Baby Mammoth - Swimming (Pork, 1999)

Voisins de label de Fila Brazillia, les Baby Mammoth étaient moins connus mais tout autant productifs. Du trip-hop orienté future jazz, mais du bon. Que ces étiquettes ne vous fassent pas peur, nulle trace de soupe lounge pour compils d'hôtel de luxe ici! Cette musique me donne l'irrésistible envie de sourire, elle met en forme et de bonne humeur. Un disque printanier qui fait du bien aussi en automne.

Baby Mammoth

CD Pork Recordings PORK 062 (UK, 03-1999)

01. Quick Kick
02. Dark Goggles
03. Smoke
04. Porpoise Fashion
05. Long Stroke
06. Urban Waltz
07. Funnels
08. Captain Webb
09. Strong Downward
10. Chicken Chiefly
11. Lost Bearings
12. Scurvy Trick

Note : Amidst heavy competition, Baby Mammoth is the Pork label's most prolific act, packing in five full LPs of blunted instrumental hip-hop between their debut in late 1996 and the end of the decade. Like other Pork acts Fila Brazillia and Solid Doctor, the duo of Mark Blissenden and Andrew Burdall specialize in earthy breaks and ambient atmospheres, more slanted to the instrumental edge of acid jazz than other producer-based trip-hop acts.
Swimming augments the duo's tried-and-true vision of earthy trip-hop with live musicians from around their hometown of Hull, making for a much more immediate record than others in the Baby Mammoth discography. Guitarist Tom Harland's jazz riffs lend a bit of energy to "Quick Kick," while others like "Long Stroke" and "Smoke" also benefit from experienced programming.


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