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Pepper: Remixes & Rarities
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop
While not exactly grabbing the same level of mainstream attention as Portishead's first album, Alpha's 1997 debut, Come from Heaven, did carve out a sizable cult following for the group on the strength of its dusky, someti... more »
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While not exactly grabbing the same level of mainstream attention as Portishead's first album, Alpha's 1997 debut, Come from Heaven, did carve out a sizable cult following for the group on the strength of its dusky, sometimes eerie mood pieces. Released on Massive Attack's influential Melankolic label, the disc continues to cast its exquisite spell on unsuspecting electronic-music fans. Pepper, a small remix and rarities anthology, appropriately spices up the material from the debut with jagged strains of drum & bass, dub, and hip-hop. Featuring choice remixes from seminal producers like Tim Simenon and Underdog, it should provide an eye-opener for new and old converts alike. --Aidin Vaziri
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Super-cool chill music with downtown beats
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was going to get Massive Attack's recent CD for a friend's birthday until I heard Alpha Pepper. I love them both, but thought Alpha was more "downtown" -- very chill but slightly less mellow. It's got a real three-dimensional quality; I could feel myself moving through space as I listened. Each track creates a whole world of sound where I could live for hours, or days. Surprising hallucinatory voices and sounds from nowhere abound. The album is filled with sonic revelations; these cats are the real thing. Funky, creative, sensual. LOVE IT!"
Darmez | Washington, DC | 09/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard of Alpha back in 2002 when I was listening to Triphop channel at work. Came back to my desk to hear this ridiculously seductive instrumental with lots of electronica blips and beeps and a haunting chant-like vocal. The song was Tim Simeon's remix of Sometimelater, originally found on the Come From Heaven cd and included on this Pepper Remix cd. From that moment on Alpha became my new favorite trip-hop artist. The Art of Noise & Enigma previously held that position in my book since before electronica and trip-hop. I like the other mixes on this cd as well, they beg you to buy the cds the original versions are found on and I'm glad I did. The originals are even better than the remixes, well, except for Sometimelater, in which case they are about equal because they are so different. This is a REAL remix cd, where you don't even recognize the original versions of the originals found on Come From Heaven. I recommend buying ALL of Alpha's cds (4 I think), its great music for meditation, driving, bike riding, jogging, motorcycling, bathing, thinking, working, smokin herb and yes, "gittin bizzy!" Buy Come From Heaven, Impossible Thrill and Stargazer too!! Stargazer will blow your mind."