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CD: Jazzsteppa - Hyper Nomads | reviews, news & interviews

CD: Jazzsteppa - Hyper Nomads

CD: Jazzsteppa - Hyper Nomads

Israeli drum'n'brass duo take dubstep on a rollercoaster ride

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Hyper Nomads is on a label run by dance/dub veteran and ex-KLF producer Tony Thorpe. It is a sprawling album, its 20 tracks ranging from 30 seconds to almost seven minutes long, and it ranges from goofy to furious and spaced out to intensely focused, sometimes within a single track. Given that their sound has been honed over several years of live performance, with live brass and drums on many tracks, you might expect it to have a dramatic structure, but in fact it swerves around wildly in intensity, its peaks and troughs coming thick and fast.

So grinding, tense tracks like “Baby Don't Leave Me” and “Holding Ground” are interspersed with gleeful party-starting numbers like the rap-led “Raising the Bar” and the belting electro-soul “Sweet Tooth”, while a track like “Minneapolis” slips from clattering electronic claustrophobia into Hollywood chase-scene brass and back repeatedly. Elsewhere you'll hear grandiose reggae and a maniacal drum'n'bass cover of “Wipeout” that should send festivals apeshit wherever it's played. It's a confusing, confounding roller-coaster ride of a record – but thrilling nonetheless, and, as a portrait of the tumultuous state of today's electronic music, maybe pretty accurate.

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