Supermodified

Supermodified

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by Amon Tobin
     
 

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The London-based electronica label Ninja Tune is blessed with a wonderfully deranged roster of knob-twiddling and fader-flailing oddballs such as Kid Koala, DJ Food, and Coldcut. Jazzy junglist Amon Tobin is no exception to this rule, as his panoramic productions manage to combine a batterySee more details below

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The London-based electronica label Ninja Tune is blessed with a wonderfully deranged roster of knob-twiddling and fader-flailing oddballs such as Kid Koala, DJ Food, and Coldcut. Jazzy junglist Amon Tobin is no exception to this rule, as his panoramic productions manage to combine a battery of organic influences (Brazilian samba, Art Blakey's jazz drumming, symphonic string arrangements) with plenty of electronic ones (drum 'n' bass, ambient hum, trip-hop) into meticulously arranged displays of jaw-dropping sampler skills. The drill-'n'-bass muscle flexing links him to fellow purveyors of IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) such as Squarepusher and µ-ziq, but the richly textured arrangements of strings and horns evoke such master orchestrators as Gil Evans and Lalo Schifrin. So, for every hardcore excursion into the dark-hued world of spastic beats and fuzzed-out bass ("Rhino Jockey," "Golfer vrs. Boxer"), there are equally impressive moments of noir-jazz cool ("Natureland") and swinging organ-funk ("Get Your Snack On").

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Farther away from drum'n'bass and closer to big-beat techno (with a little turntablist mayhem thrown in), Amon Tobin's third album for Ninja Tune breaks out with a devastating opener, "Get Your Snack On." The track turns out to be just one of the highlights on Supermodified, a dense, plunderphonic kaleidoscope of an album with giant, noisy jazz breaks and groovy electronic synthwork. It's got quite a bit of the retro-sounding sampling of Permutation (orchestra strings, jazz combos, groovy psychedelic basslines) along with a wider variety of material, from driving funky-breaks productions ("Four Ton Mantis") and playful cut'n'paste numbers ("Precursor," "Chocolate Lovely"), to darkstep jungle ("Golfer Vrs. Boxer") and surprisingly touching minimalist melancholia ("Slowly," "Deo"). Tobin's again made great strides in his production skills, and the range and greatness of this material serves as proof positive.

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Release Date:
05/16/2000
Label:
Ninja Tune
UPC:
0625978104828
catalogNumber:
48

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