Permutation

Permutation

by Amon Tobin
     
 

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A mind-bogglingly brilliant affair, Permutation combines liberal sprinklings of jazz with wigged-out interpretations of drum 'n' bass. From the first track, "Like Regular Chickens," Tobin asserts from which side of the genius divide he's coming: An atmospheric film score arrangement sits astride a knowing organ riff bordered by an (ele)mental drum break. On theSee more details below

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A mind-bogglingly brilliant affair, Permutation combines liberal sprinklings of jazz with wigged-out interpretations of drum 'n' bass. From the first track, "Like Regular Chickens," Tobin asserts from which side of the genius divide he's coming: An atmospheric film score arrangement sits astride a knowing organ riff bordered by an (ele)mental drum break. On the rest of the album, "Bridge" features a big, open drum pattern that references Dave Brubeck in his Countdown to Outer Space days; "Sordid" begins with pervading, slow-tempo strings that sound like the theme to a mystery then give way to a manic organ riff kept in line only by a sane and simple beat; and "Nightlife" features a classical hook Tchaikovsky might have considered for "Swan Lake." In Tobin's case, throwing together disparate musical elements surely hit upon the right Permutation.

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All Music Guide - John Bush
While the great majority of jazz-junglists look no farther back than the mid-'60s for inspiration (and samples), Tobin took his bag of tricks back into the swing era to come up with more (and more interesting) variations on the form than most anyone else. More Buddy Rich than Roy Ayers, Permutation sees leagues of different drum samples -- all of them found sounds-- with nary an Amen or Apache break in sight. From the detuned vibes and piano loops that drive the opener "Like Regular Chickens" to the Disney-on-acid "Nightlife," Tobin proves himself one of the ablest producers around. As on most indie-junglists' LPs, there are a couple of notable darkside tracks ("Reanimator," "Escape," "People Like Frank") but even here he shows himself superior to contemporaries like µ-Ziq. As the title suggests, Permutation is an incredibly varied ride.

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Release Date:
06/12/1998
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5021392169187
catalogNumber:
36
Rank:
95675

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