Amon Tobin's ability to put together dark, jazz-inflected breakbeat music is well-known. His blend of cool jazz, trippy samples and frenzied drum n' bass rhythms was lapped up by the Ninja Tune label, making Tobin a huge underground success. As Cujo, he's produced an album that's firmly tied to his earlier sound, yet which oozes originality.
A menacing cloud hangs over many of his tracks, thanks to the inspired positioning of warped dark basslines and subtly-employed acid synthesisers. Rhythmically, it comes and goes between fast and slow broken beats: on some tracks, agitated, ornately-constructed drum patterns tease you to follow; on others, fat hip-hop beats serve as a back-drop to a diverse range of sounds: a double bassist plays alongside a snake charmer; contorted basslines and eerie synth sounds build up then dissipate, leaving you with a sense of unearthly beauty.
With one or two exceptions, each individual track has rich character of its own. Despite this, Tobin manages to keep just the right amount of consistency between the different elements, allowing the album to hang together as a whole. This brilliantly constructed, hugely atmospheric album sounds like nothing you've heard before.