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1 review »I thought these girls had split up! Apparently not, although this is their first album since the late '90s. You wouldn't know it to listen, though, with the Tokyo-via-New York duo picking up where they left off with their disarming hybrid pop which takes in everything from hip-hop, soul, Latin, jazz, dub, big beat, drum'n'bass...precisely the kind of record it's impossible to write sufficient deta ... »

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Hotel Valentine by Cibo Matto
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 06 February 2014

I thought these girls had split up! Apparently not, although this is their first album since the late '90s. You wouldn't know it to listen, though, with the Tokyo-via-New York duo picking up where they left off with their disarming hybrid pop which takes in everything from hip-hop, soul, Latin, jazz, dub, big beat, drum'n'bass...precisely the kind of record it's impossible to write sufficient detail about in the amount of time and words I have available to do so. The beats clatter and groove, never uncluttered, rushing from style to style while brass parps and screams and sexy vocals croon and whisper and rap.

It's at that cusp between pop album and arty production masterclass in a way which reminds me of Cornelius's 'Fantasma' crossed with Deerhoof; surprisingly warm, dynamic and likeable considering the schizophrenic genre-jumping and futuristic weirdness which could just as easily sent them down a black hole of 'Centipede Hz' irritation.

It's been a long time, but this duo seem as comfortable in their sound as they ever were.


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