zero dB - Bongos, Bleeps & Basslines 12 inch
zero dB - Bongos, Bleeps & Basslines
(12") Ninja Tune ZEN12180/ZENDLS180, 2006-03-10
01. Bongos, Bleeps & Basslines
02. Know What I'm Sayin' (feat. Pase Rock)
Since they started properly working together some 6 years ago, Chris Vogado and Neil Combstock aka zero dB have been concocting a provocative, innovative and addictive brew of hard jazz, electro, latin, hip hop and house, laced throughout with their now signature dirty, heavy basslines.
After releasing their early records on Vogado’s own Fluid Ounce label, zero dB are now signed to Ninja Tune and ready to step it up, with their debut album, “Bongos, Bleeps and Basslines” scheduled for release in Summer. Their main starting point is usually jazz, but they dip into a multitude of different influences and work with talented musicians and vocalists to create a track. In contrast to the general climate of somewhat old, tired, formulaic and unmemorable dance music, zero dB’s meticulous production forces their audiences to discover previously undeveloped musical places.
Never has this been more clearly shown, than on this eponymous taster for the forthcoming longplayer. “Bongos, Bleeps & Basslines” eschews the usual “nice” factor inherent in all things proto-jazzy, taking the music’s rhythmic drive and harnessing it to earth-rumbling bass noises and enough squelching and bleeping to fill a large aerodrome with monged out ravers. “Know What I’m Sayin’” starts from a similar place, but heads in a slower, more hip hop-influenced direction, verbals being beautifully delivered by Pase Rock, sometime member of Five Deez and now regular Spank Rock collaborator. The result is hard-edged and exhilarating, a tune which is destined never to end up on the Starbucks stereo. Not least because it would blow up the woofers.