Formed as a collaborative project that includes dEUS frontman Tom Barman, TaxiWars return for the first time in three years with third studio album Artificial Horizon. A subtle evolution in terms of scope, this time around the production is clearer and more focussed on groove and rhythm, while still keeping the jazzy elements that attracted fans to them before.
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Apparently ‘Artificial Horizon’ is already that difficult third album from Belgian jazzers TaxiWars. The saxophone guy in the band is Robin Verheyen and he’s good; the vocalist is Tom Barman and he is also the frontman in dEUS. It’s an album with jazzy beats and smoky atmospheres, and it reminds me a lot of a fair slice of 90s trip hop which were the output of labels like Mo' Wax and Ninja Tune at the time, plus Red Snapper (who were on Warp, of course).
That chunky acoustic big bass sound in particular, in combination with the drums and sax, is reminiscent of the Snapper sound (‘Infinity Cove’, ‘Safety In Numbers’, actually pretty much throughout the LP). Barman on vocals has a penchant for slipping into a curious mid-Atlantic accent, as well as a few too many husky forays into rap; on this record at least he calls to mind a less cool Huey Morgan...
Anyway it’s a good record and all the jazz bits are really nice.
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