July 05, 2005

Lemon Jelly - '64-'95

Released Jan. 25, 2005 on XL Posted by Picasa

Lemon Jelly introduces their third LP, '64-'95 with a sticker on the outside of the packaging that says, "This is our new album. It's not like our old album." This straightforward, slapstick statement rings true, as Nick Franglen and Fred Deakin expand their horizons to embrace more diverse samples and new genres.

The duo has broken the barriers of ambient Air-like compositions and Beta Band-ish beats, to include hypnotic UK hip-hop and arena rock chords. The intro makes reference to the prior albums with a spoken intro surrounded by bird calls, and then segways into the startling break beats of "'68 aka Only Time," reminiscent of the rock-laden techno of the Chemical Brothers. "'93 aka Don't Stop Now" begins with a single breathy voice and builds slowly to a dizzying crescendo of Punjabi hip-hop. The first single, released in the UK on Jul. 11, "'95 aka Make Things Right," laces ambient noises with female R&B vocals. Click here to listen to a full album stream courtesy of Beggars Group, USA.

'64-'95 still makes use of the same surprising mixes; lullabies and disco, soft rock and electronic (for the best example of this, find b-side "Soft" from Nice Weather for Ducks off of 2002's Lost Horizons, which used an addictive sample of Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now"). "'76 aka The Slow Train" blends London disco and modern electronic elements to arrive at a creative locale visited by artists like Etienne de Crecy and the Cleptomaniacs, and might be found on a dance compilation. Lemon Jelly could hardly avoid comparison to their contemporaries because of their endless blend of musical styles and samples, however, they always manage to the push the creative boundaries of electronic music.

Click here to buy '64-'95 (2005)
Click here to buy Lost Horizons (2002)
Click here to buy LemonJelly.KY (2001)