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The Sleepwalking Society [CD]

Nostalgia 77 Audio CD
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Ben Lamdin’s creations range from heavy funk, to hip-hop based beats mixed with dusty old jazz, obscuro funk and psych bits and pieces.

Nostalgia 77 aka Ben Lamdin first burst onto the scene with his heavy, new funk based sound in 2002. In 2004 he moved away from the distinctive raw funk of his previous singles and he branched out to explore a more downtempo and jazz infused ... Read more in Amazon's Nostalgia 77 Store

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  • Audio CD (21 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Tru Thoughts
  • ASIN: B004FFJG74
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Sleepwalker (feat. Josa Peit) 3:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Beautiful Lie (feat. Josa Peit) 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Simmerdown (feat. Josa Peit) 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Golden Morning (feat. Josa Peit) 2:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. When Love Is Strange (feat. Josa Peit) 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Blue Shadow (feat. Josa Peit) 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mockingbird (feat. Josa Peit) 4:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cherry (feat. Josa Peit) 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hush (feat. Josa Peit) 8:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sleepwalker (feat. Josa Peit) [Live] 3:400.99  Buy MP3 


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Nostalgia 77 is the working name of Benedic Lamdin, a prolific producer who's produced 11 albums in a variety of guises since 2004. His music encompasses everything from sample-based compositions to collaborations with real, live musicians of the calibre of Keith and Julie Tippett, amongst others. The Sleepwalking Society, the fourth Nostalgia 77 album, very much falls into the latter category, this time placing the German singer Josa Peit centre-stage. 

Album opener Sleepwalker states its case with emphatic rhythm, bluesy vocals, winds and roaring organ while Golden Morning delights with its softly played snare drums, wood-toned double bass and Peit's hushed yet heartfelt vocals. Mockingbird features lyrical sax that falls like dappled sunlight on a melancholic ode to loneliness which slowly disappears into silence. 

Strings introduce Cherry and then pause to reveal plucked acoustic guitar and Peit's clear-toned lament before picking up the melody and carrying the song through to its end. The tonal colour of the entire album is a sepia-edged cyan: encompassing as it does a reflective range of jazz and folk-inflected blues that explores the uncertainty of life and the hurt of failed relationships. The Sleepwalking Society ends with Hush, an almost nine-minute threnody that wistfully sounds out one last aftermath at a stately pace. 

Throughout the album, Lamdin's production offers a sense of clarity and understated confidence. The sound distantly connects to 4hero's later work in its exploration of new-found acoustic song-form developing out of a background of programmed beats. Married to that is a clear focus on percussion and its priority in the mix. Although actually released on Tru Thoughts Records, The Sleepwalking Society could also have found a comfortable home on Germany's Compost Records alongside the likes of Clara Hill, Koop and Micatone. 


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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album 17 May 2011
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I don't know what the other guy is talking about, this is an amazing album. Continues to push forward the styles of Nostalgia 77 that has made him one of the UK's best producers. He won the John Peel Play More Jazz Award. Need I say more?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool as a cucumber! 1 July 2013
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Such a cool album! A perfect soundtrack for my hammock swinging, peaceful, pimms, sunny afternoons! If you are a fan of Portishead and triphop jazz you will love this refrshing and soothing for the soul album.If you ever have trouble sleeping just play the last track Hush and you will soon drift off into sweet dreams! Just lovely...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some good tracks 9 May 2011
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HEard this on Jamie Cullums radio 2 show so bought the album. 2 or 3 great tracks but the rest of the album did not live up to what I had hoped. Probably wouldn't recommend unless you were a dire heart jazz fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, rich production 20 Dec 2012
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A long time fan of his remixes, the interchange between his accompaniments and her voice is absolutely perfect. Well produced, both artists' strengths come out. The tracks Cherry, Simmer Down, and Sleepwalker all stand out. On the instrumental side, hush stays neatly within the style of the album, but When love is strange falls somewhat flat, more of a Koop style filler. If you enjoy Bonobo, Quantic, or downtempo in general, it's a good, organic album for the winter
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