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Templates has achieved such a position. It has fused that lounge-lizard feel while throwing blistering samples and found noises into the mix. These guys make mincemeat out of rhythmic grooves, transcending urban beat with the flash and panasche of old school balad artistry.
If Miles were alive today, he would nod his head and smile, happy that artists like Amon Tobin, Kosma, and now Flanger have finally found the recipe for the next step in New jazz.
Let's hope that these musical prodigies continue with the great direction that they have respectively chosen to take in experimental music.
You can hear on 'templates' what flanger has perfectly honed on 'midnight sound', their fusion of IDM and jazz. However with 'templates' the electronic elements are at the forefront, overpowering the jazz grooves in a cacaphony of sound. The basic idea is here yet at times it misses the mark but in any case this is definitely good stuff, certianly not your father's kind of jazz . 'music to begin with' is great with it's spoken word intro announcing every type and genre of music followed by a split second sample of the mentioned music.It then fades into a bunch of clicks and beeps and warped bass that fuses into jazz. 'studio tan' and 'lata' are also stand out tracks .
Over all this is a great CD but it lacks the cohesion of 'midnight sound'. I can't praise 'midnight sound' enough ( see my review). flanger is one of my new favorite artists I discovered on a whim. If Miles Davis was still alive this would be the logical progression of his jazz fusion experiments.