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THE BABY NAMBOOS, "ANCOATS Z ZAMBIA"

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The first release on Tricky's Durban Poison label, this album from English collective The Baby Namboos expands the boundaries of trip-hop (a genre which has become rather tired lately), presenting interesting pop songs, soulful melodies and just enough rap and reggae to keep you interested.
The first release on Tricky's Durban Poison label, this album from English collective The Baby Namboos expands the boundaries of trip-hop (a genre which has become rather tired lately), presenting interesting pop songs, soulful melodies and just enough rap and reggae to keep you interested. This album actually suprised me with its quality, especially considering the poor caliber of Tricky's last album. The actual music on Ancoats2zambia is actually more reminiscent of groups like Massive Attack (who've long been innovators in the trip-hop genre) than Tricky, although his influence is evident. Comparisons aside, this album is pretty tight. Tracks like "Get Your Head Down", "Late Night Antics" and the title track are funky and have a slight reggae influence, whereas tracks like "Holy" and "Hard Times" are much more soulful. These more soulful tracks feature wonderful vocals by Auroraborealis, who sounds very similar to the various female singers Tricky (who does make a guest appearance on a few tracks) has used over the years. Her contribution provides part of the same sort of juxtaposition between sung female vocals and harsher raps that Tricky has thrived off of using for his entire career. As a bonus, this disc includes two excellent remixes of the title track, one by Portishead's Geoff Barrow and the other by Dillinja (whose origin I'm unsure about). Although this album is quite good and an impressive debut, I wouldn't quite rank it up there with the output of trip-hop innovators like Portishead and Massive Attack.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 July 2005 11:06  


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