This excellent new album from Kinobe follows on from where they left off with Soundphiles. Its probably flows a bit better as an album with and has less tracks that stand out as being perhaps a bit too weird. Moonlight And Mescaline with Terry Callier is a superb track that really grows on you - sounds like a funky version of the Doors. Overall the mood is upbeat with the laid back summer-house feeling of Keep Playing mixing it well with more chilled tracks like Slow Motion and Tired Heart. Track 8 - Stay - picks up the tempo following (in my mind) the unavoidable weird track - 7 - in Whirling Around which isn't bad but for me upsets the mood of the album and I can't see me stopping myself from skipping this track in future… this costs it 1 star. If you like Air, Bent or Zero 7 then you won't be disappointed. They do manage to keep their own identity though (see track 7) so don't be put off by too many comparisons.
Really glad to hear this album finally. Kinobe still making tunes and taking risks with stylistic choices, interesting vocalists and creative ideas. This to me, always helps Kinobe rise above the usual bland chill out fare which we're bombarded with. It's as if their musical hearts are on their sleeves, not looking at the charts or bank accounts. No comparisons to other bands here, yes some of the tunes may be influenced by so and so, but it's the feel of the album as a whole that stands it alone. Buy this if you like your music interesting and groovy.
Whilst the name Kinobe may not mean anything to you, you have definitely heard 'Slip into something' -their chill-out gem, used to accompany a 2000 Kronenbourg ad. 'Wide Open' - Kinobe's third album,was created in an 18th century summer house in Toulouse, and the French influence is highly visible in the first half of the album, notably in 'Tired heart' and 'Slow motion' which are warm, dreamy, musical sleeping-pills. If you haven't drifted off into a deep and peaceful slumber by track 5, you've got to stop drinking those red-bulls mate because they're turning you into a bluddy insomniac! The second half will keep you up all night boogying with the addictive mix of funky and soulful beats. The Kinobe duo - Waters and "Blackie" are dance-oracles, check them out before they become the next dance sell-outs!
This is the first album I have bought by Kinobe as for some reason I thought they would sound too commercial. Maybe something to do with the Kronenbourg advert - I dont know. Anyway I bought this album as I had heard good reviews and I have not been disappointed by what I have got. This album starts off relatively dreamy and you can see the french influence in the first couple of tracks (apparently they wrote this whilst in Toulouse) and then it goes off in a more uptempo style not too dissimilar to the Groove Armada. I would recommend this album to any fans of GA, Fila Brazillia et al. Kinobe are 'kin brilliant.
This album is the perfect antidote to all the pop, rock, rap etc. It starts off very slowly, which is why I've dropped one point - it's a bit too bland. Then it speeds up gently. It's like chill-out, but busier, with an infectious rhythm, which had me jigging about in my chair, even with a bad back. "Whirling Around", with the pig-in-a-wig dialogue, is infuriatingly infectious. You'll either love it or hate it, there's no inbetween. If you like "Soundphiles" and Zero7, you'll love this album, but it still manages to be different.