on 31 May 2004
Dream of 100 Nations was released in the year when everything seemed to be coming together for UK electronic dance music. Born out of the post-rave dance festival and live techno club scene, Transglobal Underground managed to draw all the threads together in an album that was at once genre-defining and genre busting. It sounds as fresh today as it did 10 years ago: breakbeat, rap and house are still going strong, but you might easily have missed the "world beat" sound that Transglobal Underground built on the foundation of these more mainstream sub-genres.
African, middle-eastern and asian sounds are fused in a truly global groove, with hints of the KLF, Primal Scream (Screamadelica), Meatbeat Manifesto, System 7, The Orb, Banco de Gaia, Faithless and The Shamen. Add to this the unique vocal talents of Natacha Atlas (her vocals on the intensly moving "I Voyager" make this album worth the price for this tune alone) and you have nothing less then an absolute treasure from the golden age of British dance music.
on 12 November 2000
This album defined a whole new genre. Drawing inspiration from numerous different sources, yet brilliantly original, "Dream" incorporates phenomenally harmonious melodies and quirky, amusing samples. From the opener, Temple Head (also their first single release), used by CocaCola for their Atlanta Olympic ads in 1996, with its sumptious finale, drawing all the strings of the song together, to the uplifting "Slowfinger" and "Sirius B" the music enthralls completely. "I, Voyager" is pure relaxation while "Tutto Grande Discordia" is pshychedelia at its height. The album finishes aptly with "Hymn To Us", which, by the time it fades gloriously out, has delighted us with the sheer spine-tingling quasi-orgasmic harmony. The harmonious joy is repeated in "Psychic Karaoke" by TGU, in 1997. Quite simply, a masterpiece. You MUST buy this record, or Psychic Karaoke.