After what seems like an eternity of rootsy albums, it is a huge relief to enter the electronic arena.
This debut release (under this moniker) from this UK duo is a stellar example of this genre. This was the breakthrough album for British Bigbeat, preceding the subsequent efforts from Fatboy Slim, Prodigy and others.
As you’ve probably picked up on, I don’t spend too much time with doofy stuff. But, donning the catchcry of all Philistines, I know what I like.
Perhaps as a nod to the acoustic leanings acknowledged above, I do like a rhythm that could have been generated by a human whacking something. And much of the time the CBs chose such pounding, built around sampled snares and rimrolls.
Sure, there’s loads of beeps and squelchs, but the organic/inorganic ratio is bigger on the left hand side. Likewise, there is a recognition that riffs of some description matter.
The result here is a seamlessly constructed set of pieces that retain their hypnotic element. The vocals are sparse but effective, especially Beth Orton’s.
This is fine feat in musicianship and inventiveness. And a welcome relief.
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