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    Hop-Frog’s Drum Jester Devotional – “Bets Ov, Vol. 1 ” – [Urckarm Recordings]

    MIDI-Eastern music is a nice catch-phrase for this. Some of the samples
    I recognized, the dance patterns too, I guess I’d call these three wise
    men (and/or wise guys) from the burgeoning LA Hop-Frog Kollektiv proper
    Born Djinn Again. Very infectious…Bryn Jones of Muslimgauze has had
    an amazing (sadly post-mortem) career…but I think the promise of the
    Hop-Froggers is to mix source/sample material with organic live
    improvisations, and toss in an intriguing stage show, sprinkle in politics
    as needed. Or maybe avoid if possible, dodging the exploit versus worship
    fires, the sounds here are uplifting, even when the titles are maybe
    more discouraged. Kind of a Genesis P. Orridge stirring of the pot.
    Personally I LOVE those shrill bagpipes which are air-lifted into several
    tracks. And who can’t agree with a battle cry of “Cherries (Bananas not
    Bombs)…” is that an attempt to link the Runaways to Islam? The fruits
    of these labors are tasty to my ears, and their beats put a postive slam
    into Islam. The Urckarms race is coming to KFJC at the end of this month
    for a visit, hopefully they’ll bring a large and varied entourage.

    -Bob Hopefrog

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 22, 2007 at 11:11 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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