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Album Review

It's fitting that the cover to Minuit, the second Minus 8 album released by Compost, pictures a cozy chair overlooking a nighttime metropolis. On this release, producer Robert Jan Meyer offers music that is undoubtedly nocturnal and urban yet much more intended for casual chilling than heated dancing. His past recordings had quite a bit of jazziness to them, particularly with their abundant use of live instruments, yet the Swiss producer embraces jazz to an even further extent on Minuit. And not strictly the instruments associated with jazz, but also the vocal style. Nearly every song on this album features a vocalist accentuating the music, perhaps a conscious effort on Meyer's part to duplicate the success of "Snowblind" and "Badman & Throbin'," two songs from his previous album, Elysian Fields, that became sizable hits. Those two excellent songs thankfully appear here in remixed form, and several songs follow a similar approach, namely "Theia" and "Runaway," two other excellent songs. In addition to the heavy emphasis on vocals, Minuit also boasts a tranquil mood. Even with the thick rhythms, this isn't music you dance to but rather music you either relax or socialize to. The basslines and beats are there for sure yet are subtly buried beneath organs, flutes, guitars, pianos, and sultry vocals. Toward the album's conclusion, Meyer slows down the tempo a bit with laid-back songs like "Sometimes" and "Bossanova Feelin'" before finishing with "A Concha Cor de Rosa," a staggering drum'n'bass song that reminds you just how far he's come as a producer over the years. Just like every previous Minus 8 album, you're left wondering where Meyer, never one to remain still, goes from here.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant!

This has to be one of my favorite albums. Very well done, well put together, and timeless.

Coqutail Lounging

It has a tropical spine to it and a lot of jazzy beat feeling. It's great for a mellow environment.

Minus 8 snuck up on me

I love my downtempo lounge. Brasil samba/ bossa nova has been getting heavy rotation and I had a song in my playlist from Minus 8. I enjoyed it very much and decided to do some diggin' to see what else was out there. It payed off. This album has a few gems on it. " Do it the way " had me at hello. Don't sleep on this album. It's quite good.

Biography

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s

By the end of the '90s, Minus 8 producer Robert Jan Meyer had developed a diverse, unique style of beat-driven jazzy dance music that won him much acclaim. His late-'90s drum'n'bass-influenced recordings for Inflamable and Higher Ground had been successful, but Meyer's work for Compost took him to another level alongside similarly adventurous beatmakers as Jazzanova and the Trüby Trio. Like these producers, Meyer crossed all boundaries as Minus 8, at times making music that's jazz-inflected, other...
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