• Best Triphop Tracks Ever

    1. Apr. 2008, 19:26

    In the future I will organise a poll or a mutual top
    100 on my group's page Triphop but up to now I just make this list myself :) feel free to add your best tracks too. By the way, some tracks might be linked to
    triphop (dreampop, electronic, downtempo or maybe some other linked genre) but anyway don't bother about that.

    Handsome Drink from Aberdeen
    Fjorden from Barbara Morgenstern
    Born Yesterday from Rob Dougan
    Talk Is Toy from Silent Poets
    Death Of A Superfox from Funky Monkey
    Influx from DJ Shadow
    Nights Interlude from Nightmares on Wax
    Max from Paolo Conte
    Utopia from Goldfrapp
    18 from Moby
    Unfinished Sympathy from Massive Attack
    3Ree from Attica Blues
    You Make It Easy from Air
    COME 2 ME (I GO CRAZY MIX) from Pomegranate
    Breath from Serapis
    Nothing from Earthling
    He's On The Phone from Saint Etienne
    Shining from Peace Orchestra
    Today's the Day from Aimee Mann
    Busenfreund from Tosca
    Curfew from Men At Arms
    Stuck in a Hard Place from Blue Foundation
    See the Sun from Dido
    Cry from Money Mark
    A Girl Alone from Hungry Lucy
    Intelligent Design Leaf
    Believe in Us from Jay-Jay Johanson
    get back to nowhere from Lacunae
    Timeless Surroundings (Part 1) from Cardamar
    [Amo Bishop RodenBoards of Canada
    Voordeel van video from Spinvis
    Eine Verabredung from Barbara Morgenstern
    Lost and Found from DJ Shadow
    Will You Follow Me from Rob Dougan
    Porcelain from Moby
    Gotta Jazz from Kruder & Dorfmeister
    Cloud in the Sky from Archive
    Rome Wasn't Built in a Day from Morcheeba
    Green Eyes from qpe
    Le Voyage de Penelope from Air
    In the Waiting Line from Zero 7
    Diamente from Blue States
    My Darkest Dream from Kiss & Fly
    I Am from Airlock
    Midnight in a Perfect World from DJ Shadow
    Goodbye Caroline from Aimee Mann
    My Friend from Groove Armada
    Emergence from Kmotiv
    Rabbit in Your Headlights from UNKLE
    Live Inside Of You from Pomegranate
    Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt (Alternate Take Without Overdubs) from DJ Shadow
    I Love My Man from Bent
    To Kill A King from Hungry Lucy
    Sunday (The Day Before My Birthday) from Moby
    Clubbed to Death (First Mix) from Rob Dougan
    Mrs Chombee Takes The Plunge (DJ Food rebake) from The Herbaliser
    All I Need from Air
    Red Dust from Zero 7
    J'ai Dormi Sous L'eau from Air
    Kid for Today from Boards of Canada
    Lost and Found from DJ Shadow
    Modulor (DJ Cam No Protection Mix) from Air
    Red Bricks from Pomegranate
    LJL from Pomegranate
    God from Abraham
    Sharp A2 from Luke Vibert
    Tomorrow's Girl from Funky Monkey
  • Reviews from Funky Monkey and Colorzoo

    27. Jan. 2008, 20:49

    Found on the internet:

    Just a review found on the internet:
    ColorZoo’s album 7” Tales From Black Pig Farm soundtracks a comic revenge poem about a heartbroken farmer, inter-species brain transplants and accidental cannibalism with eight tracks that veer between electro-funk, Kate Bush-style warbling and childlike instrumentals. It’s presented in a hermetically sealed paper envelope and comes with a pull-out card featuring the poem in full and a bit of artwork. Pretentious, obviously, but the whole package is bizarrely evocative. It’s like revisiting the TV you watched as a kid with the sick sense of humour you’ve developed since. Those that like their music straight up and down-to-earth (Northeners, then) should avoid, but anyone who likes the idea of owning a psychotic episode of Jackanory should enquirie further. Enjoy.

    tracklisting of Make you Smile from Colorzoo

    1. Make You Smile 3:42
    2. Air Traffic Control 2:13
    3. Safari 0:10
    4. Early Bird 2:12
    5. Mr. Herb Picker 0:29
    6. Carousel 1:52
    7. I want to live on Black Pig Farm 0:48
    8. Daisy Burger 0:57
    9. The End 2:50
    10. Excerpt from The Yard Went On Forever 0:48
    11. Insane In The Pigbrane 1:37


    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    One of the best albums I've ever heard, 15 Dec 2002
    By "scrubnib" - See all my reviews

    I'd never heard of them, but I'm so glad I got introduced to Funky Monkey's unique chillout style. These are the sorts of tunes you can't get enough of- you can't listen to Lonely Suite or the female solo in The Great Gig in the Sky without feeling incredibly chilled and 100% happier..
    The whole album's good, especially the way it follows the story included with the CD. Buy it. Comment | Permalink | Was this review helpful to you? (Report this)

    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
    The best contemporary funk available, 13 Jan 2001
    By A Customer

    Funky Monkey is a band who sound exactly like their name. Not only do they produce the funkiest contemporary grooves around, they also throw in a rare cheeky sample or two, just to brighten things up a bit. Superfox is a literally blistering collection of tunes. Sweeping Orchestral rhythms, Vegas Love's electric piano and the riffs of Peter Banks' guitar combine, along with the occasional voice of Denise Johnson (who worked with Primal Scream on "Screamadelica" and "Give Out But Don't Give Up") to make an album which will leave lovers of funk with their mouths agape. Funky Monkey have progressed from their earlier album "Come Together People of Funk". Superfox is much less repetitive and is, at times, exquisite - just listen to the opening notes on "Reunion". If you are looking for a modern album, which combines great tunes, great sounding instruments and a great soul voice with the best funk around then you had better buy Superfox.

    By George (Netherlands) - See all my reviews

    Get to my group triphop or Funky Monkey on!

    I consider Funky Monkey as one of the most underestimated bands of all time. Their music is simply great and unique!

    Join us in Tomorrow

    What it says on the box, 4 Mar 2004
    By A Customer

    A funky monkey indeed - very light and bright and breezy dance music. Don;t really know much about this group but this album is like a greatest hits package with tracks from each of their previous albums plus some singles and previously unreleased items, including a gorgeous track (Tomorrow's Girl) with vocals by Sarah Cracknell of St Etienne which are to die for.

    The musical factor which tends to make me most homesick for 1967 is that of the gargantuan, opulently compressed orchestra. There’s been a lot of reminiscing on radio of late with the 40th anniversaries of Radios 1 and 2 and the concurrent demise of pirate radio, but it’s the hugeness, the cavernous echoes, which speak to me most dearly – think of George Martin’s original “Theme One” (described by a veteran BBC producer at the time, and not altogether disapprovingly, as “William Walton gone mad”) or David Sinclair Whitaker’s 16 rpm reworking of “The Last Time” (later the foundation of “Bitter Sweet Symphony”) or Mark Wirtz’s piccolo trumpets, harpsichords and Home Service strings on “Excerpt From A Teenage Opera.” And that’s without mentioning Wally Stott and Peter Knight’s work on the first Scott Walker album, let alone “A Day In The Life.” Of their time, yet simultaneously behind and ahead of it, this music still speaks to me of promises – some fulfilled, others trampled over in the progress of time.

    “Peaceman” inspires similar feelings in me; if Radio Caroline had still been a going concern in 1998/9, I could well imagine their using this as a station ID, or an anthem. Funky Monkey – which seems essentially to have been producer and sometime Saint Etienne collaborator Gerard Johnson - were one of a thousand Big Beat hopefuls of the period; their records were diverting (extra chutzpah points for including the original, undiluted Oliver Nelson Six Million Dollar Man theme on their debut, Come Together People Of Funk) if not especially radical, and apart from the unsatisfactory compilation Join Us In Tomorrow, with a considerably inferior six-minute mix of “Peaceman,” their work has vanished from the racks.

    No, “Peaceman” must be heard in its original, slowly unfolding, ten-minute, ten-second version. It begins with a Bach prelude played on a string synth which is steadily engulfed by the sound of riots and police sirens; a police radio voiceover (“Big shanks, good shanks”?) is turned into the foundation of the track as the beats systematically make their entrance; first one rhythm, then a grittier overlay, followed by electric piano and bass. Comparisons with Primal Scream’s “Come Together” would not be farfetched, except “Peaceman” is faster and slightly brighter.

    An intriguing harmonic sequence is developed by the electric piano (using the initially cited Bach melodic sequence as a springboard) and the bass over the now danceable rhythm, until, at 4:45, the sunrise of synthesised strings, playing a gorgeously painful major/minor melody, casts its yellow shadow over the proceedings. A rhythm breakdown follows until the melody re-enters, reinforced, at 6:47, followed at 7:22 by Denise Johnson’s voice (hence the Primal Scream connection) singing, or intoning, “Come together, people of funk.” I think of Number 6, freed and back in London, on the verge of tears as he surveys the Houses of Parliament and the South Bank, with “Peaceman”’s swelling melody in my ears and mind. Listening to it is like standing on top of Parliament Hill Fields as the clouds steadily begin to clear, the Highgate church spire behind me, the city ahead of me…it is lump in the throat time. Finally the music fades away to leave the electric pianist (billed on the credits as “Vegas Love”) improvising on the chord sequence (cf. Anne Dudley’s piano at the end of the album version of Art of Noise’s “Beat Box”) before drifting into another song altogether and then swiftly ending with a final flourish. A masterpiece which deserves salvation from wherever you can find it.
    Text from Marcello Carlin at 17:17 on 01-Oct-2007

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  • Mowax (or how I got into triphop)

    13. Nov. 2007, 13:09

    Endtroducing and Strictly Turntablized were the two albums that got me into triphop. The albums amazed me a lot and two tracks Kemuri and Midnight in a Perfect World are still on my list of all-time favorites. It was arond 1997 when i finally managed to get two turntables. I was listening to hiphop a lot but loved the beats and breaks more than the rhymes. I heard DJ Shadow at a friend of mine and there it was, the most influencing triphop album I have listened. Soon after I bought the DJ Krush album as well and I was in love with the Mowax label in specific and triphop music in general. Too bad the label Mowax became less and less interesting with acts like South as ultimate example of the downfall. Nevertheless the label changed my opinion about music with acts (besides Shadow & Krush I mentioned before) like Rob Dougan, Andrea Parker, Attica Blues, U.N.K.L.E., Innervissions, Air and some others. Unfortunately DJ Shadow has changed his path as well, many true hiphop / breaks fan will be glad with this but the day I bought a Shadow-album without listening is long ago.

    Now Mowax is sold long ago but new music is coming up that sounds great too! I can mention a lot of artist but my playlist will do the job :) however I still listen to Mowax often, what do you think of the Headz albums? They are timeless, they still do the job and I consider Mowax as one of the greatest labels ever!

    What label or artist influenced you the most? there should be one specific one that changed your view drastically...?!