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cover of ’God Save The Queen’. This isn't the best Motorheacl recoch (see Bomber), but it’s pretty close. Maybe my Saxon albums are worth something now. (Doug Johnstone)


Frog Pocket

My Favourite (Mouthmoth) it a it it

It often seems that in every town in the world there is someone beavering away, producmg their own special brand of underground electronica. Frog Pocket prove Ayr is no exception stuttering beats, metallic percussion, swathes of mournful synth patches, and fluid guitar lines all combine to create often calming, often alarming, but alt-trays stimulating instrumental sOunds.

The boffins at Warp Records, espec ialiy Aphex Twrn, are one more familiar reference pornt, as are the more peculiar moments from TortOise, Stereolab and Mogwai. Not hugely groundbreaking perhaps, but Frog Pocket wander, stagger and occasionally sprint, to their own speCIal place (Mark Robertsom

Zan Lyons

Desolute (Foundry Recordings) ****a

Stick DJ Shadow in a half-lat crumlflzng studio With Photek, John ( arpenter, some decks and Adrian Slter'.\'c)c)(l's record collection. It could be murder Or it could sound like this a biac K as right slice of electrOnica that vibrates \\’itll genius.

Zan Lyons' dense orchestratons lll‘lllt‘d' key melodies that are disturbingly l?l)[)€(l apart by speaker-shaking drum 8. bass- are SO remarkably dark and st ary they Will take yOur breath assay Aphex Twin and Tricky are touchstones but not ldols, this is a One-off 'Suic icle' \‘~.’|ll make you shit your pants, Desolute" ‘.‘.'lll have you lighting every candle in the house and by the time y0u get to the truly remarkable 'Warring lac trons', you tsuli be weeping. A major work Bring on the darkness. (Paul Dale)

Various Artists Twice as Nice (Warner) fr it it

Britain's premier RBth club’s obligatory mix CD claims to encapsulate the story so far for UK garage and RBB,’ Thus Twice as Nice features both spanking new tracks as well as those that are a little more yellow rOund the edges A helping of stern hip hop lS also an ingredient in the mix

As you WOuld expect, all the big nanees of the moment, the likes o‘ Craig Daytd, Shola Ama, Busta Rhymes and stguo are hauled in, presumably to give pop pickers a peg on which to hang this compilation The heavyweights rub Shoulders With little knott'i) art.sts who offer more cheesy, (l(?ll\.’al.‘/(‘ numbers A bit of a mixed bag. (Dawn Kofiei

Armand Van Helden Killing Puritans (FFrr) a a fi. it

The follow-up to his c iitically acclaimed album 2Fritr/I‘t.>/1l/, the Manhattan Mauler bounces bac k from ropey remixes to testify that house can be hardcore, it car‘. even be punk. Noticeably toughened by his recent soondc lash bouts ‘Nlili latboy Slim, Van Helden has sourced early hOuse, hip hop, 80s synth and even heavy metal to come out fight;i.g with this new strain of headliuit

house. Mighty fierce on 'Watch Your Back' and ’l ittle Black Spiders’, the first single ’Koochy' gives Gary Numan's ‘Cars' an electro house injection and 'Hybrid/ features the rhyming bravado of Junior Sanchez. Don't let the funked-up hip hop intro oi the old skool breaks of 'Bi'eakdanceis Call' fool you, 'cause this album is really quite hard. (Catherine Bionileyl

HIP HOP Mike Ladd

Welcome To The Afterfuture (Ozone) it: at ‘3: it: All, the year 2000 that Will be the year hip hop comes of age, Dr Dre Will be the Biagadt-ie General and Eminem Will be classeu as serninal (iods preserve us. Mike ladcl 2s Indeed a tender mercy {acid s a Nuns York poet and rapper whose r-ataial iineage is more Gil Scott lleron thai ltipac, more last Poets than PtilJllt Enemy lnis is Ladd’s second aliii.in and it's little short of brilliant Cerebral hip hop that walks the walk is rare enough but to have some of the phatest breaks sealing the whole thing is astonishing Buy this album because it is better than any of us deserve. (Paul Dare)

Only Child

Satellites And Constellations (Grand Central) it at

Grand Central may be home to UK hip hop's ubei-tool but save the genuflections ‘l've Got A Right' is a promising start, a Sarah Vaughn vocal sampled in homage to the heart of rock and soul, but this is as close as Sate/lites Arid Constellations comes to the spir:tual or sexual. It's truly a dull affair, sziuChic. ltiiik sessions competing With a slit kness of production best left to the worst Ill swing—beat blandness. One would think ’When 6 Loves 9' might suggest some libido, but even Marvrn Gaye would have trouble encouraging this somnainbulistic little number to get up, get up, get up (Rodger Evans)

FUNK/WORLD Various Artists

Afiic'a Funk: Return to the Original Sound of 19703 Funky Africa (Harmless Recordings) 1: t t k t

In l‘Jb8 James Brown toured West Africa and brought consciousness- raising funk music to a new hungry audience lhe next year, Fela Ktiti, the Nigerianhorn Ja/x musician and founding father of ’Afi'o-beat' toured the States With his band

Hanin Elias is singled out as an expert electro techno terrorist

Koola Lobitos and during stays in los Angeles experienced a political awakening. This album is the product of the brief but fertile moment of cross pollination between two vital musical traditions spiced with the power of late 60s political radicalism. But it’s not the historical significance of this album that makes it of such importance. This muSIc: is as alive With all the fun and the passion it possessed on the day it was made Excellent. (Tim Abrahams)


Michel Camilo and Tomatito

Spain (Lola Records) it it it

Lola Records is a new label latlllc hed by film director Fernando Trueba (wzth distribution from Verve) This disc ht'iigs together the Dominican Jaz/ pianist Michel Camilo (who Will feature in the Glasgow Jazz Festival in July) and the Spanish flamenco guitarist Tomatito in a highly compatible duo, With Chick Corea’s classic 'Spain' serving as an elegant gateway into an album which explores the interface between genres (jazz, Latin, flamenco, classical) in impressive fashion Both players are virtuoso performers on their instruments, and prove highly adept at finding space in a dialogue which could easily have been cluttered, given the nature of those instruments.

(Kenny Mathieson)

Joe Locke Beauty Burning (Sirocco Jazz) it t it: I:

The New York-based vrbes player Joe Locke has been a favourite in Scotland ever srnce drummer Bill Kyle farst brought him over in the mid-80s. Then a relatively unknown name, he has developed into one of the leading practitioners of the instrument in Jazz, and this polished album provrdes a showcase for the range of his talents, from gorgeous ballads and lithe mid- tempo strolls to the high-octane complexrties of ’Rasputainian Dance' His collaborators, pianist Frank Kimborough and a great rhythm team of Ray Drumrnond and Jeff ‘Tain' Watts, are all top drawer New York leaders in their own right, while Paul Bollenback adds gunar on three cuts.

(Kenny Mathieson)


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record reviews MUSIC

Dance Singles Round Up

It's always good to see the locals do well, so it's nc) surprise Yush Vs Beatfreekz is the work of among others, A J and Joseph Malil. of Blacka’ni/ed fame lheir four—track ’Yush 2K EF” is filled with storming iitstr'iiitxental hip hop played for funk and 60s S()tlll(lll'(li’l~ kic ks. Essential. (Yt.isli *ivktin Lgaaily pleasing is Quinn's latest platter ‘lhe Next Time' (White label *‘kt‘k *l where the one—time llardliody lrrint«.'.oinari goes for a hill on lil",i ioiis : huth house moment, looped ‘.\llll her unique V()r .il llllt‘ and replete ‘.‘.«’llll a clutcn of defer table it"lllT-t'S This has huge hit \‘~.’l'lll('ll all oxei it ‘.‘.lll‘. big felt pens and c iayciri. lop stuff

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