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Swap Meet Seers

by dissent
 
As hip-hop becomes the universal catch phrase for anything with drums (and even some music without drums), this exceptionally large San Francisco group -- led by composer/multi-instrumentalist Greg Howe and featuring any and all combinations of 12 drummers, hitters, string players, horn blowers, and computer programmers -- is insistent on

Overview

As hip-hop becomes the universal catch phrase for anything with drums (and even some music without drums), this exceptionally large San Francisco group -- led by composer/multi-instrumentalist Greg Howe and featuring any and all combinations of 12 drummers, hitters, string players, horn blowers, and computer programmers -- is insistent on pushing the hip-hop definition as far as possible. The dark and moody film soundtrack style of "Coming of Wage"? Hip-hop. The hyperactive jazz break and horn skronk of "Off-Kilter"? Hip-hop. The slow-dancing French coo of vocalist Nathalie Sanchez on "Je Me Souviens"? Yup, you guessed it, hip-hop. Truth is, this album isn't that horribly different than what U.K. labels like Mo' Wax and Ninja Tune have been insisting is hip-hop for a decade, only someone finally has the gall to call it such without some quirky "trip-hop" tag. One guesses the main point is that you can envision some adventurous hip-hop DJ cutting on any one of these dozen selections between some Jay-Z pomp or Lil Jon crunk. Or, at least it sure would be nice if some DJ out there would do just that. Hip-hop used to mean one thing; now it means all things. Some fear that might dilute the cause. But if more "hip-hop" sounded like dissent, the movement would be stronger than ever.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2004
Label:
Wide Hive Records
UPC:
0698873026328
catalogNumber:
263

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

dissent   Primary Artist
Marsha Gonick   Viola
Tim Hyland   Trumpet
Matt Montgomery   Bass,Bass Guitar,Standup Bass
Mike Rinta   Trombone
Matt Henry Cunitz   Synthesizer,Mellotron,fender rhodes,Claviola
Gregory Howe   Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Moog Synthesizer,Loops
Nathalie Sanchez   Vocals
Dayna Stephens   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Margo Adams   Violin
Chris Krotky   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Matt Montgomery   Composer
Matt Henry Cunitz   Orchestration
Gregory Howe   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Nathalie Sanchez   Composer

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