Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, New Age, Pop
Taking as its source the album Alger, Alger by Arab-Occidental-Jewish singer-guitarist Lili Boniche (discovered playing in a Paris café at age 78), Boniche Dub is producer Bill Laswell's reinterpretation of an interesting ... more »
Taking as its source the album Alger, Alger by Arab-Occidental-Jewish singer-guitarist Lili Boniche (discovered playing in a Paris café at age 78), Boniche Dub is producer Bill Laswell's reinterpretation of an interesting confluence of musical genres. Taking five of the original tracks, Laswell applies his usual swirling, almost psychedelic, techniques to create an ambient pastiche of pan-Andalusian-Algerian textures and beats. Taking nearly all of the vocals out and building trancelike vehicles from the rhythm tracks, Laswell leaves the listener floating in a mistral breeze of bass and percussion while melodies weave in and out of the mix in a manner similar to the productions of the late, great dubmaster from Jamaica, King Tubby. These hybrid mutations seemingly have little form, nor do they go anywhere in particular, as their purpose is to enhance a sense of being or place. Recommended for late-night headphone listening. --Derek Rath
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Producer Jean Touitou uses the term "ambient dub" to describe this album, but the Amazon reviewer hits closer to the mark by comparing the material to King Tubby's mid-to-late Seventies deconstructions. Although everything has been stripped down, each track retains its individual melodic and rhythmic flavors - the piano and guitar parts are used judiciously to maintain the themes, while bass and percussion remain in constant conversation with each other, and Boniche's voice, eerily dubbed but not stripped of its own purity, unexpectedly drops into the mix. This is a dark jewel, a representation of what Laswell can do when he gets close to the music."