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23 Feb 2006, 4:24 de FidgitalThis week, I thought I'd do some flashbacks to records which profoundly influenced my own music career. Especially looking at the late '90's, immediately prior to forming Fidgital in 1999.
It's early 1998. I've become a big Coldcut fan, immensely turned on by the "Fuck dance, let's art!" esthetic of their 1997 album, Let Us Play (which should have its own flashback review). I know they run Ninja Tune but I haven't delved too deeply yet. Enter Funkungfusion, a stlyishly packaged double disc set for the irresistible price of $11.
So even before listening, I ponder the title. Is it "Funk & Fusion"? Is it "Fun Kung-Fu"? Is it "Fun Confusion"? Yes, yes, yes, all these things. The liner calls it "a phasechange at the edges of hip hop, techno, jazz and outrock."
So I put it on. Immediately I'm hit with Chocolate Weasel's wild 5/4 electro Music For Body Lockers. Then a double hit of Amon Tobin, showing off both his dark spastic cinematic drum & bass…