Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
This new record from Gus Gus is actually not new at all, nor is it really from Gus Gus. Instead, it's a collection of releases from a previous collaboration between two of Gus Gus's many soon-to-be members--Herb Legowitz, ... more »
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This new record from Gus Gus is actually not new at all, nor is it really from Gus Gus. Instead, it's a collection of releases from a previous collaboration between two of Gus Gus's many soon-to-be members--Herb Legowitz, then known as Maggi Lego, and computer programmer Biggi Veira, a.k.a. Thorarinsson. This material, recorded under the name t-world between 1992 and 1995, has aged well, and shows off much of the same melodic repetition and expansion of modern trance music. There's a definite old-school-ish house groove the boys were working off of, though, like on "Anthem," a track that was initially slated for DJ Darren Emerson's initial release with Underworld. A soulful bass line pumps up a dreamy melody, expanding within a familiar pattern of repetition and rhythmic progression that has since been many a DJ's stock in trade. Other tracks presage the dominance of trance music that would flower in the late '90s. "Purple" gives off a glittery vibe from the get-go, making compelling use of a breathy, three-note vocal that's catchy enough to make any 21st-century crowd whip out their glowsticks. Yet this collection finds t-world consistently choosing restraint over easy manipulations, still leaving the listener wanting for release. Gently receding into swirling keyboard patterns and briefly pulling back from the thump, t-world's hypnotic sense of pace was made to settle under your skin and into your brain's pleasure centers. Some of the year 2000's lazier trance DJ's, whose numbers seem to rise by the hour, could do well to seek out such other specialists in restraint for inspiration. --Matthew Cooke
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anonymous | la, ca | 07/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you LOVE Gus Gus's other albums but hate instrumental electronic music, well, you might want to look elsewhere. This probably is not for you.BUT, if you are looking for another album that is *similiar* but not exactly like other albums you love-- maybe Groove Armada's 'Vertigo' or Air's 'Moon Safari' or 'Premiers Symptomes' or Rinocerose 'Innstallation Sonore'-- Well, you have hot the jackpot. This album is NOT exactly like any of the above sounds, however, Gus Gus/T World does a BETTER job of hitting exactly *that* feeling. You know what feeling I'm talking about... It's late. Maybe you've been out clubbing or partying, and you're pretty tired, but not ready to sleep. All you are looking for is to be transported into some dreamy, almost supernatural realm in which you can relax and just enjoy the awareness of yourself and those who are with you.Buy this album and play it at those times.I am a lover of downtempo electronic music. Including those albums listed above, I'm into Theivery Corporation, Tosca, Kruder/Dorfmeister, etc. This album, FAR AND AWAY, is the best downtempo music that I have found. Organic, spiritual, incredibly inspired. I wish all of Gus Gus's albums were like this one."
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Scott Dennis | Long Beach, California | 03/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Had a chance to hear this one last month as some member of GUS GUS was drunk at my house. It is a beautiful piece with some resonance you might have found on a few rare remixes that are floating around the world. Do yourself a favor and his the "add to my cart" button ASAP..you will not regret it."
steve_k | Alameda, CA USA | 01/01/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As an avid Gus Gus listener, I've always felt a little disappointed that the rest of their stuff didn't sound like everthing recorded on this album. Don't get me wrong, This Is Normal and Polydistortion (esp.) are fantastic, but finally, here's an album that really highlights the thread that binds the rest of their work together.And for those of you who may think that this is a new direction for Gus Gus, don't be misled! Gems like "Anthem" and "Purple" have already appeared on previous compilations (Pi soundtrack and Tranceport vol. 1, respectively). While Gus Gus's more "recent" albums are laudable in their own ways, fans who have been searching for something with a little more dimension and cool flow will definately appreciate this! It's lights off, late-night, chill out music at its best."