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All Music Guide - K. Ross Hoffman
What makes the Mungolian Jet Set's decadently overstuffed productions so sublimely engrossing -- whether encountered individually, as they initially appeared, in piecemeal fashion, on 12"s and compilations over the past several years, or taken as a fluid whole on this gloriously epic trawl through their remix work to date -- is not simply their bent for inspired, unmitigated lunacy, but the surprisingly artful way they manage to fold their far-reaching, campy, perversely unexpected, and downright goofy musical ideas into cogent and highly nuanced albeit undeniably maximalist compositional structures. Restraint might seem like a foreign concept to these guys -- you can ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - K. Ross Hoffman
What makes the Mungolian Jet Set's decadently overstuffed productions so sublimely engrossing -- whether encountered individually, as they initially appeared, in piecemeal fashion, on 12"s and compilations over the past several years, or taken as a fluid whole on this gloriously epic trawl through their remix work to date -- is not simply their bent for inspired, unmitigated lunacy, but the surprisingly artful way they manage to fold their far-reaching, campy, perversely unexpected, and downright goofy musical ideas into cogent and highly nuanced albeit undeniably maximalist compositional structures. Restraint might seem like a foreign concept to these guys -- you can get a decent inkling of their comedic sensibilities by scanning the track list for grandiose remix titles and nutty monikers "Pizzy Yelliott," the "16th Rebels of Mung" -- but at least they know how to take their time. With a luxurious two hours to fill and track lengths hovering around and sometimes well beyond eight minutes, they've got plenty of it. So it's a good thing they pace themselves, always making sure to establish a sturdy groove generally midtempo, disco-derived 4/4, with generous percussion layering before heading off on their interstellar flights of fancy, and sometimes venturing through silky, synth-flecked space for minutes before introducing any overt oddness, frequently in the form of nearly inevitable, but never predictable vocals, which range from cartoonish to ethereal. There's even a stretch on the first disc which could plausibly be described as subdued, at least in relative terms, what with the dubby downtempo of "Big Smack and Flies," the darkly stirring ethno-lounge of "It Ain't Necessarily Evil," and a somewhat failed, but still glorious stab at minimal techno infused with snatches of contemporary classical on "Madre Epics Part 2." Of course, that's only after the tone-setting ritual incantation of mumbo-jumbo, the slow-building bewilderment of "Creepy" the lone new, non-remix inclusion here, featuring both soothingly lush female harmonies and spooky, quivering, PiL-ish shrieking, and the utterly demented Bob Marley cover "Could You Be Loved" notably this collection's briefest and looniest proper track, shoe-horning electro-funk, patois-pastiche hip-hop, acid house, and more into less than five minutes -- and before the dizzying cosmic heights of their back-to-back Lindstrøm tag teams. Disc two may open with the blissfully beachy "Ocean 0304," but it wanders soon enough into stranger, dancier territory, highlighted by the delightfully absurd "Milano Model," which melds orchestral bombast, accordion gypsy stomp, "Drop It Like It's Hot"-style vocal percussion, and a deliciously wigged-out disco-funk climax. So yes, there's zaniness aplenty to be found here, but there's uncommon beauty as well, perhaps no more so than on the two closing cuts: the relatively straightforward Shortwave Set rework "Glitches 'n Bugs," which in this context feels refreshingly unambitious, marinated in sub-tropical exotica but with the original's pleasantly pedestrian pop choruses left largely untouched, and "Moon Song," a glittery take on the like-minded space-prog outfit They Came from the Stars I Saw Them which serves as one final epic, starry-eyed but resolutely earthbound. These more song-centered offerings, while still a decent distance from conventional, come across as loose, relaxed, and impossibly almost normal after the unbridled sonic extravagance that's come before, making for a fitting homecoming and come-down after an exhilarating, exhaustive, and expertly paced extraterrestrial journey. "Mungolia," wherever it may be good money says it's somewhere in the vicinity of the KLF's Muu-Muu, is a fantastically fascinating spot, a can't-miss destination for all electro/eclecto-phile thrill seekers out there -- and this sumptuous set has got everything you'll need to make the trip.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2013
  • Label: Smalltown Supersound
  • UPC: 600116845825
  • Catalog Number: 158
  • Sales rank: 95,709

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Y Lentokone Mungo (2:05)
  2. 2 Creepy - Tom N Diane (9:28)
  3. 3 Could You Be Loved - Pizzy Yelliott (4:41)
  4. 4 Madreh (Epics, Pt. 2) (7:37)
  5. 5 It Ain't Necessarily Evil (7:38)
  6. 6 Big Smack and Flies - Ronny & Renzo (8:37)
  7. 7 A Blast of Loser (8:20)
  8. 8 Clairevoyage - Mungolian Jet Set's 16th Rebels of Mung (10:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Whatever Keeps Your Daisies N Glory (1:00)
  2. 2 Ocean 0306 - Athana (7:33)
  3. 3 Murky Lambada/Mung's Lambada - Eivind Aarseth (8:25)
  4. 4 Milano Model: A Thrilling Mungophony in Two Parts (10:56)
  5. 5 Darker - Nils Petter Molvaer (6:14)
  6. 6 Original Highway Delight - L.S.B. (6:14)
  7. 7 Glitches N Bugs (7:57)
  8. 8 Moon Song: The Gospel According to Mung [2012 Live @ the Haciende Versi (10:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mungolian Jet Set Primary Artist
Patricia Brown Vocals
Alex Gunia Guitar
Marius Reksjø Bass
Wetle Holte Drums
They Came from the Stars I Saw Them Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Slough Percussion, Tabla
Cheesy Vocals
Dominique Leone Vocals
The Bob-Chords Keyboards
Maryclare Brztwa Vocals
Ida Tingstein Vocals
Knights of Jumungus Strings
Tore Brevik Percussion, Drums
Xerox Juanipa Fabrizzi Vocals
The Zum Zum Boys Vocals
The Mungonettes Vocals
The L.a. Sun Choir, Chorus
Shelter Trio Choir, Chorus
Penaltius Hardaker Spoken Word
Peder Herlin Solberg Drums
Kai Lofthus Lap Steel Guitar
Juakathan Pokomon Bells
Jamine Tonto Synthesizer, Vocals, Soloist
Izzy Pizzy Vocals
Hu Fra Flåklypa Piano
Gubben Noa Accordion
Eivind Aarseth Bass, Guitar, Kalimba
Dirk a. Little Higher Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Composer
Mari Boine Composer
Danger Mouse Producer
Hans Peter Lindstrøm Composer, Producer
They Came from the Stars I Saw Them Composer
Shortwave Set Composer
Lindstrøm Composer
Chris Sansom Mastering
Pål "Strangefruit" Nyhus Composer, Producer, Engineer, Remixing, Re-produced, Rewriting, Additional Production
Alf Terje Hana Composer
Arne Hovda Producer
Aarset Composer
Reidar Skar Producer
Knut Saevik Composer, Producer, Engineer, Remixing, Re-produced, Rewriting, Additional Production
G. Fernandez Composer, Producer
Ronny & Renzo Composer, Producer
Dave Mullan Liner Notes, translation
Knights of Jumungus Orchestration
Nils Petter Molvaer Producer
The Dhaqwaan of Po-Lonte Poetry
Terminator Kjex Composer, Producer
Svein Schulz Composer
Suzie Webb Artwork
Suicidahle Producer
Sterling Venis Insirs Poetry
Eivind Aarseth Producer
Doc L. Lyslo Jr. Producer
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