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Exoticatronica: Choirboy dub, Microdancehall, Acapellatronic

THIS CD IS FOR YOUR IF YOU LIKE: Air, Thievery Corporation, Zero 7, Groove Armada, Bjork, Buddha Bar, Boards of Canada, Cafe Del Mar, Six Degrees label or the Verve Remixed releases; radio shows like the BBC's "Blue Room", or KCRW's "Metropolis"... The song "Music Is My DNA" is a fractal of the whole album; blow it up for close inspection and it does just what the entire "Sonorous Susurrus" release does: incorporate many genres, tempos, vocalists, and moods of music into a cohesive whole. "...DNA" includes Latin grooves, reggae stylings, traditional European music and African chants woven together with accessible and contemporary dance music production. The complexity of K.I.A.'s "Sonorous..." full release (22 tracks) ensures that it has a long shelf-life. There are some songs that are immediately catchy and fluffy ("Be My DJ", featured on "America's Next Top Model" by the way) and the clubby "Housing Down the Burn", but it's the deeper, downtempo songs--tracks 11 to 22--that will have you still listening two or three years from now. Some track highlights with descriptions: "Sleep" -forlorn and beautiful bluesy vocals; "Howdydaomaori" -mysterious chants in a haunting world soundscape; "Goa-di" -angelic and emotional acapella; "Hummingbird" -a love song featuring gentle vocals by Larissa Gomes (Feist fans have a listen); "Dubmarine" -chilout/lounge with Jamaican haikus; "Rise Up" -a dubby Sigur Ros; "Large Slow River" -dubby dance featuring Venice Bienalle award-winner Janet Cardiff; "Rashomon" -dance music as done by a pointillist... and so on. *NOTE: Also check out the other CD by this band, called "Adieu Shinjuku Zulu", which features the saddest song ever, "Mrs. Major Tom", and their first (dancier) CD recorded under the name Shinjuku Zulu.

half chill, half thrill, all cool

got this CD after seeing other people who bought Various Chimeras by Shinjuku Zulu also got this one. (guess what? it's the same band, different name.) anywho, my faves are the lonely Rise Up and the very pretty Uneunoia from the chill out side. my faves from the thrill side are Rashomon and Downquark, like disco from the future. the shattered and reconstructed future. where beats are info, and streets are numbers, and trees are data. anyone read this far?

luv plus 3

luv it luv it luv it all, last half the most. well maybe not the ps/at song, it's a little scary. but hummingbird is unscary so there you go.


Born: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

K.I.A., also known as Shinjuku Zulu, never takes a straightforward approach -- not with his worldly music nor with the convoluted presentation of it. The Canadian producer, born Kirby Andersen, began in Calgary, where he graduated in 1988 from the city's university with a degree in English literature. From there he followed his urge to travel and moved to Tokyo, where he found substatial inspiration in Japanese culture and its wonderful ironies -- ancient temples amid a forward-looking highly technological...
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