Last Century Modern

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Barnes & Noble - David J. Prince
As Jungle DJ Towa Towa, a founding member of the chart-topping dance music trio Deee-Lite, the Tokyo-born producer/programmer Towa Tei was an architect of the 1990 crossover hit "Groove Is in the Heart." His presence in the group diminished on their second album, INFINITY WITHIN, and by the time their final record was released, he'd dropped out entirely. But with the 1995 release of his solo debut, FUTURE LISTENING, Tei proved a successful artist in his own right, delivering the dance-floor smash "Luv Connection." His second album, 1998's SOUND MUSEUM, featured the Grammy-nominated track "Happy." LAST CENTURY MODERN finds him again exploring the middle ground between...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David J. Prince
As Jungle DJ Towa Towa, a founding member of the chart-topping dance music trio Deee-Lite, the Tokyo-born producer/programmer Towa Tei was an architect of the 1990 crossover hit "Groove Is in the Heart." His presence in the group diminished on their second album, INFINITY WITHIN, and by the time their final record was released, he'd dropped out entirely. But with the 1995 release of his solo debut, FUTURE LISTENING, Tei proved a successful artist in his own right, delivering the dance-floor smash "Luv Connection." His second album, 1998's SOUND MUSEUM, featured the Grammy-nominated track "Happy." LAST CENTURY MODERN finds him again exploring the middle ground between bossa nova beats, lounge chic, and dance tunes, with a healthy dose of drum 'n' bass thrown in the mix. The results are pleasant, if lightweight. The album's greatest strengths come from Tei's impressive collection of collaborators, including jungle pioneer Jumpin' Jack Frost, Japanese hipster Cornelius, French vocal duo Les Nubians, and jazz trumpeter Tom Browne.
All Music Guide - Ted Mills
Towa Tei's third album returns to the eclecticism of his first, with bossa nova lounge "A Ring", drum'n'bass soul "Angel," "Butterfly", Ryuichi Sakamoto-like ethnic forgery "Stretch Building Bamboo", and silly sampladelic house "Congratulations!," which samples somebody saying "The finest turntable in the world" until the all the words become meaningless. Once again, Tei assembles an impressive roster of guest musicians and gleefully watches what happens when they meet. Japanese chanteuse UA, accordionist Coba, and the Balanescu Quartet open the album with the sophisticated title track. Elsewhere on the CD, Pascale Borel, Les Nubians, and Chara add vocals, and two thirds of YMO, Harry Hosono, and Yukihiro Takahashi turn up as well. The album is also surprisingly short, and the stronger for it. The American release adds remixes of "Butterfly" and "Let Me Know" by Cornelius and Mighty Bop, respectively.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Atlantic Uk
  • UPC: 685738296224
  • Catalog Number: 382962

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Last Century Modern (2:49)
  2. 2 A Ring - Pascale Borel (3:08)
  3. 3 Angel - Viv (4:56)
  4. 4 Butterfly - Ayumi Tanabe (4:05)
  5. 5 Contact - Die (8:11)
  6. 6 Chatr (2:32)
  7. 7 Stretch Building Bamboo (2:55)
  8. 8 Congratulations (4:48)
  9. 9 Funkin' for Jamaica - Wizdom Life (4:54)
  10. 10 Let Me Know (4:11)
  11. 11 LCM - Himawari Kids (1:48)
  12. 12 Let Me Know (5:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Towa Tei Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Tom Browne Trumpet
Terry Burrus Piano, fender rhodes
Cory Daye Vocals
Balanescu Quartet Strings
Harry "Haruomi" Hosono Electric Bass
Romero Lubambo Acoustic Guitar
Joanne Vocals
Les Nubians Vocals
UA Vocals
Yasuaki Shimizu Soprano Saxophone
Louis Philippe Vocals
Tomoyuki Asakawa Harp
Hiroshi Takano Electric Guitar
Gene Perez Electric Bass
Gemi Taylor Electric Guitar
Chara Vocals
Wizdom Life Rap
Coba Accordion
Pascale Borel Track Performer
Ayumi Tanabe Track Performer
Viv Track Performer
Technical Credits
Balanescu Quartet String Arrangements
Fernando Aponte Engineer
Dave Darlington Engineer
Ayumi Obinata Arranger, drum programming
Towa Tei Composer, Programming, Liner Notes, drum programming, Art Direction, MIDI
The Mighty Bop Arranger, Programming, Remixing
Julian Wheatley Engineer
Stuart Hawkes Mastering
Tadashi Matsuda Engineer
Sam Nagashima Executive Producer
Kahimi Karie translation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE FINEST TOWA TEI IN THE WORLD.

    This is easily one of my favorite CDs of all time. It's just so gorgeous. And classy. And everything. It's got latin, classical, ethnic, jazz, and electronic and such. The guest singers are wonderful as well. CHATR and Angel (two of my favorite songs from this CD) even make some creative use of some wacky Japanese speech synthesis technology. I can't explain much more about the allure of this CD, it simply has to be heard. Guffypup highly recommends it.

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