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Jump Leads [CD]

Fila Brazillia Audio CD
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Jump Leads is the eighth full-length LP from Hull-based sound sculptors Fila Brazillia--an undeniably impressive achievement in the often ephemeral world of electronic music. How they've fitted it in is anybody's guess, what with their recent Another Late Night and Brazilification mix albums, a world tour (first time with a live band) and setting up their own label 23 Records. For their latest document the duo keep the emphasis on accessible and musical yet blatantly quirky sounds, infusing their beats with analogue warmth, live instrumentation and song-writing prowess. Like friends and fellow Humberside-dwellers Baby Mammoth, this year has seen the band plug into some of the varied and musical upbeat sounds currently around, though their album also features plenty of their usual downtempo material. Mellow tracks like recent single "Spill The Beans"--which uses the velvety vocal talents of Steve Edwards--highlight their knack of writing catchy hooks but there is a wide range of other material here such as the warm, chunky funk of "DNA", the kooky feel of "We Build Arks" and the dark, percussive Brazilian swing of "Percival Quintaine". An album of many colourful and exotic shades Jump Leads can only please Fila fans and newcomers alike. --Paul Sullivan

In 2009 'Motown Coppers' (track 2 on Jump Leads) was chosen by Nokia to promote their N97 phone.

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Jump Leads is the eighth full-length LP from Hull-based sound sculptors Fila Brazillia--an undeniably impressive achievement in the often ephemeral world of electronic music. How they've fitted it in is anybody's guess, what with their recent Another Late Night and Brazilification mix albums, a world tour (first time with a live band) and setting up their own label 23 Records. For their latest document the duo keep the emphasis on accessible and musical yet blatantly quirky sounds, infusing their beats with analogue warmth, live instrumentation and song-writing prowess. Like friends and fellow Humberside-dwellers Baby Mammoth, this year has seen the band plug into some of the varied and musical upbeat sounds currently around, though their album also features plenty of their usual downtempo material. Mellow tracks like recent single "Spill The Beans"--which uses the velvety vocal talents of Steve Edwards--highlight their knack of writing catchy hooks but there is a wide range of other material here such as the warm, chunky funk of "DNA", the kooky feel of "We Build Arks" and the dark, percussive Brazilian swing of "Percival Quintaine". An album of many colourful and exotic shades Jump Leads can only please Fila fans and newcomers alike. --Paul Sullivan

Review

An inspired, invigorating concoction -- Q Magazine (February 2002)

Fila's prowess on bass and guitar keeps the music feeling more composerly than other, more sample-heavy excursions -- Alternative Press (April 2002)

It's the album's studied organic liveness that resonates the longest. -- Spin (March 2002)

Jump Leads escalates the surging energy infused in their up-tempo and electrifying approach. -- Rolling Stone

The quirky rhythmic tics remain, as do the cheeky little melodies, but this is a tougher and funkier project altogether. -- Mojo (February 2002)

From the Artist

David McSherry explains how 'Motown Coppers' came to be chosen by Nokia for it's 2009 N97 campaign.

"The track was written in 2001 in our studio in Albion St by Steve Cobby and myself. Our approach was to mangle guitars, synths and drum machines - anything we can get a sound out of - the end result is Motown Coppers. The handclaps are multiple recordings of Steve and I layered together to sound like a crowd. I think the title is from some misread graffiti seen from a train - it ended up on our studio whiteboard with lots of other potential titles. Criteria for going up there was; Does it make us laugh? Does it evoke an interesting mental image? Is it nonsense? Motown Coppers is all three."

About the Artist

Fila Brazillia is an electronica collaboration from Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire in North-East England. Formed in 1990 by Steve Cobby and David McSherry. They play electronica, ambient, techno, rock, funk and dub, and are often described as downtempo.

Their early releases on Pork Recordings (also based in Hull), Old Codes New Chaos, Maim That Tune, Mess, Black Market Gardening, Luck Be a Weirdo Tonight and Power Clown followed. After creating their own music label with Sim Lister, Twentythree Records, they released further albums A Touch Of Cloth, Jump Leads, The Life And Times Of Phoebus Brumal, Dicks and Retrospective.

Their music has made its mark both on small-screen blockbusters (such as CSI and Sex and the City) and cult cinema films such as Dogtown and Z-Boys, Riding Giants and Once in a Lifetime (documentary), a 2006 documentary about the New York Cosmos soccer team.

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