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Portakabin Fever [CD]

Hint Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Hint is a man who walks to beat of his own drum. Literally though, he doesn’t walk very far, because he makes his music in a Portakabin you see, which is quite small, so he just kind of paces up and down a lot. Musically though, he is far from confined to such a small space, as he makes the sounds of what he sees when he looks out the window. These are the sounds of the rural English countryside, dragged inside the Portakabin, and subjected to hip hop, funk, electronica, folk, post rock and soul. These are simple pleasures. These are the sounds of ruralbeat. These are the sounds of Hint’s debut album.

After a couple of releases on Deep Water Recordings Hint moved to Bristol based Hombre Records early 2002, who, via their collaboration with Ninja Tune, have released four Hint EPs over the last year. These releases have seen our boy Hint compared to a startling array of artists from Lemon Jelly and Penguin Café Orchestra, to The Beach Boys meets The Beta Band.

Constructed over the space of a year ‘Portakabin Fever’ was made on the barest of studio set ups, with Hint’s trusty MPC joined by his own musical talents on guitar, bass, and keyboards. Melody, heart, soul, humour and a little bit of magic are the currency in Hint’s world, where eleven tracks of pastoral atmospheres and beguiling electronica are the order of the day.

Don’t be fooled by the still waters of gentle melody though. The man clearly has an ear for a tune, but look a little closer and you’ll see that Hint has many intricacies and deeper tides of broken beats and fascinating rhythm.

BBC Review

If you believe press releases then this beautifully chilled, and deconstructed debut album from Hint takes its name from whence it was recorded. Simple really!

Musically though, Jonathan James is far from confined to such a small space. Dragging hip-hop, funk, electronica, folk and soul into his Portakabin to create a soundclash of genres and cacophony of beats. These inspire as well as take inspiration from his surroundings and musical influences that have seen him compared to The Beach Boys-meets-The Beta Band and likes of Lemon Jelly and Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

After initial releases on Deep Water Recordings Hint moved to the Bristol-based Hombré imprint early last year who, via their collaboration with Ninja Tune, released a quartet of EPs over the past twelve months. These are the sounds that comprise Hint's debut opus Portakabin Fever - eleven tracks of pastoral atmospheres and beguiling electronica of simplicity constructed with the barest musical parts and mixed with oodles of talent, melody, heart and soul (and a fair helping of humour too).

Opening with the gentle swing of "Actory", the album ebbs-and-flows through the piano lullaby of "Words To That Effect", to funky single release "You Little Trooper", before shifting down to the hypnotic strings and dub styles of "Re:Percussions". "Plucker" tiptoes along with an offbeat shimmy, before the delightful "Count Your Blessings" brings heralds the closing beats of "Air To Sky".

Still waters run deep, and this eclectic beat merchant clearly has an ear for a tune, founded on intricacies, broken beats and fascinating rhythms. --Lewis Dene

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Review

"Colourful, whimsical, and occasionally eerie fairytale tunes" -- DJ Mag

"Lemon Jelly without the irony" -- Music Week

"Listening to Hint makes you proud to be British" -- Mixmag

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