting into the swing of an evolutionary chain this project hence - from 2-person London's venture what had been transforming into 5-piece and eventually 7-piece incredible quick-witted band. And like a continuation was concerned, The Herbaliser crew has strongly stressed hip hop and acid jazz mostly, that is, a painstalking concoction of vibrating and engrossing stuff. On "Session 2" swims in the knotty jazz-funk fuss. A string of audible themes directly taken from an fanficul blaxploitation at full throttle.

As a matter of fact, I don't need to say you nothing more, becase you can find out this the hard way. Being a serious label which watches over every its issues carefully, !K7 Records has conceived the internet PR campaign, quite neat, this time too. So it's not otherwise in case of The Herbaliser newest album. It established a special website, from which you can listen four compositions (trancey, foggy acid jazz incarnation in "Another Mother", for instance), as well as, heck, download another for free, robust hip hop jam "Geddim!". Oh yeah!

Sesyjny i zespołowy Herbaliser

Przez niemalże całą swoją muzyczną historię, jazz-hiphopowy projekt Jake'a Wherry'ego i Ollie Teeba był chlubą wytwórni Ninja Tune. Ale w zeszłym roku wszystko się zmieniło, mam nadzieje tylko tymczasowo. Otóż berlińska oficyna !K7 Records wydała ich ostatni album Same As It Never Was. A teraz szykuje się na kolejne długogrające wydawnictwo - już w sierpniu.

okładka albumu

Czy pamiętacie ich longplay "Session One"? Był to bodajże jedyny album, jaki ekipa The Herbaliser wydała własnym sumptem - Department H. Jeżeli nie kojarzycie tego wydawnictwa, to przypomnę, iż z tego krążka pochodzi pełen funkowego groove numer Missing Suitcase osadzony w klimatach filmów lat 70. Chłopaki wracają ze swoimi wzorcami po dziewięciu latach przerwy. Stąd można było się spodziewać, że zatytułują go ... "Session 2".

Ten krążek będzie składał się z jedenastu kompozycji. Chociaż ich proces powstawania jest interesujący. Okazuje się, że na tym albumie znajdą się zarówno utwory stworzone rok temu, jak i ponad dwanaście lat temu. Będzie można poczuć pewien ewolucyjny ciąg tego projektu - z przedsiewzięcia dwóch Londyńczyków w zespół pięcio- oraz ostatecznie siedmioosobowy. No a jak chodzi o ciągłość to ekipa The Herbaliser postawiła na hip hop i acid jazz, czyli sumienny miks wibrujących i wciągających numerów. Na "Session 2" będzie tego naprawdę pod dostatkiem. Ciąg dźwiękowych klimatów wyjętych żywcem z historii puszczonych na pełnych obrotach.

Zresztą co ja wam będę o tym więcej mówić, jak sami możecie się przekonać. Jak na wytwórnię !K7 Records przystało, dba (w miarę ok) o internetowy PR swoich wydawnictw. Nie inaczej jest w przypadku albumu The Herbaliser. Powstała strona www, na której możecie posłuchać czterech utworów (mglista, narkotyczna acid jazzowa inkarnacja w "Another Mother") oraz, a niech mnie to, ściągnąć jeden z nich zupełnie za darmo - krzepki "Geddim!".

22:33, marcin.nieweglowski , Świeżynki & rodzynki
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poniedziałek, 29 czerwca 2009
German reliability by Tur

Far and away, to the German big wigs, who extraordinarily positively have recorded on cards of house music, belong: Ian Pooley, Mousse T., Terry Lee Brown Junior, The Timewriter  or Boris Dlugosch. But everything point out that's a turn enhancing to new generation represented by profic producer, Manuel Tur.

album cover

And all it's due to debut album by this dweller of Hesse, wherefrom Heiko Laux derives, as well. Until now, Manuel has released many EPs for various German as well as British labels. Albeit, as it usually happens - the biggest challenge for every rising producer is almost composing a complex, long-conceptual-issue, the longplay indeed. Before I heard 0201 outcomes, I had expected nothing special, taking them in stride. In spite of fact Tur has been operating on house music scene for six years, none of his compositions haven't been born in my mind, unfortunately,

However, I'm dead sure that it was changing by dint of "Passtelise" and "Rubicond" - two the newest Manuel works which they will be remembered by me, as well as are revealing about an enourmous potential of this 22-years-old musican. Certainly, he has gifted a vast possibilities and skills, combining a noble black music, soulful but slightly drowsy dance rhythm and a superb string parts. It wasn't a state secret that it could be figured to him, though. More surprises are cloaked in the rest of this album. I didn't utter "surprises" pointless here, because Tur turns out from completely other side. Being an experimentator who teases out a novel sound forms from the lavish field of ambient, downtempo and pinch of dubstep (oneiric "Such a Dream"). Thus, there's no space for the symptoms of monotonny or dullness. These sounds are too much crystalline, too august to being up disregard them.

So, Jimpster couldn't do nothing better than releasing "0201" plate by his own imprint, Freerange Records, only. It's caused that Tur has excelled himself on debut album. It reflects an entirely atmosphere of house music roots, without a reduntant hastiness, thanks to delicately soft, grazed, catchy, laidback tempo, which carefully building a pith of grace of classical house. Interesting resourcefulness and full-fledged, impeccable tapestry. Pure pleasure for every ear at the highest level. Every fan of the sounds such as: Swayzak, Ian Pooley, Terry Thaemlitz and Recloose would like to crave them for, definitely. I bank on Manuel following album will be issued by Plastic City, hopefully. I'm looking forward this moment.

23:40, marcin.nieweglowski , Reviews
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Niemiecka solidność od Tura

Bez wątpienia niemieckim osobistościami, które niezmiernie pozytywnie zapisały się na kartach muzyki house, należą: Ian Pooley, Mousse T., Terry Lee Brown Junior, The Timewriter czy Boris Dlugosch. Wszystko wskazuje na to, że lista poszerzy się o kolejnego członka - Manuela Tura.

okładka albumu

A to za sprawą debiutanckiego albumu tego mieszkańca Hesji, skąd pochodzi także sam Heiko Laux. Manuel wydał do tej pory wiele EPek dla różnych niemieckich i brytyjskich wytwórni. Ale jak to zazwyczaj bywa - największym wyzwaniem jest zawsze stworzenie złożonego, koncepcyjnego wydawnictwa - longplaya. Do 0201 podchodziłem z dosyć umiarkowanymi oczekiwaniami. Pomimo działania ponad sześć lata na scenie muzyki house, Tur nie wbił mi się do mojej głowy ze swoimi kompozycjami.

Wiem jednak, że od tej pory będe pamiętał "Passtelise" czy "Rubicond" - dwie kompozycje które bardzo wiele mówią o potencjale tego 22-letniego producenta. Został on obdarzony wielkimi możliwościami i umiejętnościami łącząc lekkość muzyki czarnej, wyrazistą choć lekko senną taneczną rytmikę oraz przepiękne partie smyczkowe. Choć tego można było się po nim spodziewać. Więcej rewelacji kryją się w pozostałej części tego albumu. Nie bez powodu mówię tutaj o "rewelacjach", bo Tur pokazuje się z zupełnie innej strony. Jako eksperymentator na polu ambientu, downtempo i troszeczkę dubstepu (oniryczny "Such a Dream"). Nie ma tutaj mowy o monotonni. Te dźwięki są zbyt wyraźne, zbyt szlachetne, aby można było o nich zapomnieć.

Jimpster lepiej nie mógł postąpić aniżeli wydając krążek "0201" w łonie własnej wytwórni - Freerange Records. Bo Tur przeszedł na tym albumie sam siebie. Oddaje on pełny klimat korzeniom muzyki house, bez niepotrzebnego pośpiechu, delikatnie muskanie miękkiego, wpadającego w ucho tempa, które starannie buduje atmosferę piękna klasycznego house'u. Ciekawa i dojrzała złożoność bez zarzutu. Przyjemność dla ucha najwyższych lotów. Każdy fan tych brzmień Swayzaka, Iana Pooleya, Terre'go Thaemlitza czy Recloose'a pragnął by je mieć na wyłączność. Bardzo liczę, że kolejny album Manuela pojawi się już nakładem Plastic City.

23:40, marcin.nieweglowski , Pod ucho
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niedziela, 28 czerwca 2009
It's just the beckoning Rekevin

If I didn't know before where they come from, I would bet on in advance trip hop/downtempo belts. Bristol or Brighton, even maybe London at a pinch. However, those musicians aren't nothing familiar with Great Britain scene. Fine I little exaggerated, because the band title, Rekevin, is quite westward. Thus, any less astonishment invokes in my soul a second album this trip hop (not any nujazz) band from ... Russia.

album sleeve - source: amiestreet.com

Well I ascertained their modest achievements few months ago when I was gazing upon a content of Last FM. Because anywhere else a young, just infant, unknown team could begin and then show widely than at this popular music social network, couldn't they? Initially they inserted debut album, A Peacock, which its full version can be acquainted by British or American dwelers only, for example, though. But not seeping into a whole confusion related to unclear policy dealing with wronged users by Last Fm, Rekevin outputs are stirred by Bristol trip hop scene mainly.

What it was resounded, whether more or less, exactly on their first album, "A Peachcock". And, fortunately, Youtube came with support again, from where it's possible to find out many compositions from this plate: haunting-cherubic arrangement, A Fleeting Passion, or cinematic-melancholy, heartbreaking ballad, title's track. Personaly I realize that perhaps Ksenia Istenko (the main band's  voice) isn't next Beth Gibbons, Alice Russel nor Alison Goldfrapp, it's hardly to undervalue her vocal pitch taking and hearing a following Rekevin album, though. Their follow-up stuff is considerably at various to "A Peacock". Nulukatuk was endowed by more space, vast soundscape, up to enhancing references to rock, dub, even ad-libbing drum'n'bass ("Be King Be Mine"). But does it mean is better or worse? Well this sonic both ear tasting and tones savor - they are together more opened and more popping, songing.

Albeit it doesn't connote that Rekevin formula was vanished, disappeared or, more accurately, becoming strict "cafe-mode". Not at all. I've mentioned the dub elements, thanks to them a slowly rolling organic "Two" is rising more intensive fiercely pictorial hallmark itself, for example. In spite of fact those Russian musicians opperate on quite limited and unmined out terrain as well, they have provided something new, as well as easy on the ear. Striving not being boring and repetitious, not snared of schematic in those ten compositions too. But it's not any secret they have stressed their motor impact into massive percussive chassis.

It's not any post trip hop, nor post downtempo. As compared with "A Peacock", "Nulukatuk" album is less contrastive internally what is, from my point of view, maybe rated as their an advantage. Also it doesn't bother me that Rekevin second album is shorter than previous effort, cut by 10 minutes. For "Nulakatuk" quality its tracks such as: The Street is Full of Water (absorbing, striking, cinematic excursion) or Bitter Love (it's first tune which possesses its own video) are argued to picking up the final mark. Honestly I've been heedfully listening it dozen times and I still don't have enough. For those who want to go through "new wave" of trip hop stream out of Great Britain (Aloan, Elsiane, Bitter:Sweet, Dynamoe, for intance), I plump for sampling the Rekevin music, at least by reason of it's amazingly, hypnotically seductive.

Besides this review, which is accomplished right now, I recalled if it's regarding Russian undertaking, it's worth consider funky efforts by Moscow Groove Institue either. Many of their (it's duo) compositions are available at Youtube: Metro as well as other snappy tidbits, even as Squarepusher weirds as playful drill'n'bass :).

 

00:00, marcin.nieweglowski , Reviews
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