This disc is more like a night out than a collection of "songs". Lazy Dog seems to be more a "scene" than just a couple of London club DJs spinning records once a week. This music creates a genuine, upbeat, fun, funky feeling in whoever hears it. I missed these guys in L.A. a few months ago. As an avid EBTG fan, I was curious to see where Ben was getting his musical influences lately.
Imagine a night out in a hip London club and how the music and scene would make you feel. Very "Euro", very hip, multi-cultural. The Lazy Dog album does more than make your body move, it paints a picture. I find it ironic that I am not into the club scene, don't really like to dance much, yet I am in love with this music! The Mark Grant track three on Ben's disc is the coolest pairing of great Larry Carlton type, jazzy-type guitar playing paired with a good thumping beat. As a guitar player, I have never been able to figure out how to successfully pair virtuoso guitar playing in synthesized dance music. Good to hear that someone out there has.
The vinyl quality on CD is actually pretty good and there is this an almost indescribable sound element at work here that I attribute to the vinyl origination.
The Jay Hannan disc is also surprisingly strong considering I had never heard of him before this. This is the real stuff as far as the Latin influence. None of the "Ricky Martin-Jennifer Lopez" type pseudo-Latin stuff. More diverse selections, very different from Ben's set yet also very cool in a different sort of way. Anyone who thinks that DJs just spin albums should realize that even in sets like these where virtuoso turntable gymnastics like scratching and radical mixing are absent, picking the right combination of songs and pieces to fit together and take the listener "somewhere" is incredibly difficult to do well.
I like all types of music as long as it's performed, mixed, produced, played and re-mixed with heart and soul and these two discs are dripping with raw emotion and positive, upbeat vibes. One look at the inside cover photo of Ben and Jay in their element and you get the idea of what this scene is all about. Great stuff! I hope that they come out with another one soon.
Order it today, you won't regret it!