Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Greedy Baby

British IDM duo Plaid have been one of my faves of the genre for years now. Born out of the influential Black Dog, they released their debut Mbuki Mvuki in 1991. They craft quirky, mathematical, melodic music that often takes time to sink in. Some of it can be pretty experimental, but they have a certain knack with a melody that almost always helps keep them listenable. I first encountered them as remixers on Funki Porcini's 1995 LP Hed Phone Sex, then as producers on Nicolette's Let No-One Live Rent Free In Your Head. They finally followed up their debut in 1997 with Not For Threes. The next two albums are my favorites - Rust Proof Clockwork and Double Figure. Last month brought a new record called Greedy Baby. It is a CD and DVD combo, with the DVD containing a 5.1 mix of the album as well as videos for all the songs by film maker Bob Jaroc as well as an additional 4 vids for some oldie but goodies (Crumax Rins and Assault On Precinct Zero). A sweet package that sounds as good as it looks. Today's tunes give you a bit of classic burbly goodness in The Launching Of Big Face, and a brief, lovely bit of peacefulness in The Return Of Super Barrio - End Credits

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