I was lucky enough to get advance copies of the last 2 Fez Dispenser CDs. I enjoyed them both so my expectations were pretty high as I pulled 'Ant Rifle' out of the envelope.
'Ant Rifle' beat my expectations by a mile. This is clearly a breakthrough CD for FD. There is an effortless quality to the new stuff. The addictive 'dig into your brain while you're not looking' effect has allways been there with FD; but Ant Rifle is on another level. Every single time I play this CD when other people are around someone asks "What are we listening to?" "Where did you find this?"
I have a feeling I'll be listening to Ant Rifle for years.
Fez Dispenser Is not: hip hop, acid-jazz, drum and bass, dance hall, dub, reggae, Trip-hop, lounge, 70's funk, jungle, blues or jazz. It does combine elements of all of those styles without making your brain hurt.
Chances are, if you've been hanging out with anyone under 5 feet tall, you've heard producer Matthew Thorne's work. By day he works in a recording studio inside a toy design center in El Segundo CA. So if your kids are playing with a plastic, talking cowboy who strums a guitar, this guy made him play. In the last 15 years , Thorne has composed, mixed, edited, performed or designed sounds for 100s of hours of animation (including 10 episodes of Liquid television's Aeon Flux), a few theme park rides and 3 rapping animatronic hip-hop parrots in the Tropicana Las Vegas. He has been nominated for sound design Emmys 5 times. He has won twice. You can also hear his tracks behind episodes of
'Road Rules','Cribs' ,'Anthony Bourdain No Reservations','Behind the Music', All Access', 'Beyond the Da Vinci Code', 'Total Request Live' , 'Room Raiders' , 'Strictly Sex' , and about 30 other shows currently on the air.
All the while, he's been performing, recording, re-mixing and releasing indie music. With that music Thorne has carved out a head-space that is all his own.
A chance to work at Chick Corea's Mad Hatter Studios brought Thorne to Los Angeles in 1988. He was lucky enough to be behind the glass for sessions with Corea, Joe Di'orrio, Robben Ford, Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff Berlin, and Prince.
"I think I was speechless for the first 2 months I was there ; just trying to absorb as much as I could.That was the ideal place to start.The more experienced guys had their pick of the jazz sessions in the day. I was mixing the Hip-Hop sessions that ran from 7 pm to 7 am"
In 1990 Thorne did a radio edit on Hi-C's "I'm not your puppet".
" We used a beta version of a program called Sound Tools. Since that day, I've been making noise with computers...everyday."
Just when you think you have it figured out...
these guys throw another unpredictable song at you. There is a layed back fusion feel throughout the cd penetrated by in your face beats and some provocative instrumental work. Lots of electronics but definitely has an organic overall feel. You will wear this cd out, trust me.
Trip-bop, hip-bop, bip-bop - whatever you want to call this stuff, it’s very good and
completely original. There are no comparisons that would do this music justice. They avoid the faceless anonymity that plagues a lot of instrumental music. This stuff has
personality, with interesting rhythmic structures and melodies that are challenging without being stupefying.
An Antidote to Boring Electronica
Rather than falling for any of the cliches of electronic and sampled music, Fez Dispenser contains intriguing blends of jazz, Latin and middle-eastern elements, combined into into a new smooth, but not slow or boring sound.
There's an interest depth and range to all of the tunes in the album, and I think there's a love of music here that really comes through to the listener.
If you're looking for something cool, and not cold it's definitely worth checking out.
Moby Will Rip This Off Next Year
I'm no psychiatrist, but I am very powerful, so listen here... this is a 'Crunchberry' in the sea of turds of electronica. The hills are alive! It feels like a warm cup of Chamomile tea con shock therapy. Very snappy... smiling... smiling... smiling.
This is Very Cool Music.
This is very cool music. Beautiful. My blood pressure went down once the track started
playing. Please post some more!
I'm always looking out for great Trip-Hop---and I found it. This CD is truly addictive. It sucks you in, and just when you think you've got it figured out, you hear something new. Serious skills, guys. Keep it coming!
M. Matlock CD Baby Artist
Here's a grooooooooove for those who love ambient trip-hop. To put on something in the background that keeps your head bopping while doing something else. This is music for
programmers - music for working - music for restaurants - music for stores. Of course if you're a fan like me you can also totally dig on the amazing layered musicality of these loops, horns, basslines, and subtle production techniques. Or you can just put it on at work, and have everyone ask you all day, "What IS this?!?" Make sure
you send 'em to CD Baby
when they do. :-)
ok, So that's what some other folks have said about FD.
For the next month, all five Fez Dispenser CDs are on the $5 specials sale at CD Baby.
You could buy all five FD CDs for $25 or any 3 for $15..I'm just sayin :-}
Printed on the CD itself is a web address. Go there. There are songs on the website that are not on the CDs.Download em and pass em around. They are songs that are not available anywhere else. After you've found the bonus tracks, play the Fez Dispenser video game. It's goofy, but highly addictive. Also, don't forget to check out the unhidden free video downloads and other free Mp3s available at the sight.