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5.0 out of 5 stars feels closer - layo & bushwaka
It's an absolute mystery how these two guys just get better as the years go on. From the outset this album throws itself from stomping pure house music, to samba tinged techno, via the pure chill and ecclectically enough, floaty singer/songwrighter folk(???). It sounds as if it shouldn't work, but it excells.
I was anticipating good things after night...
Published on 14 Mar 2006

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1.0 out of 5 stars What happened to these guys?
It's been saddening for me to watch the decline of this duo ever since such a sublime début album, Low Life. This album drags itself through a slow field of monotony. Skip through the first track a minute at a time and you'll be pressed to notice any variation in the dull dance beat we've heard oh-so-many times before.

Of course, you may not share my...
Published on 30 Jun 2007 by Drew Noakes


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars feels closer - layo & bushwaka, 14 Mar 2006
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This review is from: Feels Closer (Audio CD)
It's an absolute mystery how these two guys just get better as the years go on. From the outset this album throws itself from stomping pure house music, to samba tinged techno, via the pure chill and ecclectically enough, floaty singer/songwrighter folk(???). It sounds as if it shouldn't work, but it excells.
I was anticipating good things after night works, my expectations were too modest
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yes., 10 April 2006
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Mr. Neil Vaughan "Vaughanster" (Newport, South Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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It was a big ask for L&B to kick on from their top-notch tech house/breaks debut, "Low Life," and the more atmospheric classic "Night Works," to produce an album that inspired the listener once again. Well... THEY DID IT. This album has a warmer feel than their previous work and includes everything from upbeat house and breaks to laid back jazzy vibes, latin rhythms and guitars. They also throw in some great vocalists for good measure, and "isn't this a lovely day" with Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald is a blinder. But then for me every track is a blinder.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful follow up to Night Works, 21 Aug 2006
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R. Mullaney (Leeds, UK) - See all my reviews
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I was very pleasantly suprised by 'Feels Closer', not because Layo & Bushwacka! aren't great producers but because most dance producers usually deliver a good debut but then subsequent releases usually get worse as the artist runs out of ideas. This isn't the case with Layo & Bushwacka! as this album is their most mature work to date.

I usually buy dance artists albums because I want some of the tracks to for my DJ sets but I rarely listen to them in the car or at home. Exceptions are albums from the Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, Massive Attack and this one. It is a very pleasant listening album as well as including several tracks for the dancefloor (Ride The Train, Dr Teeth). They recorded some of the album in Brazil and the latin influence features heavily throughout with some beatifully produced samba rythyms and jazzy vibes. The whole album is warm sounding, perfect summer listening with some nice downtemo tracks to relax to. Great stuff.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Class, 3 Mar 2014
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I was nervous and hesitant to play this cd, 'Low Life' and 'Night Works' gave them so much to live up to, they set the benchmark for electronic/dance music long players. Yet again the boys give us a cd of sublime quality, class and variety. This duo have got an arsenal of dancefloor bombs and it would be easy for them to compile an album of such tracks, but they come from the school of thought where the album is a journey and not merely a collection of tracks.

More vocals than usual but the production and feel is so sophisticated that it works beautifully. The nerve of these guys to include an Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong remix! But then they did sample Nina Simone on 'Love Story' to stunning effect, once again their magic dust does the trick. How anyone can describe the album as monotonous is beyond me, the variation is beyond your average dance music long player with a selection of beats, rhythms and sounds including electric and flamenco guitars. Like their previous albums this fantastic release works in almost any environment, chilling, driving, grooving, whatevering. At this rate they might just be the dance duo who never let us down, as usual pure class.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What happened to these guys?, 30 Jun 2007
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Drew Noakes (London, England) - See all my reviews
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It's been saddening for me to watch the decline of this duo ever since such a sublime début album, Low Life. This album drags itself through a slow field of monotony. Skip through the first track a minute at a time and you'll be pressed to notice any variation in the dull dance beat we've heard oh-so-many times before.

Of course, you may not share my point of view -- many people discovered L&B with Night Works and couldn't see Low Life the same way I did. If you're an old-time fan then I feel this may be a disappointment to you. Dr Teeth was the only track that stirred anything in me. Let's hope for more interesting releases in future.
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