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Coldcut – Sound Mirrors



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Coldcut – Sound Mirrors
(2xLP/CD/2xCDltd) Ninja Tune ZEN115/ZENCD115/ZENCD115X, 2006-01-30

2xLP Tracklisting :
01 True Skool
02 Walk A Mile In My Shoes
03 Man In A Garage
04 Just For The Kick
05 Mr Nichols
06 A Whistle And A Prayer
07 Everything Is Under Control
08 Boogieman
09 Aid Dealer
10 This Island Earth
11 Colours The Soul
12 Sound Mirrors

CD Tracklisting :
01 Man In A Garage
02 True Skool
03 Just For The Kick
04 Walk A Mile In My Shoes
05 Mr Nichols
06 A Whistle And A Prayer
07 Everything Is Under Control
08 Boogieman
09 Aid Dealer
10 This Island Earth
11 Colours The Soul
12 Sound Mirrors

2xCD Tracklisting Disc1:
01 Man In A Garage
02 True Skool
03 Just For The Kick
04 Walk A Mile In My Shoes
05 Mr Nichols
06 A Whistle And A Prayer
07 Everything Is Under Control
08 Boogieman
09 Aid Dealer
10 This Island Earth
11 Colours The Soul
12 Sound Mirrors
Disc2:
01 Beats And Pieces
02 Paid In Full - Eric B & Rakim
03 Stop This Crazy Thing
04 Autumn Leaves
05 Everything Is Under Control

Listen to 'Everything Is Under Control' :
Real Audio | Windows Media Audio
Watch 'Everything Is Under Control' video :
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Audio and video links provided in conjunction with Ninja Tune - ninjatune.net

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Middle scan of booklet is missing during impossible scanning the siluet popup of coldcut caracters.

2xLP Artwork


Press release :
Let's just say it right at the start. In "Sound Mirrors" Coldcut have made the best album of their long and illustrious career. It's not something you can state lightly, but there you are. Their production has never sounded better, their ideas have never been more various or interesting, they've never had such a great cast of guests and then integrated them into their sound so well. Yes, it's a record that is deeper, funkier, cleverer, more engaged and more engaging than anything they've done before. And, it follows from that, it's deeper, funkier and cleverer than just about anything else around right now.

Opening up with lead-off single "Everything Is Under Control," Jon More and Matt Black quickly set out their stall. With guests Jon Spencer (of "Blues Explosion" fame) and rapper Mike Ladd rev up a chugging hip hop rock template that nods back to classics like "Beats & Pieces" while giving them a raucous, contemporary edge. But, in fact, this is little more than a starting point.

"True Skool" features Roots Manuva on some post-Bangles, instant pop dancehall classic business that will echo round your cranium for months. The Rootical one, a man who has held the "Godfathers" in the greatest esteem since joining the Ninja/Big Dada camp back in '98, drops a heavyweight performance, obviously revelling in Coldcut's grasp of the interface between the classic and the bubblegum.

"Man In A Garage" sees John Matthias give a beautiful, low key, folk-edged performance while Coldcut hook up a rhythm that wouldn't sound out of place on an Aaliyah record. Once again, it's a tune which gives a big clue as to what "Sound Mirrors" is all about – the combination of great song writing with contemporary production smarts, the result an aching, melancholy glitch-blues.

"Walk A Mile" features the legendary Robert Owens on an epic, building, hands in the air, push-up-ya-lighters tune that (whisper it) perhaps betters Coldcut's legendary "Autumn Leaves". It amply demonstrates the duo's understanding of pop music but also its interface with rave's euphoric sweep. Oh, and they even end up with a little Reichian serialism, in case anyone thinks they've sacrificed the sheer breadth of their vision.

That, though, is just the singles. From hereon in the album continues to broaden and deepen. "Mr Nichols" combines a beautifully subtle piece of music with a superb, deadpan piece of writing from Saul Williams. "Sound Mirrors" is a swirling, psychotic piece of instrumental music which sounds like Tricky's "Maxinquaye" album performed by the London Philharmonic. "Boogieman" continues the bogled-out theme established by "True Skool" but turns it into a stripped down, technoid classic, albeit one featuring the words of legendary Black American poet Amiri Baraka.

The tempo continues to be pushed on "This Island Earth," featuring the hotly-tipped Mpho Skeef, which is immediately followed by another club-class dance number in "Just For The Kick." Lyrics are provided here by Annette Peacock, best known for her work on the leftfield jazz label ECM, but showing here a snarling poise perfectly suited to the music. On "Aid Dealer" sometime saxophonist and Mercury-nominee Soweto Kinch serves up a stinging lyrical attack on the aid industry before former Ninja Andrew Broder aka Fog offers wonky, melancholy lyrics over a faltering kitchen sink orchestra backing on "Whistle And A Prayer". Finally, with perfect poise, "Colours The Soul," with vocal assistance from Dom Spitzer, ends the record with the kind of psychedelic maximalism that shows musicians absolutely confident in themselves and their abilities. It's a beautiful way to close a beautiful album.

At a time of intense musical conservatism it's bracing to find a production team who are still willing to push and to keep pushing but who, in doing so, create inspired, accessible music that transcends genre. This is a record which shows once again that Coldcut acknowledge no boundaries and set themselves no limits and, that in doing so, they create timeless records for whoever is prepared to join them. A moment's reflection should be enough for you to know that it's time to listen.
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Mongoloid Mongoloid ·  19 November 2005, 12:42

Once again Colcuts prove they are in a league of there own.Not only is the music amazing,they actually have something to say.( which alot of musician could learn from).These guys have there fingers in so many pies,i dont think they ever sleep."everything is under control" rocks but of the songs ive heard from the new album I really like "Aid dealer" Feat Soweto Kinch,it kick ass.I must have listened 2 it 20times 2day atleast.Cant wait for "Sound Mirrors".A must have.

Andrew Turner
Auckland
New Zealand

KDBZ KDBZ ·  12 January 2006, 16:34

Cet album est à la hauteur de mes espérances ! un vrai plaisir tout comme votre blog ! mortel !! je v mettre un lien vers votre blog a partir du mien !! Viva Ninja Tune Viva Timec !


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