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4 stars Third studio album from Robotobibok explores the paths previously stablished by the band in an even more concise, concentrated way. That is to say, a complex reflection on droning both in terms of recent times electronica scene and jazz as a deconstructed genre. Somehow, the hypnotic and voluptous rythms from their first album jogging and the ethereal mood from Instytut Lasz are here combined to once again deliver this form of music that talks both about the sampler phylosphy of modern electronic music (that is, to make the exact cut and create a brief abstract of a musical idea, powerful enough to say everything with a minimum of invested language) and the live, physical dimension of jazz music as genre. But this time, the electronic elements are much more in front as a genre on it's own, as can be heard in the opening track, for example. This is a modern jazz album that nevertheless deals with classic jazz effortlesly, creating a unique mix and rich dialogue between source of inspiration and digital interpretation of it. Lovely, exciting album, dense at times but not at all hard on the ears. Unless of course you don't like that sampler phylosophy wich here, although not present as a disturbing element, will not be appealling to those reluctant to such genres as Trip Hop or Drum and Bass. Off course, those who like such genres will certainly smile from the very firt second. Within those parameters, a must have.
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4 stars Interesting album from Polish nu.jazz band. Possibly, main test for new listener is album's opener, Kamaji. Heavily vintage electronics-led composition with synth-modified vocals. To be honest, for me it's a bit too much of early electronic band's imitation there on this song.

Then, things go much better after starting from second song. No vocals, very acceptable mix of real jazz instruments/sounds and Moog/ARP Odyssey sound. Really jazzy compositions, with sax, free improvisation and quite atmospheric sound.

Album's music is influenced by 70-s free jazz, Elephant9 keyboards driven nu.jazz and some early analog electronic bands sound. Sax and synthesizers, plus complex, sometimes a bit electronic rhythm. Most interesting Polish nu.jazz I ever heard.

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