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Genetic World
     

Genetic World

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by Télépopmusik
 

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It kicks off with the hypnotic single "Breathe" -- which ensnared many a couch potato as the soundtrack to a Mitsubishi Outlander TV ad -- but there's surprising depth to the debut of French electronic trio Télépopmusik. Joining live instrumentation with programmed synths and hip-hop flourishes, the group have crafted a smart, fresh-sounding disc that, like albums

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It kicks off with the hypnotic single "Breathe" -- which ensnared many a couch potato as the soundtrack to a Mitsubishi Outlander TV ad -- but there's surprising depth to the debut of French electronic trio Télépopmusik. Joining live instrumentation with programmed synths and hip-hop flourishes, the group have crafted a smart, fresh-sounding disc that, like albums from Air and Zero 7, makes something much more than sonic wallpaper out of au courant boutique sonics. Several tracks on Genetic World benefit from the vocals of Scottish singer Angela McCluskey (of folk-rockers the Wild Colonials), whose breathy yet soulful voice conjures a more relaxed Beth Gibbons (of Portishead fame). That's her cooing atop "Breathe" 's bubbling beats, but that's also her with a bluesy, Billie Holiday lilt on the string-filled "Yesterday Was a Lie" and suggesting Rickie Lee Jones over a Björk-styled backdrop on "Smile." Elsewhere, Télépopmusik mix things up on "Da Hoola," which marries synth-pop to hip-hop with raps from Soda-Pop (a.k.a. the Dirty Beatniks' Mau) bumping alongside chunky rock guitar chords. "Let's Go Again" features snarling vocals from Peaches and Chilly Gonzales atop a jazzy bass line, live drums, and burbling synths, all nodding to A Tribe Called Quest's early explorations. The French boys also update Kraftwerk's stark synths and vocoder-ized vocals on the scratch-filled title track and the house-leaning "Dance Me." With Genetic World's Petri dish of Euro dance strains, Télépopmusik add to the exciting mutations occurring on the fringes of dance-pop culture.

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All Music Guide - Tom Semioli
This debut outing by French techno craftsmen Fabrice Dumont, Stephan Haeri, and Christophe Hetier is a lounge lizard's idea of heaven. Among the many intriguing elements stitched between the subtle dance beats are sultry female spoken-word snippets and seductive melodies provided by Peaches and Chilly Gonzales and gravel-voiced Scottish chanteuse Angela McCluskey of Wild Colonials. The overall vibe is predominantly mellow and the arrangements ooze sophistication via jazz chord voicings, an occasional upright bass sample, and odd time signatures. Cuts such as "Dance Me" will please the hardcore disco set and "Da Hoopla," featuring guest vocalist Soda Pop of Dirty Beatniks, emerges an obvious nod to the hip-hop nation. "Let's Go Again" melds acid jazz and acid rock with a repetitive bass motif, distorted guitar riffing, and groovy sound blasts, culminating with muted trumpet licks (is that you, Miles Davis?) on the coda. Genetic World contains a little something for every music fan, which, in this case, is a good thing.
Urb
Genetic World finds Telepopmusik vying with Zero 7 and Naomi as the next legendary collective. [7]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0724353865726
catalogNumber:
386574

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