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Their last album was bloody brilliant so we have high hopes for this one too. Their sound is a laid back easy listening take on exotica and Dilla ish sampledelia. Here they are inspired by the sounds of 50 years worth of nature documentaries which sounds a perfect fit for their lovely brand of gentle cut up lounge music.  

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  • GRR053LP / Yellow coloured vinyl LP on Gold Robot Records
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Flowering Jungle by Monster Rally
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 01 February 2018

The last Monster Rally 'Mystery Cove' was the kind of album you could put on whilst sitting on the verge of tears in a concrete hellhole and still be taken away to a warm summery place where your only worry is about which size pina colada to have. 

It turns out that it wasn't a one off, all Monster Rally records are like this. They take bits of old exotica and easy listening records, add a dash of Hawaiian sunshine and put some laid back beats over the top and hey presto  - you are on the beach. 'Flowering Jungle' doesn't stray much from this wonderful path, it is inspired by nature documentaries about exotic landscapes, the call of the jungle.  

The album is so laid back it might as well be asleep on a hammock. Each track is a mini symphony of beautiful sounds looped in that slightly off kilter Dilla way. Vaqueros De La Isla is the album's first moment of perfection  - island guitars rub up against simple beats and simply spin round a few times then it's gone. It's so damn easy on the ears, the way ancient scratchy Hawaiian music is looped on tracks like  Lights From Lahaina  is just utterly exquisite. Fans of Dilla, Madlib, Bibio, Sela  will love this as will those who likes Onra's 'Chinoiseries' series. As will old people who used to buy Hawaiian music. My grandma would have liked it. 'Lovely music' she'd have said and she wouldn't have been wrong. 

The album is summed up by it's closing track 'Let's Go Faraway'. C'mon let's leave this place. With Monster Rally on the stereo let's head to Aloha. I've seen enough concrete for one lifetime.  


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