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Album Review

British producer Beta Hector deals in a complex, messy, multi-layered sound that draws heavily on old-school funk and soul but really incorporates all kinds of different influences: you'll hear nu-soul (featuring the vocals of Sarah Gardner and the excellent Dionn Charles, among others), hip-hop, trashy electro, and jazzy techno, all of it spiced up by occasional incursions of weird glitches and sudden squawks that seem to come from out of nowhere. "Hexagon" is funky in a messy sort of way, like a slightly drier Fatboy Slim (whose influence is also felt on the humorously deadpan outer space fantasy "Jupiter Mission," with its big fat beat and prominent cowbell); MC Shane Hunter makes a couple of nice appearances on "Thousand Yard Stare" and "Oracle Bones," but the real highlights are the R&B numbers featuring Charles. There are a couple of missteps, including the oddly desultory "Sleepwalking," which falls flat despite Gardner's nicely jazzy vocal contribution. And a few other tracks (notably the groovy but not especially compelling "Super Bionic") offer plenty of nice sonics but never quite succeed at grabbing the ear and holding onto it. This is a solid effort overall, but not a dazzling one.

Customer Reviews

Greater Hector!

Sunbeam Insulin showcases the transition Simon Hill has undergone to turn deep funk act 'Baby Charles' into soulful electronic disco funk act 'Beta Hector'. The album features an accumilation of heavy beats, psychadelic sonority, raw soul traditions, analogue synthesizers, vintage tape machines and a multitude of talented vocalists. The single and whole album have a retro-furturistic, disco inflected sci-fi vibe running through them, melding old and new influences and marking Beta Hector as an offbeat, quirky and fresh voice in today’s scene. Regarding influences, think Heliocentrics, Portishead, Herbaliser and Debbie Harry. Deffinetly worth a listen to provide fresh sounds amongst the mundanity of many of the present days releases!

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