I spent several hours yesterday on a bus travelling out and back to the bridge on the River Kwai. Part of my journey was spent in the company of Mr. Shadow and his enormous record collection.
This, his debut effort, is a headphone joy. His waves of samples, his humour and his experimentation swirl around your head and distract you from the Bangkok gridlock and the monotony of endless truck part shops.
This is in the same vein as (and was presumably an inspiration for) The Avalanches‘ debut. It doesn’t have the self-conscious frivolity of the Aussie lads’ effort, nor does it chase any dance floor glory, although this candidate no doubt does the trick:
This stuff has been labelled “trip hop” and it seems an apt label. It is very much a chilled-out, relax and imbibe vibe. There is nothing lazy or rushed about the sound collages here. Everything feels like it belongs.
Let’s see if his follow-up can handle some Bangkok wandering…
File under: Aural découpage