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Muddlin Gear

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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B00004W3MO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Entroscooper
2. Said Dram Scam
3. Ill Shambata
4. La Scappin Rood
5. In Inphidelik
6. Silent Why
7. Da Doo Doo
8. Daddy's Car
9. 00..0
10. The Cop It Suite
11. Droon_99
12. Daddy No Lie

Product Description


Ex-Brighton resident Jamie Lidell makes the return to his solo material, hooking up to the legendary Warp imprint by way of Spymania; early outlet for the IDM subterfuge of Squarepusher. Demented electronics abound in the early stages of the album, studio machinery raging out of control within the nightmarish "Said Dram Scam" and "La Scappin Rood" before collapsing drunkenly into the late-night jazz haunt conjured by "Da Doo Doo". What follows is worth the asking price alone, "00.0" reflecting the acclaimed sonic outings with Cristian Vogel as Super Collider, with freestyle keys barely holding the post-funk groove together as Jamie lays down a vocal performance which is perhaps described as a late 1980s Prince in the midst of a nervous breakdown. Other highlights come in the form of the closing "Daddy No Lie" and "Droon 99," which offers some respite from the chaos with crystallised percussion and a single vocal refrain-based orchestration which strains with emotion. --Kingsley Marshall

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Garza on 4 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is nothing like Jamie Lidell's later album Multiply, which I loved from the first moment I heard. This has little of the aforementioned's soul influence and is mainly a set of instrumental electro pieces which consist of annoying 'whirr' and 'boink' noises and are mostly unlistenable (which I think may have been Lidell's intention). There are however two noteworthy songs in the form of the excellently malevolent 'Daddy's Car' and 'Droon_99', which reminds me of electric era Miles Davis. If you like SuperCollider I think that you may get alot more out of this album than I did (having said that a friend of mine who is a big fan of SuperCollider couldn't stand this album). Muddlin' Gear is definitely not indicative of Jamie Lidell's later albums
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Masters Student, Mssrs. on 24 Jan 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
ah, it's all autogewnerated midi-to-sampled-nonsence? like, jamie, waddar u?,,,.....

oh it is produced really well,..

wander about whom be da crewaytohhhr, double d deca!

zn da wayahagiumnad !!!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fantastically unconventional! Open mind music..... 24 April 2001
By Matthew D. Mercer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My first introduction to Jamie Lidell was his warbling R&B antics on the Super_Collider disc alongside Brighton techno misfit Cristian Vogel. While the connection between Vogel and S_C isn't too difficult to make, there is certainly a dramatic leap to arrive at Lidell's solo work. Muddlin Gear is a complete mind warp of an album. Its incessant use of effects and DSP alongside highly cut apart samples and fragments of ideas is the driving force of its scattered tracks. And somehow it manages to make a weird sort of sense out of itself, into a very clear and concise, despite occasionally confusing, end result.
A highlight is "In Inphidelik" with its highly fragmented cut apart hand claps and manipulated percussive sounds, occasionally reminiscent of Autechre's lp5, but with less deliberation. "Silent Why" (perhaps derived from Miles Davis's "In a Silent Way") recalls some of Squarepusher's more aimlessly jazzy moments while "Daddy's Car" and "The Cop It Suite" are the only selections that completely relate to the strange white R&B crooning of Super_Collider.
While the electronic IDM scene is currently flooded with many soundalike artists, Lidell has created a masterfully odd collection of equally catchy and confusing studio pieces. This album easily qualifies as one of the best of 2000.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not Typical Warp, but great nontheless. 20 Dec 2003
By Pantytec is my god, it should be yours too (Tem) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Jamie Lidell, in my opinion, should be considered more of a priority these days on Warp. While many thought "Muddlin' Gear" was confusing, I found it to be exactly what the label needed. This is one of the label's more adventurous releases, alongside Vincent Gallo's "When" , and the recent Russell Haswell/Merzbow collaboration. Jamie Lidell shines not only vocally, but in his production skills as well, taking the hear and soul of jazz and screwing it up digitally. "The Cop-It Suite" is the album's opus, a soundtrack to a rainy day in any ol town, with beautiful violins roliin in, and Lidell's voice rounding it out. This album and it's heavy Jazz theme is taken to the fullest extent. Keeping with the very sporadic, free-flowing nature of Jazz, this album does the same thing, only with the modern IDM edge. It's smart, sexy, and funny at the same time. I'm just looking forward to the next output from Jamie, it should be pimp.
Jamie Lidell ‎- Muddlin Gear 10 April 2013
By scoundrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Jamie Lidell's debut, MUDDLIN GEAR, came via Warp and Spymania, Squarepusher's former label, and it's the latter influence that shows. It's chaotic, filled with random squelches and noise, such as on the vocal snips on "Untitled" or the electro overload of "In Inphidelik" or hard rock interlude of "Da Doo Doo." Many tracks, though, do show a jazz influence. "Said Dram Scam," for instance, amidst the untidiness, maintains a fascinating drum pattern, while the bass on "The Cop It Suite," seems transported straight from a smoke-filled jazz bar. "Daddy's Car" has a hint of the R&B soul for which Lidell would become known later -- though filtered and set low here. But he tries his hand at other styles as well, from the pure drone of "Dröön_99" to the barbershop quartet of "Daddy No Lie." An interesting start, no doubt.
Wishing for more 16 July 2010
By Pinkgeek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am craving new Jamie Lidell music, and this was not it! I love to learn where artist's start, and watching them evolve. I am guessing he was young during this album. Tough to listen to this all the way through. Experimental noise is my best discription. But hold on, we get a teaser with the 'bonus track' and get some of his awesome vocals!!!!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
No clothes on the Emperor 29 July 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this expecting something somewhat musical. There is no music here. Random noise, yes.
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