Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
bordersj2 | Boston | 01/17/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I honestly forgot about this one... assumed I'd written something about it in the past. But this is Dirk Swartenbroekx aka "Buscemi"'s first feature. The dj/producer out of Belgium has since put out three other albums, the most recent of which released just this month (January, 2007) after an almost 4 year hiatus but he was still busy in that time; most notably releasing a remix project, this one featuring on his own remixed work on other artists tunes. As his later albums have gone in several different directions, I can't help but notice a stronger lean towards the jazzed up side of things. So this, his first, is a welcome refresher.
If there was a genre called "lounge house", that's what this would be. The first song on this absolutely captures the cover on the album too... like the previous reviewer said. The rain, the effects - great mood and a sweet beat. Another killer cut on this to me is "Yves Eaux". I love the way it kicks, and the percussion and beat flow to it is amazing - so fun to spin and put into beat heavy session and it even has a sort of eerie sound that permeates through it. "Noise's Leasing" is cool, if only because it reminds me so much of Underworld's "Pearl's Girl" (at least I think that was the title). Very much sampled from that. But I tihnk "Soap Girl Nina" is a track that sort of defines the genius' of Buscemi's style. He loves pulling tracks apart and puttin gthem back together into a different shape... and surprising you with the flow and what comes next in the song. If you fast forward to his "Camino Real" album of 2003, he did something very similar with "Voodoo Voyage".
I really liked this album. Mind you, it is a bit older... almost 10 years old to be exact. But to me, it never really got dated because there was a real quality in the tracks to me... so many subtleties that surprised me on more listens. And mind you not all of the songs got me either. Like the previous reviewer stated, "What the Funk is Happening" comes out of nowhere and effectively electrocutes your groove. But still, this is the album that made me hunt for Buscemi's works, which was very tough to do until the past 3 years or so. If you like this, you'll definitely want to get your hands on "Our Girl in Havana" and "Camino Real". You might also like music by Amon Tobin, Moonstarr and Osunlade. And again, he has a new album out titled "Retro Nuevo"."