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i the mother of his child.

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i GURU news is that beyond the lyrical

' Jazzmatazz Volume II (Cooltempo) i minefield is a rich musical rump. The The premise of Jazzmatazz Volume! beef of the album is European;

was wonderful. Resuscitate a form of i although that could have something to

Edinburgh band The heads ‘So It Seems' lil’ (Dell Discs) will prove a little sugary for some tastes. but that won’t turn the radio programmers against it. Melodious and

unrummg, so it scum» music that’s dying in smoke-filled do with the fact that half the roster of is unlikely to appeal to rooms with classy New York hip hop. ' Cooltempo appears in various guises. fans of Derry-s Schtum. The result? Jazz firmly back on the I The tastiest fillets are with the

map of respectability and the honour American masterchefs. The

of being List readers third-favourite combination of Chaka Khan and

album of 1993. This year, there’s more Branford Marsalis on the scrummy

of the same, almost. In terms of scat of ‘Watch What You Say’ is philosophy, Jazzmatazz II is about the inspired, while Donald Byrd’s virtuoso family, but contradiction is the name horn on ‘The Traveller’ melts juicin in of the game as Guru slam-dunks guys the ears. With such quality meat being

whose invigorating ‘Skydiver‘ (Columbia) shows that they understand the value of fractured riffs and bug- eyed vocals. Further south. in Dublin. The Prayer Boat release their

first single in {our years. for not being proper role models served so delightfully, you can ‘Dark Green‘ (Alino before admitting that he’s too much of overlook Guru beating his own. (Philip Sounds). it‘s more than a lay-deez man to set up home with Dorward)

palatable. with a

(Celtically) soull'ul singer I perched somewhere m : A Call’. Full credit to Grohl, though, for E between Paul Heaton and I

; ploughing a different furrow - albeit a i

10” Buckley. fittings i E furrow that crisses and crosses the “Nine In FIGHTERS ; 70$ big:dumb-heart.groove of fellow ' , Foo Fighters (Capitol) j Seattlertes The Posles. Most culpable Who’d have thunk it, that grunge’s ; here, and most brilliant, is ‘Big Me’. Back on this side or the death rattle would sound so, well, Least culpable is the sinister swing lrish Sea. Natalie Robb of alive? And, frankly, so well-written? of ‘For All The Cows’, wherein Grohl High Road fame joins the Dave Grohl was the drummer, the proves he has a voice coolly capable ranks of SOHDMWS flailing Animal in Nirvana’s Muppet of lurching from mellow croon to . ' 4 ‘lfl"l‘°flecka’::'f‘%. “"“S” show. Before Foo Fighters, proof of his ragged bowl, and a dynamic-grasp that E?" . , L f’.‘ writing ability was confined to one sees Foo Fighters following a aradisc (l llnllLllL). A . . . . {cw Choice words semi-decent track on one of the switchback trail from maudlin regarding the day job band’s B-sides. Now comes the whole acoustics to trashy, Jellyfish-esque might not be entirely out deal- Pop'ope’a- Less depth than Nirvana: l of order. There‘s a greater At its slackest, Foo Fighters, natch, but perhaps more width. Nope Grohl chance of Top Ten fame gives props to Grohl’s former band - in doesn’t find his own Lady Macbeth for ‘Occatt DtiVC' (Wild the ranting venom of ‘l’ll Stick and doesn’t have a dicky tummy. :Jgg‘ggfiylhého ,Around’, in the flaming pop of ‘This Is (Craig McLean) they are and whence they came I know not. but this www.‘ ' m:- found voices are worked organically Pct-Wilmer Mtkc [’Cdcn- «132;?19‘5. into the mix. Henderson swigs deep

produced track is featured in the film Jtit‘lt' .‘lll(/

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8‘7"” ‘lmfN 3"“,l'f'l‘: Saint Jack (Postcard Recordings of ‘couldn’t Phone Potatoes’ builds a “m” “ml”? ”‘ "SCI" Scotland) around a relentless guitar figure to Soul II Soul s Love - - ' . , . , Emma (Virgin) w“, of Centatn Underground Strikes Back. approximate the Velvets of The out , coma dug, bu, Junie B Flies hatch out,.things curdle and from eventually reaching a seemingly sounds like he‘s toiling. $0m8Wh8te behind an BChO. Davey endless plateau stage of torn organ

Henderson joyoust proclaims, ‘I can sheaths and tambourine. play “Kandy Korn’"; The Nectarine No. ‘Unloaded For You’ comes in like a 9 return with fragments of Beefheart whispered prayer only to end in

Far from unpleasant. ‘l.ove Enul’f‘ is still moribund when compared

“’ h“ be“ all" the VBlVetS in tow. and an album triumph, while Beefheart’s shadow

that represents a huge evolutionary flits viciously around ‘My Trapped “5|??le ‘tgtl’tcsnglc leap on from the only occasionally Lightning’. Despite the hairy smell of (; ‘f‘nur h‘gpinés wonderful 0“. the title, ‘This Arsehole’s Been Burned of something which niav Where that [Fcord was "‘9 result at i I00 many Times Before, Shl'dde's With or may not be termed " . "endetson Items '9“ alonetoo long ' a pure redemptive pop. We live in hope progressive techno. | Wlth a head?“ Ol Ideas. 58!”! Jack has of McEwan’s Lager building an ad Onomatopoeic. crisp. ' the sound of a band relaxed and campaign around either this or ‘Just unrelenting. it's what the ~ l confident after a few years’ live work. Another Fucked Up Little Druggie 0n kidS want Probably l Guitars slide and swarm, samples and The scene', (Damien Love)

40 The List 14-27 Jul 1995