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Ian Simmonds - Return to X
Leave it to Studio K7 to innovate and rarely disappoint when it comes to presenting the world with good music for those who are frustrated with the declining originality of club and pop music.  While their mixed cds are not to be slept on (i.e., Nightmares on Wax, Stereo MCs), it's the full-length projects by the label's artists that makes K7 worth noticing.

Simmonds is one cool cat to know.  While a rich, soulful theme filled with mystery runs throughout Return To X, each of his compositions has nuances that don't dull the listener into theinking they're hearing the same track for over an hour.  "Fathom's Down" is a tune that feel it's come 30 years too late, for it would have fit well with the European spy movie culture of the 60s and 70s with its deep, threatening stand-up bassline and tingy harpischord (which is also featured on "Ocean Hill" and "Swinging Millie," a track reminiscent of French New Wave cinema).

Return To X is a sincere musical endeavor with few drawbacks.  Its strong points are deep, thunderous basslines and playful drumming, but incorporating some horn action couldn't have hurt either; having more than nine tracks would have been nice too.  Nonetheless, you won't come away from the experience feeling unfulfilled.

Copyright 2001 Akinbo Akinnuoye.  All rights reserved.

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Released 2001on Studio K7 

Selected Tracks:

Fathom's Down
Alvin's Blues
Jet
Body Sound

 

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