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"Extraordinary" -Globe & Mail

Selected newspaper reviews: /// "Four Stars! Sheer brilliance... haunting vocals. Top ten discs of the year. It's like someone threw open the dance club's door and let the fresh air in..." -Globe & Mail /// "Four Stars! Blends reggae, house & African chants... a complex record that reveals surprises each time it is played. Exotic vocals, reggae bass lines and a recurring pop aesthetic give it enough depth to warrant repeated listens..." -Montreal Gazette /// "Like Kevin Yost spinning Everything But the Girl with Mad Professor remixes... ///

That Groove is Sweetness!!!

This is complex and simple music. Most of the tracks are danceable : "That Groove" is the perfect club groove with a simple vocal, "Brando" has a great beat under a wistful femal vox, and "Dervish" is middle-eastern chants under house rhythms. "Funkriot" is an electro groove pre-LCD. There are also a few chillout tracks that are super beautiful. "Sweetness Likes the Reverb" is like Imogen Heap--an extraordinary vocal and nothing else. "Yedayed" is a Morcheeba or Thievery Corp. type song. "Unlullaby" is a lullaby done by junglists. Would give these 15 tracks 6 stars if possible.


THIS CD IS FOR YOU IF YOU LIKE: Buddha Bar, Fatboy Slim, Bjork, Chemical Bros., Armand Van Helden, the Six Degrees label, or the radio shows "Metropolis" (KCRW) or "The Blue Room" (BBC). Uptempo dance and downtempo dub tracks. PRESS REVIEWS: "...reggae, breaks,house, chants...a complex CD that reveals surprises each time it's played... warrants repeated listens" -MONTREAL GAZETTE "FOUR STARS...sheer brilliance, haunting vocals...extraordinary..." -GLOBE & MAIL "...It sounds like Kevin Yost spinning Everything But the Girl with Mad Professor remixes..." -THE HERALD Imagine Buddha Bar meets Moby meets Kylie Minogue... This CD is comprised of both chillout and dance tracks with pop, African, and middle eastern vocal influences. Smart, accessible music for the 22 century. Standout tracks: "That Groove" -fun dance track, like Armand Van Helden do-over of Tori Amos. "Segue" -breaks that segueway into house, with soaring African chants "Sweetness Likes the Reverb" is a hauntingly beautiful acapella dub track, reminiscent in feel to "Song to the Siren" by Liz Fraser (Cocteau Twins.) "Yedayed" -downtempo/chill akin to Groove Armada "Behemoth" -breakbeats and big guitars, a la Crystal Method, Fatboy Slim, Chemical Bros. etc. *Note: By the same artist check out the "Various Chimeras" CD, and 2 CDs recorded under the moniker K.I.A., entitled "Sonorous Susurrus", and "Adieu Shinjuku Zulu".


Born: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

K.I.A., also known as Shinjuku Zulu, never takes a straightforward approach -- not with his worldly music nor with the convoluted presentation of it. The Canadian producer, born Kirby Andersen, began in Calgary, where he graduated in 1988 from the city's university with a degree in English literature. From there he followed his urge to travel and moved to Tokyo, where he found substatial inspiration in Japanese culture and its wonderful ironies -- ancient temples amid a forward-looking highly technological...
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