nicholas (nick) hamnett
Outside of my comfort zone, I bought this album for the track by the Sorcerers and the one by Blay Ambolley.Tempting though it is to say the album as a whole is just 'Some Music', I will refrain from such facetiousness, and hope, rather, that the other tracks grow on me.
Bongos do sound nice through my B and O speakers, and there's plenty of that.There's a fair amount of clickety click, too, and synth noises.Makes me feel all digital, innit? And, mind you, we all probably soon will be; little terminators; or rather cyborgs. As who wants to faff about with record decks, or even mobile phones, when a simple chip in the ear will save you all that? I'm hoping for a Wiki Chip myself so I can know everything in the world there is to know without doing a lick.
Seriously, it's growing on me. Except for some of the more repetitive (-tive-tive-tive!) elements on certain tracks which make me want to drive my head into a wall, and that throbbing bass! Boom-boom
-boom-boom music, as my dear mother rightly calls it.Maybe if I was twenty something and brainlessly wanting to show off the size of my car engine, I'd like it more.
There are just some musical styles you couldn't indoctrinate me into (Hip-hop, Reggae, Death Metal...
Yodling).They tried indoctrination at my uni with Postmodernism etc; teaching us how to trash the world's great books with our neo-Puritan red pens, but when I left The Programme, I started to think for myself again.
For me to like a mix at all, it has to be a good marriage between mixer and original artist, not simply a matter of slapping on the aforementioned mind-numbing boom-bass and all the other digital trickery.Which is why I do so love the Gyedu Blay Ambolley track. There, he floats on the wonders of technology, not simply drowns in it - wow! Thumbs up too for 'Tito To' 'Dekander' and, yes: 'I Don't Like It, I Don't Hate It.' (I do wonder how Townes Van Zandt would sound with a bit of boom-boom-boom and some clikety click?)
NB: Not a soundtrack for Brexiteers, or Xenophobes, they're probably better off waiting for a Language Chip (shop).
Favorite track: Walk For Ground (Aldubb Remix).