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Album Review

For his fifth album under the name Mocean Worker, Adam Dorn moves beyond the boundaries of mainstream electronica and digs into his crate of old records. Really old records. Like, 78 rpm records from the 1930s, as well as soul and funk gems from the '60s and '70s and a variety of Latin sounds. The music that results sounds a bit like a more muscular (and very much more American) version of what the Real Tuesday Weld does with sounds from the heyday of the English music hall. Cinco de Mowo! veers happily back and forth between funky reappropriations of old big band music (check out the archaic but hard-edged "Shake Ya Boogie") and gleeful Latin jazz (check out the fun, if slightly repetitious, "Olé Baby" and the more subtle and jazzy "Pretty"). In between are some surprises: cameo appearances by Rahsaan Roland Kirk ("Reykjavik," "Siss Boom Bah!") and Herb Alpert ("Changes") and a soulful and understatedly sexy love song featuring a female vocalist named Morley ("I Got You"). The album closes on a cool note, with the almost ambient "Songnumber3." There aren't very many truly unique voices in the world of electronic music these days, but Mocean Worker is one of those few.

Customer Reviews


I own thousands of cds and 100 gigabytes of digital music. This album is in the top 10 of my collection--it's pure genius. If you can hold still while it's playing, you don't have a pulse. Do yourself a favor--buy it now!

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Found this music on a skateboard video and went crazy over em. If u have a diverse liking of music, add this to your collection. People will wanna be you after you turn them on to this group. Peace


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The ranks of jazzy drum'n'bass swelled considerably with the debut of Mocean Worker, the recording alias of eclectic producer Adam Dorn. Dorn's father, Joel, was one of the stalwart producers at Atlantic Records during the 1960s and '70s, helming sessions by Coltrane and Mingus as well as pop records like Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly," Bette Midler's debut album, and the Allman Brothers' Idlewild South. Adam, a bass player and vocalist, studied at Berklee College of Music and worked extensively...
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