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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
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