- 21 Sep 02
The end result is an album that is a music collector's wet dream, with enough mouth-watering partnerships to keep most music fans happy
It says Collaborations on the CD case and collaborations are exactly what you get inside, as some of the finest Irish independent artists from the rock spectrum team up with their dance contemporaries. The end result is an album that is a music collector’s wet dream, with enough mouth-watering partnerships to keep most music fans happy.
Juliet Turner belies her girl-next-door image, thanks to Razor’s scratchy hip-hop beats and lyrics like “Lick the salt from my face with your rough lion’s tongue”. Decal don’t change that much of Sack’s ‘Adventura Majestica’, subscribing to the old ‘if it ain’t broke’ theory, merely adding a few menacing keyboard effects and echoey vocals to the fray. Likewise, Jimmy Behan seems a graduate of the ‘less is more’ school of remixes, barely manipulating Nina Hynes’ already brilliant ‘Tenderness’. On the other hand, Paul O’Donoghue’s mix-work gives a sense of immediacy to Kila’s bittersweet ‘Cardinal Knowledge’, where past and present collide in a seamless blend of liquid basslines and traditional flowlines.
‘Cabassa’, by Glen Hansard and Deacy, is one of the more unusual offerings, the Frames man sounding uncharacteristically muted over a slow, hypnotic backbeat that’s been singed by the swirls of the middle-east: the ultimate slow-mover, this one takes a while to work its willowy charms on your ears.