Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, R&B
An unknown gem
The Delite Rancher | Phoenix, Arizona | 01/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This one and only release by Vodu 155 is nothing less than phenomenal! You have stumbled onto an unknown and under-appreciated gem. The music sounds like nothing else, being a blend of ethnic world music meets hip-hop. The world music influence is Haitian, an under-rated genre in the Caribbean music scene. More specifically, the Haitian element blends the sounds of voodoo culture with Rara, the island's Carnival music. Many songs are trance inducive, hypnotic, psychedelic, rockin', funky and edgy at the same time. Just as songs are sang in a variety of languages, the disc is filled with a variety of musical styles. 'Zaka' features the signature incantation style rap and great Rara and Voodoo samples in front of a rich polyrhythmic tapestry. 'Pale'm Mal' is a patois hip-hop tune prominently featuring the vaxine (sp?), a Haitian didjerdoo that plays poly-rhythmic toots. 'Boom Boom Bip' is gangsta rap, sang in English of course. 'Mama Dadu' shows off the singing duo's freestyle abilities. As with many tracks, the bass is beyond cool. 'Fete Rara' is very hypnotic and dreamy. I lament that 'L'Amour' is modern R&B. Stylistically, 'Lissila' is reggae, flavored with heavy dub. One of the background geniuses that gave this album such a unique sound is none other than Bill Laswell. His remixes, translations and productions give the album the dark, trance inducive, hip vibe. Even if you know nothing about Haitian music, I predict that you will fall in love with this disc as the music is surprisingly accessible. Why Vodu 155 never caught on is beyond me. Too ethnic for urban America? To urban for world music listeners? At the time of review, you could purchase multiple used copies for under one dollar, so give it a try!"