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Amon Tobin - Supermodified

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:2000-05-15

Supermodified is the stunning fourth album from Amon Tobin. Hard-edged tracks like "Four Ton Mantis" and "Saboteur" are juxtaposed against melodic downbeat excursions like "Slowly", "Marine Machines" and "Natureland". "Deo" fuses a Brazilian guitar sample with razor sharp break-beats that sound like Egberto Gismonti jamming with Squarepusher. "Precursor" (a collaboration with Montreal beatboxer Quadraceptor) merges off-the-wall scat rhythms with jazzy guitar riffs. "Golfer Vs Boxer" sounds like the bastard child of Innerzone Orchestra's "Bug In The Bassbin". Supermodified is an album where generic conventions get turned on their heads, as Latin, drum 'n' bass, bossa nova and jazzy instrumentation collide with genetically modified oscillations and polyrhythms: break-beats have been sculpted from spitting and farting; bass sounds have materialised from motorbikes and tubas. This all adds weight to the fact that Amon Tobin is a truly experimental artist who has mutated caustic beats with sumptuous melodies to produce a hauntingly seductive album. --Terna Heuston-Jibo

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