Last Century Modern

Last Century Modern

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by Towa Tei
     
 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596252829
catalogNumber:
62528

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Towa Tei   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
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
Mighty Bop   Arranger,Programming,Remixing
Julian Wheatley   Engineer
Tadashi Matsuda   Engineer
Sam Nagashima   Executive Producer
Kahimi Karie   translation

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Last Century Modern 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.