- Audio CD (16 Jun. 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B000VLIXY8
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,477 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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2008 debut album from the Liverpudlian turntablist. Sonny J has thrown together diverse elements like arcane American telephone conversations that could have been ripped off a parallel universe remake of Hi-Fidelity mixed with big wobbly basslines, euphoric strings and giddy breakdowns all splattered with ten tons of soul... his hyperactive interpretation of soul, that is. It's a record where the highs are higher and the lows are gently, softly, lower. So what else can we tell you about Mr. Sonny J? He claims his real name is Sonnington James III. He loves Japanese weather reports, customizing football kits and singing for his supper in the most unpromising seaside charity shops. His DJ sets sound like Doris Day kidnapped by Motorhead, all washed down with generous helpings of cut up future Funk, nasty '80s power Rock, spaced out B-Boy nuggets and general dirty electronique madness. No, really! 12 tracks including 'Enfant Terrible'. Positiva.
Disastro has to be the most misleading misnomer of the year: Sonny J's debut is messy with styles, overcrowded with samples and almost overbalances with the respect it pays to different genres, times and places. Yet it never approaches even the outskirts of disaster. The album takes a bucket of ideas and shakes them up in a ragbag of influences. What comes out is as sweet and surprising as a birthday cake.
There's more to this collection though, than just a collection of warmed-over riffs and recycled vocals; Sorrow could easily be the lead track from a Chris Martin solo project, and it works perfectly as a standalone island of high quality, old-school music for musicians.
If you've ever worshipped at the temple of DJ Shadow or bowed before Beck, you'll find more than enough eclecticism here to whet your aural appetite. If you remember the early days of Big Beat, when the likes of Fatboy Slim and Bentley Rhythm Ace were at their most inspired, you'll adore the quirky blending of arcade-game sound effects, heavy metal guitar and francophone girlie-pop which kicks off the set.
And if you can remember back to the time of the Banana Splits TV show, during the golden age of Detroit pop at Hitsville USA, you'll recognise the skills employed on Can't Stop Moving. It's surely no coincidence that master label EMI have released this gorgeous piece of work on old the $tateside imprint, one time home to Motown's output in the UK.
This is that rarest of musical creatures; a debut album full of promise. --Al Spicer
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It is however extremely good at what it is. It is the feel good party CD of 2008 and I can't recommend it enough. Enjoy...
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