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  • Audio CD (30 Aug. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hut
  • ASIN: B000025AJV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Former Cornershop sound experimentalists and lo-fi cheeseball aficionados Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayres return with a new band but a similar musical approach. The beats are a touch harder, and they mine early 1980s hip-hop instead of early '60s jangle-pop for their material, although they're still entertaining the same impulses: using £ 50 keyboards and cheapo sequencers to combine a comforting old-school feel with a savvy, modern pop sensibility. They don't cast as wide a net here though, putting away their guitars and depending on a relatively monochromatic melodic palette, along with a warm but muted sense of breakbeat rhythm. On the surface, the record seems pretty empty-headed, especially compared to the latent political messages and consciousness-raising content of Cornershop. Look deeper, however, and the sunny melodies sound deliberately inappropriate, and just a little too tongue-in-cheek for straight interpretation. Singh and Ayres, while indulging their peppiest musical instincts, have a comment to make on disco's (and dance music in general) often vacuous core, holding up a mirror to the unabashed reliance on appearances and consequenceless frivolity. The shame and the success of the record can be found in how easily overlooked that observation ends up being amid the showers of funked-out pop that soak every song through to the bone. --Matthew Cooke

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I could listen to anything by Tjinder and froends. A pleasure. A darn pleasure and no mistake. Lovely yellow CD case, too.
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This is the most enlightening, innovative and just plain funky album I have ever bought. I already own two of Cornershop's (who is another project founded by Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayres who are the founders of Clinton) albums and they are both fantastic, but this is even better! An incredible fusion of big-beat, disco and funk. From the sample-enriched "Buttoned Down Disco" to the Gospel influenced "Sing Hosanna" to the pounding beats of "Welcome to Tokyo Otis Clay", there's something for everyone. An absolute 'must buy'.
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Look! Clinton is the funky offshoot of 'Cornershop' ('brimful of Asher', remember?). Just goto your nearest record shop and listen to the opening track. The best opening track of a record I can remember. Think of Kool and the Gang, Sitar, a bit of James Brown and.... oh I cant think. The albums too unlike anything I've heard before to be able to describe it (apart for Cornershops '7th time' LP. just listen to the damn thing!
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This is an unexpected delight. It's an album full of supprises,with an experimental fell that, gives it a rich texture of musical styles. The most impressive tracks are Button downed disco, which was the first single and Electric ice cream, but the album is full of well crafted tracks. It's well worth adding to your collection.
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Excellent cd, delivered in perfect condition
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