A smorgasbord of organic funk, cut-up beats and bizarre
instrumentation, Pest’s Necessary Measures sounds like Bootsy Collins falling
down stairs mid-solo while Mr. Scruff plays on in the front room. Shaping
mighty fine ambient cuts, the London quintet have a disparate combined history
with a classical cello player having teamed up with a student of African
drumming and a hip-hop DJ. Mixing upbeat feisty breakbeats with numerous
weaving jazz solos Necessary Measures is a strange yet enthralling beast of an
album. Hip-hop rhythms come laced with jittery electronica, while a throbbing
warped bass pounds beneath samples on “Murda,” buts it’s “Jefferson Shuffle”
with its soaring strings and distinctly cinematic sixties’ lounge flavor that
really stands out. Equally adventurous and ingenious, Pest have produced an
album that’s in a world of its own where shuffling hip-hop comes with killer
grooves and a Sunday-afternoon jazz-fusion vibe. –Christopher Barrett
- Audio CD (March 25, 2003)
- Original Release Date: 2003
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Ninja Tune
- #20867 in Rap & Hip-Hop (CDs & Vinyl)
- #39905 in Dance & Electronic (CDs & Vinyl)
- #72149 in Jazz (CDs & Vinyl)
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