Talkin' Loud 2010

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To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Gilles Peterson’s former label Talkin’ Loud, the Japanese Market gets to see two new compilations. The first, Best Of Talkin’ Loud Records, gives an overview of what the label stood for. Tracks included come from the likes of Young Disciples, 4hero, United Future Organization, Galliano, MJ Cole, Omar, Terry Callier, Innerzone Orchestra and so forth.

Talkin’ Loud 2010 is the second compilation, which features tracks selected by U.F.O.’s Toshio Matsuura. Though it might look like it, this CD is not a DJ-mix01. Terry Callier – Love Theme From Spartacus (Zero 7 Remix)
02. Galliano – Slack Hands (Aphex Mix)
03. Courtney Pine – Tryin Times (Headstrong Vocal Mix)
04. Young Disciples – Freedom (Free For All Mix)
05. MJ Cole – Strung Out
06. Inner Zone Orchestra – At Les
07. United Future Organization – Stolen Moments
08. 4hero – Blank Cells
09. Nuyorican Soul – The Nervous Track
10. Incognito – Jacob’s Ladder
11. Roni Size Reprazent – Brown Paper Bag (Photek Remix)
12. United Future Organization – The Planet Plan (Yellow Productions Mix)
Both CDs are available from HMV Japan, though they should find their way to some European and U.S. retailers as well. From my experience, ordering from Japan can be slightly cheaper with an even quicker delivery.

Innerzone Orchestra – Programmed

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As second review in classic reviews I picked Carl Craig’s Innerzone Orchestra album. Craig recorded this album alongside Francisco Mora, percussionist for Sun Ra’s Orchestra, Craig Taborn and saxophist Matt Chicoine, better known as the tape-in-sandwich dropping Recloose. The ensemble’s first effort, Bug in the Bassbin was picked up by the early London drum’n’bass scene around Goldie and 4hero. In Europe the record was reissued by James Lavelle’s Mo Wax label and sported remixes from 4hero and Peshay. For the recording of an entire album, Detroit fellows Paul Randolph and Richie Hawtin joined the ensemble.

“Futuristic is something that I always viewed as being 21st century. Now that there are only months left until the new millennium, it’s pretty difficult to invision what will be futuristic. As far as I’m concerned, we will be living in the future very soon.” -Carl Craig

The album resembles a classically performed, electronic sounding piece of work, offering its listeners different interpretations of how future might sound. The experiment begins with an amusing voice-message, that confuses the listener’s ideas of where the journey is going. It by voices blends into passages of voices speaking in different languages and an introduction by Carl Craig himself. Eruption raises the tension with ever-running drum-rolls and dark synthesizer sounds, just to finally erupt with the start of the third track, The Beginning Of The End, a dark mooded electronic hip hop track.

The following tracks drag you into different directions, not yet being sure what the record should sound like. This passage shares the beat-patterns with nineties trip-hop, hip hop, drum’n’bass, even bigbeat. It’s with the tune Blakula, when the more glorious second half of the album starts. Melancholic strings, not sure if I can hear oriental flavours in it, and deep synths playing underwater bells. The huge single People Make The World Go Round (original by The Stylistics) has Detroit’s very own Paul Randolph on vocals and guitar (there’s a J Dilla remix, too). Over the next few tracks, the jazz portion dominates the electrics, paving the way to the grand finale of At Les (this is the live-recording from Paris) and the previously mention Bug In The Bassbin.

In retrospective one can say Innerzone Orchestra had huge influence on many different styles, be it the early drum’n’bass scene, and even more importantly the West London broken beat scene! Carl Craig repeated the concept on Detroit Experiment and is currently working on an album with classic Detroit jazz outfit Tribe.