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Bass, Sweat & Tears

Gaudi

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Album Review

A good 20 years into his career as a producer, mixer, keyboardist and general mixmaster of all things dubby, worldbeaty and bass-wise, Gaudi is still creating some of the most intoxicating electronic music out there. His latest full-length release breathes new life into that most tired of artistic cliches: the Musical Journey. Taking source material from such far-flung locales as Iran, Burkina Faso, Pakistan, India, Papua New Guinea, the Amazon rain forest and Western Europe, Bass, Sweat & Tears brings all of its disparate parts together to create a kaleidoscopic but unified celebration of the deep, loamy groove. As usual, dubwise reggae is the common thread that binds everything together, but that common foundation supports a brilliantly multifaceted structure that features flamenco hip-hop ("Babylon Flamenco," from the Spanish band Ojos de Brujo), Franco-African hip-hop ("Chaine a Chaine," featuring rapper Eric Dah "Mozieu"), rain forest reggae ("Native Dub") and pygmy electronica ("Tribalove"). Really, you could probably define a new musical genre with just about every track on this album, and yes, that's a compliment. Highly recommended.

Customer Reviews

Essential

So many albums aim to fuse world music and chill out, reggae and dub together into something daring but usually end up being no more than background lounge music for coffee shops. This album however is an exquisite triumph of genre melding genius. Around the world in 15 tracks and not a single ethnic musical tradition is cheapened or exploited, instead celebrated with adornments of heavy bass and intricate beats. There are tracks which are perfect for merely spinning out and relaxing to, and also tracks that get a crowd dancing in a club (Sufani and Ayahuasca Deep Fall for example). All in all, this is an album of great depth that has immediate value but also will pay you back ten fold the more you come back to it, glorious!

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