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Monday, June 05, 2006

Not A Mistake James

Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel, The Postal Service) has a new project; James Figurine is the name and the album is called, Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake.

Out July 11th on Plug Research (and in Europe on Monika Records late June), it takes the unique sound Tamborello has already fashioned with Dntel and The Postal Service and blends it with 'dancefloor oriented electronic music'.

Here's how Tamborello describes it:

"In November of 2001 my band Figurine went on a short tour of Germany with Lali Puna. Our label there, Monika, set us up with a driver to get from show to show. She only brought three or four tapes to listen to on the drives, mostly techno. I’d never paid much attention to dancefloor-oriented electronic music, but listening to the same tapes over and over again (especially Kompakt’s pop-leaning Total 3 and some 7”s on Parfum) while driving through Germany made a giant impression on me. So this record was supposed to be an extra melodic, minimal techno record with some sparse vocals, but my technopop tendencies got the best of me, the songs slowly filled up, and this is what I ended up with."

The album is a cracker, sounding exactly like The Whitest Boy should have sounded like. My only reservation is, the cool, wistful vocals and the almost metallic electro feels out of place at the start of summer – for me the european techno/electro sounds evoke winters in Scandinavia and don’t quite gel with the current heatwave we’re experiencing in London.



MP3: James Figurine – 55566688833 (Expired)
MP3: James Figurine – Apologies (Expired)
MP3: James Figurine – All The Way To China (Expired)

buy:
James Figurine - Mistake, Mistake, Mistake, Mistake

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