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- SUM/ONE by BeeDeeGee
Ok, so this is the debut solo record from one half of Gang Gang Dance. It appears on 4AD in their continuing quest to release albums sonically as far away from their original blueprint as humanly possible.
What we have is a pleasantly clever electronic collage, featuring the sort of thick, laid back grooves that will be familiar to anyone who has cocked an ear in the direction of Bonobo. The second track ‘Like Rain Man’ is full to the brim of squelchy synths and ethereal distant vocals (possibly due to smallprint in the 4AD contract). What I like about is that its not too nice, there’s always a rogue discordant sample popping into the mix to save it from getting too wallpaper on our ass.
‘Overlook’ moves along pretty nicely, never really coming to life, lots of 303 style bass, 80s snare hits and some pretty sweet chopped-up voice. There are some vocal guest spots too, Lovefoxxx (CSS) turns up on one track Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) leds his pipes to the wierdly very Hot Chip sounding ‘(F.U.T.D) Time of Waste’.
It's a pleasant enough record but on first listen has not caught alight, relying on clever sampling techniques and snatches of sweet R&B rather than groundbreakingly brilliant tunes.
5/10 Rob Gannon 1st December 2013
"That’s the thing with the cutting edge; in order to remain there you have to keep reinventing yourself because inevitably the horizon keeps shifting."
Read the full review here: http://www.sicmagazine.net/6348/beedeegee-sumone/
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