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Soundpool
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2001
I was introduced to Dif Juz by some middle-aged artists who dug 4AD's roster. With a quick purchase of the only proper full-length, "Extractions," the names are all familiar: Robin Guthrie lends both his production skills (with Lincoln Fong) and his girlfriend to the band; Vaughn Oliver with Envelope 23 offer sleeve art; thanks to Ivo. Apropos, before the album, these are a collection of EPs the band made in the early 80s.
It's strange music, played at unusual tempos, with very common instruments. It's the typical two guitar, bass and drums, with drummer Richard Thomas lending the occasional brass or woodwind (Richard is actually a celebrated session man who made the records of Renegade Soundwave, Jesus and Mary Chain and Moose even better.)
Highlight on the album is "Re" with it's intro of harmonics and bass, until sliding into a great jangle groove and off time. It really is a shame the band's talents weren't encouraged nor flourished to the full potential, because without great doubt, they are one of the true unique outfits that were doomed to be mere footnote status.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I remember getting hold of "Extractions" in my teens and developed a musical lust for the highs and lows of Dif Juz.
I just wish that this bunch of guys were still together writing such artistry, carving up rocks with the twang of strings.
When I listen to tracks like "Gunet" & "No Motion", It's like getting a rust of blood to the head or the feeling of holding on to a sneeze. The guitar fretwork is unlike anything that you will ever hear.
"Soundpool" is made up of two e.p's with "No motion" taken from the 4ad compilation "Lonely is an eyesore".
It is hard to describe how this music really pulls the listener in without going over the top.
it sounds just as fresh as the first day i listened to it.
If you like the Cocteau's, buy this one, and let your euphoria fly!
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on 18 September 2013
These guys really had something special going on. Drawing on dub-scapes & post-punk experimentation they forged something quite unique; the propulsive insistent drumming, the exquisite basslines & textured guitar interplay. All this well before Tortoise & the so-called 'post-rock' bands that emerged in the early nineties.

'Soundpool' contains the EP's 'Huremics' & 'Vibrating Air' owned by the 4AD label with their magnificent stirring contribution to the 'Eyesore' compilation-'No Motion'- stuck on the end. The two EP's were earlier paired on the 'Out of the Trees' LP where the four tracks comprising Vibrating Air had been substantially re-worked.
VA appears here in its unaltered form which is interesting and fine, but a shame the improved versions were not also included, as they differ greatly from the first release ('Heset' for instance, has a guest vocalist, and 'Gunet' is one of their most arresting pieces).

The flowing loose-form instrumentals presented here gave way to the more structured & fuller sounding pieces on the 'Extractions' album. Other collections of their early work are 'Who Says So?' & 'Time Clock Turn Back' if you can find them. No Motion gives a taste of where they were headed. It's all vital really.
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on 3 December 2000
Before achieving cult status with the Cocteau Twins, Robin Guthrie produced this instrumental collection on the 4AD label with a group of four musicians including brothers Dave and Alan Curtis on guitars. One can detect the Cocteau Twins' sound with the spectral guitar rhythms that dominate this CD compilation. At only 9 tracks in length, this collection of two EPs is minimal in both length and effects. However the nagging tunefulness on 'Re', 'CS' and the dramatic closer, 'No Motion' demonstrate that the complex chord changes and that 4AD air of mystery make this a highly listenable artefact from more innocent times.
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