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Seed to Sun [VINYL]

Boom Bip Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (23 Sep 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Lex
  • ASIN: B00006AGAR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,023,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Roads Must Roll
2. Third Stream
3. Closed Shoulders
4. The Unthinkable feat. Buck65
5. Newly Weds
6. U R Here
7. Pulse All Over
8. Popsicle feat. Nacky Koma
9. Awaiting An Accident
10. Mannequin Hand Trapdoor I Reminder feat. Dose One
11. Me: The New You
12. The Use Of Unacceptable Colors In Nature
13. Last Walk Around Mirror Lake

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beats n' pieces 12 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
Boom Bip travels a fairly worn road with his blend of instrumental hip hop and electronica. There are some great moments but by and large this is fairly uninspired stuff. Opener 'Roads Must Roll' is blissed-out trip hop complete with tuneful scratching and violins, while 'Third Stream' is all clunking rythmns and noodly basslines reminiscent of DJ Krush. Elsewhere there is experimental techno, ambient and highly abstract hip hop, much of which is pleasing enough to the ear if not a little derivative. The highlight is 'Mannequin Hand Trapdoor I Reminder' with long-term collaborator Dose One of Clouddead, with ingenious use of whispered rapping swelling into a moment of twisted pop perfection. To name a few comparisons, you tick boxes next to Shadow, Krush, Prefuse 73, Bonobo, RJD2 etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just melt... 27 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I bought this album, I actually expected Hip Hop as it's signed on Lex.
I was pleasantly surprised when I heard beats and melodies comparable to Boards Of Canada.
Chilled and intelligent, this album is a must have. It starts off with Roads Must Roll, a happy yet dreamy tune that introduces you well to the rest of the album.
The two songs which contain rapping are to say the least different, in the best way possible. Mannequin Hand Trapdoor I reminder is by far my favorite tune on the album, the skillful rapping of Doseone leads through a soothing and unusual song. The Use Of Unacceptable Colors In Nature is another beautiful and dark track. Basically, you'd be a fool not to buy it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars boom bip 3 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Format:Vinyl
boom bip isnt your average dr dre or dj premier and being on lex and close to the anticon boys ,i wouldnt expect him to be.the style is very abstract and i wouldnt recomend this to anyone who like a good choice of lyrics and heavy beats but then again this isnt made to be like that.theres also the expected appearences of mc's buck 65 and dose one ,and nacky koma who provide the lyrics for three of the songs but the rest are just instrumentals.also check out the first track which is of a recently aired car advert.this is a good album and is a must have if your into this kind music.bye for now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic polymorphic journey. 18 Dec 2002
By Alec Rojas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Boom Bip continues to take turntablism to new heights, and on Seed to Sun, there is no exception. As Mush records has called this, Boom Bip's sound is truly "avant hip hop": hip hop in the beat, yet nothing else can be considered a true hip hop innovation. Known for his prowess as a DJ, Seed to Sun is a progression of what was done on Circle, and a true solo album in that aspect: given the free reign to make as much beautiful music as he wants, Bryan's (Boom Bip's) prowess as a musician truly emerges here.
With this record, very little is sampled: it is primarily a live album done by a one man band. Thus, all the instrumentation is live and put together by Boom Bip, while the electronic blips and screeches are the product of his messing with his own recording: playing things live, recording it, then cutting and enhancing that initial recording. Given free control by Lex records, Bryan truly takes initiative with it: the songs are extremely experimental and instantly hypnotic, as a track like "closed shoulders" properly demonstrates: seductive beats, drones, and interesting samples. Buck65's cameo on "The Unthinkable" is a definite change in the pace of the album flow, yet enjoyable: strong and hamering drums and squealing instruments rock throughout the track. "Newly weds" sounds like a circus wedding anthem gone tragiclly wrong, while the album then continues in a real neo-ambient style, similar at times to Boards of Canada yet borrowing nothing from the genre.
Two highlights of the record remain "u r here", a funky yet extremely ambient style track with strong, fluid drumming combined with beautiful synth lines over it. The true highlight remains "mannequin hand trapdoor i reminder," featuring his old partner in crime Dose One. Dose's diction remains one of the most intruiging in hip hop today, and hearing this almost redux from the Circle cd is amazing. The way Dose and Boom Bip play off of each other is mesmerizing, and this track reaches increadible proportions.
This CD really can transcend any genre, and as a piece of music, is a comprehensive and beautiful musical venture. The only requirement of it's listeners is of an open mind, and those who are willing to take the challenge will not be disappointed, not in the least bit.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cerebral, Thoughtful & Intelligent....(You need this album) 1 Mar 2005
By fetish_2000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Producer / DJ 'Boom Bip' (AKA - Bryan Hollon"), isn't your usual Hip-Hop Producer, instead of working with the usual thumping Bass / Beats, that most Hip-Hop producers work with. His is a far more Experimental / Avant-Garde sound, steeped in a melancholic, detached, brooding (largely) instrumental form of Hip-Hop, that borrows as much from Electronica, as it does Hip-Hop.

The first track "Roads must Roll", is the Hip-Hop equivalent of having a broadly instrumental ambient Folk, with scuffed dusty-beats, leading into a passage of ominous preset synths, and a looping violin sample, that breaks though the sound on occasion, and thus, feels more in-debt to soundtrack music than Hip-Hop, and this is topped off with the most subtlest of scratching, which feels more for dramatic effect, rather that showboating....a marvellous opening track, and (mostly) unlike anything else everybody else is currently in this field.

"Third Steam", changes tack slightly, with a weird off-beat bass, that provides the backbone of the track, and is slightly disorientating. As the track beings to gather pace, with wonky bass....piercing keyboards, burst into the fray, and punctuating the unusual ambience, in the same way that a dramatic/suspenseful section, may play out on a movie soundtrack.

A decidedly more upbeat affair comes in the form of "Closed Shoulders", which is a superb take (or imitation of...) the sort of complex 'Glitch Hip-Hop', that has been pioneered by the likes of "Prefuse 73". Think stuttering bass, and beats that jittery and move like a wind-up toy, and coupled with the fractured tumbling bass, easily avoid any criticisms of reptition in the album, and although far less frantic and volatile than Prefuse's work. It's still a elaborate example of the Cut 'N' Paste techniques used by both producers.

One of the (very) few vocal tracks on this album, is provided by Leftfield/Alternative Lo-Fi Rapper "Buck 65", who impressively deploys his, warped sounding Lo-Fi raps over a mellowed percussion, and a confrontational sounding arrangement, that almost certainly references 'Horror' soundtracks to some degree, with the haunting strings and background choir harmonies, working to Chilling effect.

"U R Here" pitches perfectly a combination of complicated stuttering Drums, with a droning use of synths.....that feels slightly at odds with the drum patterns, but this is brought into sharp contrast with the lush use of a (Sampled??) orchestration overlayed, over all of this. It's a complicated set-up for sure, and one that given the instrumentation being used, in theory shouldn't work....but it does, and does brilliantly. Fans of the cerebral Post-Rock / Indie-electronica, IDM music of "Four Tet", will be well served by this track.

"Awaiting an accident" mixes a almost tinderbox/jewellery box Melody with African-tinged drums, that then manages to chuck in a combination of 70's styled guitars & Horns, with a melody popping in infrequently, for a truly bizarre fusion of sounds (if thought about individually), but sonically this is amongst the most ear catching of melodies, on the 13 tracks on this album.

Boom Bip, who is no stranger to the world of Leftifield/Alternative Hip-Hop, hooks up with the Anticon boys (in this case "Doseone") on "Mannequin Hand Trapdoor I Reminder", and easily recalls the exceptional work done on their collabration album "Cirlces". moody melancholic downtempo thick ambient swirls and hums, and plucked guitar with drifting bass, overlayed with Doseone's free associative lyrics, is a revelation. It's sounds like its a lost track from their exceptional "Circles" album, and remains as cutting edge now, as it sounded on "Circles" back then.

Obviously, this is an album more suited for those that know what to expect from this album. If you've been accustomed to the Avant-Garde Hip-Hop of the 'Anticon' label, or you're a keen fan of instrumental Hip-Hop (in this case warped Downtempo Hip-Hop), then you should find that find this a breath of fresh air. As it sounds so different and intelligent to what's currently floating around. There are those that will consider this album to be: "Hip-Hop music to fall asleep to", as there are no head-nodding beats, or chest-beating lyrics to get off on. Instead this is a slow, thoughtful and considered album, for those that like their electronica, as much as their Hip-Hop, as this is a beautiful intergration of both genres. And if your familiar (or more importantly a Fan), of: "Four Tet", "Dabrye", "Prefuse 73", "Blockhead" & "CLOUDEAD", then I can't recommend this minor classic, strongly enough to you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty interesting turntablism! Fans of the genre will like it 29 Dec 2005
By C. Cross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Boom Bip's second album is pretty uneven, but the good songs it does have are very interesting. "Roads Must Roll", "Awaiting An Accident" (this one is one of my favorite turntablist songs ever), "U R Here", "Popsicle", "Mannequin Hand Trapdoor" and "The Use Of Unacceptable Colors In Nature" are all very interesting pieces of music. The rest, however, aren't as great. "Seed To Sun", like Kid Koala's "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome" (except without the humor), is very experimental - he tries to expand the known ranges of turntablism instead of making predictable club songs (just so you're aware). Though it works for several of the tracks he doesn't always succeed at this goal. Some of the tracks, though, ARE pretty dancable. If you're interested in turntablism and hip-hop you'll probably enjoy the intricacies of this music. Recommended.

Highlights include:

"Roads Must Roll"

"Awaiting An Accident"

"U R Here"

"Popsicle"

"Mannequin Hand Trapdoor"

"The Use Of Unacceptable Colours In Nature"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boom Bip - Seed To Sun 22 May 2011
By scoundrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Roads Must Roll," the first track off Boom Bip's Seed to Sun, sums up the album to a tee: strong rhythms, delicate musical sensibility. With its strings, it hints at 'folktronica,' but this album has more tricks up its sleeve. "Third Stream" and "Closed Shoulders," for instance, are more abstract, the former almost jazzy in its insouciance, the latter reaching into Black Dog territory. But "U R Here" returns to the bucolic mood from earlier, and "Pulse All Over" takes it a step further, into pure ambience. The lyricists appear on "The Unthinkable" and "Mannequin Hand Trapdoor I Reminder" (which sees Doseone return with a jazz double bass to accompany him). But it's tracks like "The Use of Unacceptable Colors in Nature" (with its live drumming feel), that stand out stronger. "Last Walk Around Mirror Lake" takes the album out on some Bibio-like guitar strums. Quite nice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Did Anyone Else Notice Roads Must Roll Sounded Familiar 12 Feb 2008
By Benjamin Dickens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Unless I'm crazy, the theme in "Roads Must Roll" is very similar to the intro title from Legend of Zelda: Link's Adventure for the Nintendo.
I can dig it!
I highly recommend this CD.
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