ELECTROAGE : VoizNoiz 2

Rotterdam-based Banabila returns with another audio journal of big-city excursions. VoizNoiz II doesn¹t differ all that much from it¹s predecessor, in that the music is a winding assembly of cut-up samples, breakbeats and downtempo avante-garde jazz rhythms, touched by hip-hop and myriad urban music styles. Banabila and his collective of musicians are incredibly adept at re-creating these musical forms, and at assembling the pieces into a fluid and groove-laden whole. Voiz VIII is particularly good, sounding a lot like Morphine with a low-key after-hours lounge feel. One For The Road is excellent for the staggering and blurred rhythms and samples, sounding something like The Residents trying to impersonate a jazz trio. Moving in somewhat different territory, To The Angels was written for a production of "Dante's Divina Commedia", and as such adopts a spacey choral atmosphere, though retains a chilled percussion and bass arrangement. One can envision Virgil leading Dante not through Hell, but the underside of the city. Likewise theatrical is Voiz IX, carrying a slightly vaudeville character with the bouncy sound effects and stumbling percussion. VoizNoiz II is, if anything, more focussed and compressed than the first installment, and affects greater discretion in what pieces are used, and which are not, resulting in a tighter album. With a world of music to explore, it¹s pretty certain that Banabila will continue to play tour-guide and provide more audio reports of city life.

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