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Layo and Bushwacka!

"Night Works" CD

XL Recordings

Genres: electronica, electro-jazz, acid house

Sep 16 - 22 2002

Layo and Bushwacka! a.k.a. Layo Paskin and Matthew "Bushwacka" B. have recently had their hands full working on Night Works, the follow-up to 1999's Low Life, and fans will be joyed to discover that they've done good.

Released on Beggars Group member XL Recordings, Night Works is a carefully-assembled album that acts as a continuous mix, completely devoid of gaps in between the tracks. This unaffected flow works amazingly, taking you through a whole number of club-friendly cuts with precision and skill, only ever slowing down for the few minute-long interludes.

The songs themselves will appeal to pretty much any electronica fan looking for something to move around to. "Shining Through," for example, is an airy, Orbital-esque track that lays an ethereal soundscape over a deceptively foot-moving beat. "Sleepy Language," meanwhile, is a much more funky track that is sure to get people moving on the dancefloor. However, the duo's most successful track is "Love Story", a jazz-infected cut that brings to mind comparisions to St. Germain, Plaid, and The Cinematic Orchestra. With a laidback jazz beat, a warm piano chord progression, and a fantastic vocal sample, it's got all the makings of the next electro-jazz single.

Altogether, Layo and Bushwacka! have created a fine sophomore album that both fans and new listeners will be able to sink their teeth into. Incorporating elements of acid jazz, acid funk, and breakbeat, the duo have proven themselves to be master DJs. This stuff is sure to be all over the clubs this season.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 48 min 13 sec; 14 tracks; distributed by the label; released July 2002]