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Setting the tone with the downbeat, moody "Everything", the album is a treat that twists and turns at every opportunity, gathering up lazy, loping Beck-style hip-hop at "Dead Man" (complete with attractive slide guitar), cinematic strings, polite drum n bass ("Journey"), flamenco, turntablism and whatever else it can, throwing it all into the melting pot. After establishing the various styles, the second half of the album picks up and contains the most satisfying moments, like the R&B flavour of "Throw" and funk-lite of "Flipside".
The freshness of the album, however is ensured by the plethora of guest vocalists, who are utilized effectively, keeping interest where a single voice would drag. All the vocalists are salutary, but the most effective use is with the two "Noches En Vela" interludes provided by Mexican fusion collective Ojos de Brujo which alleviate the album just when it needs it. A fascinating, highly recommended, sonic journey all round. --Thom Allott
I'd only heard snippets of Nitin Sawhney before I bought this album, but that didn't worry me as I'm used to buying on instinct. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2012 by Angelique
Odd name, but extremely good artist and arranger. I bought this on the strength of having heard one track by him in a compilation album. Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2011 by Mr. J. H. Wheeler