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Just .... too good.,
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Astatke's grooves frst came the to the listening public's attention through the success of the film Broken Flowers and the popular Ethiopiques series. Then came an impromptu night at Cargo with brilliant percussive unit The Heliocentrics. A raucous session followed for Gilles Peterson's Radio One show and the rest shall we say is history.
Peterson himself has said, "these guys are made for each other." And on the early evidence of listening to this I'd have to agree.
"Cha, Cha," a new Astetke composition bears all his hallmarks; funky trumpet loops, that swaying, slightly uneasy percussive rhythm. What The Heliocentrics do is really beef his music up, with extra layers of drums and celestial sounds from all manner of other instruments. But the great thing is that incessant groove is never compromised.
It's worth noting that this record is very much a shared project, a good half a dozen of the tracks composed by Catto and Ferguson. What is astonishing is the way it all marries together so effortlessly. I love the creepy effect of "Addis Black Window," and the kaleidoscopic "Blue Nile." The adventurous "Chinese New Year" is another high moment.
This is basically a disgusting album in the sense that it's so damn good. We should marvel at the fact that every now and again a great musical idea comes to fruition and it ends up sounding like this.
I waited like an excited schoolboy for this to arrive through the post. So should you.
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Initial post: 3 Jun 2009 17:39:12 BDT
Pay Dirt says:
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2009 19:58:07 BDT
Mr. M. J. Saltiel says:
this is quite a sad comment. i really can't for the life of me think why you bothered.
Posted on 27 Sep 2011 21:30:52 BDT
Christopher Kelly says:
I agree, this is highly addictive music. I love the way the music sort of makes plenty of room for the sound of each instrument. There are some wonderfully bitter aromas in the harmonies.
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