Margoo - "Eh?"
(Mizmaze 1999, WOT4CD99004)
From Aural Innovations #18 (January 2002)
Spaced out trip-hop with lots of beats, freaky electronics, futuristic electro acid lounge jazz, and crazy voice samples galore. The samples are integral to the music, but instead of being standard hip-hop from the American hood, this is a freaked out pastiche of beats and electro DJ dance madness that will have your toes tapping and your head spinning in a paisley rave dancefloor furor. I'd say the best thing about this album is the creative use of the studio to paste these pieces together into something totally strange but freakily coherent. Guitars crop up occasionally, most notably on "Presto, Via!" and "Mavala", the former featuring trip-hop strangeness with bluesy guitar, freaky loops, and crazed voice samples, and the later including similar tasteful guitar licks though with a Caribbean flavor rather than blues. But my favorite tracks are the ones with the spaced out loungy jazz vibe. "Ectoplasma" is a playful tune with lots of very cool spacey synth work, flutes, and eerie ethereal loungy jazz. "Dear Worm, Goodbye" consists of 70's funky jazz fusion keyboards and horn sounds but all amidst the strange cosmic trip-hop stew that defines Margoo. And "Acari" and "Nikto" each showcase some cool jazzy acid drones and bubbling tones. Space fun for the DJ hip-hoppin' crowd.
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Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz