AMBIENT MUSIC GUIDE: VoizNoiz reissue & remix

It seems DJ Shadow and Art of Noise had a love child in the 90’s and nobody told me. My strangest discovery of 2018 was this reissue of an album from 20 years ago by the prolific and talented Dutch alchemist Michel Banabila. On VoizNoiz he shows all the cut-and-paste sampling genius of Shadow as well as Art Of Noise’s quirky brilliance with processed cut-up vocals, and then some. In particular he has a talent for voice samples. He shreds and re-contextualises assorted vocal bytes with grooves of slow funk, stoned hip hop and a bit of drum’n’bass, and his technique is jaw-dropping. Any discernible words no longer matter; the voices have become pure instruments. And it’s far from just being a display of virtuosity, because once you get past the technique the natural musicality of Banabila’s creations shines brightly. A leftfield downtempo masterpiece. (Mike Watson)