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Album Review

With production by Groove Armada's Andy Cato, the full-length debut by Caia is a warm record of housey keys and dub reggae textures, with a set of beats closer to hip-hop or languid downbeat. In that, it's not far off from the work of Groove Armada, though The Magic Dragon focuses more on tracks (the repetition of a few ideas) than songs, and so fits perfectly on its label of release (the dance-oriented Guidance). Most of these are ripe for the plucking by nearly any of the hundreds of chill-out mix albums being released; though the music sticks to tried-and-true patterns of non-dancefloor dance music (and sounds a bit anonymous for it), "The Rose Room" has a series of morphing effects that are half-dub and half-acid house, while "Summer Lightning" has a delicious bridge featuring wood drums.


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s

Maiku Takahashi, a Japanese producer, records warm downbeat electronica as Caia. Championed by Groove Armada's Andy Cato, Takahashi met Cato in 1998 while the latter was on tour in Japan. After becoming fast friends due to a shared fetish for Adidas and Northern soul, the two collaborated for the...
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