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Album Review

Extraordinary People is a very welcome CD compilation of tracks that were released on two 12" singles, Extraordinary People and Kaleidoscopic Sounds, and resequenced into a full-length album. Harmonic 33 rejoins Global Communication's Mark Pritchard with his co-conspirator in the drum'n'bass unit Use of Weapons, Dave Brinkworth. Their previous collaboration was deep-rooted in drum'n'bass, but here they meld hip-hop beats with the trappings of easy listening exotic lounge. "The Rain Song" and "The Holytrack" are the highlights of the album, featuring choral vocals, tinkling pianos, and groovy percussion. "The Woodblock" showcases more of the hip-hop side of the pairing, with some furious vinyl scratching and sampled cut-up rap vocals. Chanteuse Kirsty Hawkshaw also makes an appearance, adding wordless yet moving vocals to the lounge-tronica "Underwater Lady." Very different from the library music that the two collaborators would go on to produce on Music for Film, Television, and Radio, Vol. 1, Extraordinary People is a feather in the cap of Mark Pritchard's towering discography, comparable to Troubleman's excellent Time Out of Mind.

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Headphone Commute Review

I know it’s important to keep up with evolution of sound, music, and genres, but why can’t I stop listening to Harmonic 33’s 2002 release, Extraordinary People? Did the common folk forget about the light, spacey, and spy-sexy trip-hop sound, or am I just not looking in all the right places? Even the group’s follow up album, Music For Film, Television And Radio Volume 1 on Warp Records did not satisfy my cravings for a similar sound. Out of fourteen tracks on this first full length Alphabet Zoo release, every single one is a standout! The label owner, Danny Breaks, even contributed a few cuts and scratches to the record with his turntablism skillz. The Harmonic 33 is Dave Brinkworth and Mark Pritchard, producing under various pseudonyms since the 90s. Brinkworth has previously contributed to Capio and the duo’s early drum’n’bass outlet, Use Of Weapons. Pritchard’s discography, on the other hand, is almost impossible to trace, with his numerous aliases and group collaborations, most notable among them with Thomas Middleton under Global Communication [note to self: revisit 76:14] and Jedi Knights. Although I can fully appreciate Pritchard’s latest gravitation towards a more Detroit influenced hip-hop sound with his Harmonic 313 moniker, I still turn back to Extraordinary People time and time again. This was one of the albums that made me want to write reviews almost six years ago, simply for the sake of spreading the music to everyone, thrusting with "here, hear!"

inter-global communication

as deep and beautiful as anything mark pritchard has ever released, this is yet another essential gem. space is the place of course, but there's a bit of a wistful mood here, a glance backwards while gently moving into the light. meditative music that won't make you feel guilty about losing your funk. finally gives 60's/70's lounge the treatment it always deserved, removing all the cheesy "swinger' elements so you can actually feel the intended effects of a calm removal from your everyday environment-like a relaxing bath that you accidentally fall asleep in.

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