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9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 30 October 2013
Here’s the third volume of Luke Vibert’s plundering of the Bruton Music vault, a library music company formed in 1977 by KPM’s Robin Phillips which moved away from neoclassical compositions to more synthesizer-heavy pieces says the press release.
A most superb collection it is too, filled with cool cosmic disco-funk atmospherics and chirruping electronic experimentation from the likes of Alan Hackshaw, Francis Monkman, Brian Bennett and Trevor Bastow. The quality of the pieces is consistently life-affirming as you rush through neoclassical funk fusion, multitracked a capella expansiveness, driving electro replete with synth stabs and high-tension spy movie sass.
Monkman’s bleepy ‘New Technology’, the atmospheric moog-heavy disco shuffle ‘Making the Action’ and the Goblin-esque chorus-laden horror-funk bass trudge of Lee Hurdle and Frank Ricotti’s ‘Dank’ are immediate stand-outs on a first listen through but this album is packed full of wonderfully playful late ‘70s library funk impeccably selected and sequenced. Heartily recommended.
8/10 BunnyRabbit Customer review, 4th November 2013
I'm deciding whether to buy this when I realise it's got 'Think Big' by Francis Monkman on it. Listeners of a certain age may remember that the late Ludovic Kennedy fronted a TV review show called ‘Did You See?’ which took this as its jaunty, yet driving theme. I've been debating whether to get the original Bruton library record ever since I learned of its provenance but never did. Monkman is a classically trained harpsichordist (no, wait! Stick around) and you get the benefit of his electric harpsichord here underscoring the melodious synth work up top and tight rhythm section underneath (possibly supplied by cohorts from dad favourites Sky). Monkman's the boss (The Long Good Friday needs a vinyl reissue!) so that's that sorted.
This compilation of finds all come from the Bruton Music Library which is long overdue a bit of curation. I once found a huge stash of their mid-80s records in a skip just off Charing Cross road. A barely believable occurrence now, but it happened to me. None of the discs I made off with were up to the standard on offer here and I ponder to this day what wonders were left behind and now lie crushed between layers of concrete rumble. Perhaps treats like 'Scratch City', a kind of Electro inspired drum machine demo-setting, if such things were programmed by Herbie Hancock. Or the Steve Miller Band's 'Fly like an eagle' sound-a-like 'Freshman'. Library stalwarts such as Alan Hawkshaw and fellow Shadow Brian Bennett get their funk on or poke around with the synth technology of the day, to pleasing effect. The collection runs the gamut in fact; from the warm, lens-flared, rolling-skating through LAX in rainbow knee-socks past Farrah Fawcett, 70's; to cool, dry, bursts of electro to accompany Fred Harris, standing in front of some graph paper, demonstrating vector graphics on some ill-fated 8-bit 'micro-computer', 80s. Quirky, free-wheeling, 'very much of its time' library record fare then, but selected from the top drawer.
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