External professional reviews
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 19/09/2009 21:55:57
A brief run-down with the most recent reviews (more to come e.g. Uncut, The Word, Q etc):
5 star reviews e.g. Financial Times and wwwLAsThePlacecom
4 star reviews e.g. Rock N Reel / R2 Magazine, World Music Network, wwwallmusiccom etc
'sturdy Ethiopian vocals are matched against backing that veers from wailing
psychedelic rock to trance, trip-hop and dub, it's an impressive achievement.'
- The Guardian, Robin Denselow
'some of the album's tracks have a brooding intensity which make them as
compelling as anything I've heard this year '- Songlines, Howard Male
'you can imagine this becoming a mind blowing rave classic, pushing the envelope
beyond Ethiopqiues nostalgia.' - MOJO, David Hutchenson
'there are moments of electrifying mystique' - Fly Global, Tim Woodall
'there's a pleasing headiness to its rough charm' - The Independent, Andy Gill
'a startlingly original combination of Ethiopian roots and pop with dub, electronica
and psychedelic rock' - fRoots, Jamie Renton
'this wonderfully strange and slightly otherworldly album' refuses resolutely to be pigeon holed. One of the most startlingly original musical adventures of the year giving a whole new meaning to the term 'fusion music'. - R2 / rock N Reel, Dave Haslam
'like an exotic mythology flung into outer space' - World Music Network, TJ Nelson
'an unhinged sense that anything could happen, it grows with each listen' - fRoots, Jamie Renton
'It's an album that, to its credit, solidly defies easy description. It needs to be heard several times and each reveals a new delight' - AllMusic.com, Chris Nickson
'Each time you hear the songs, you hear something different as this will be the longevity of this world class fusion CD' - LAsThePlace.com, Los Angeles
'The DIY feel of the arrangements suits the brooding other-wroldliness of the Ethiopian vocals far better than many more expensive productions.' - The Telegraph, Mark Hudson
'I encourage everyone to check it out, but not try to capture it..just feel it.' - Max Benkole Jarrett, BBC World Service
'Brings together a fine mix of musicians to create a festive-sounding album recorded in Ethiopia' - New Internationalist
Invisible System present a fusion album of Ethiopian, dub, dance, rock, drum & bass, psychedelia, electronica & live music.Traditional vocals & instruments meet the modern, electronic and brass. Recorded in Ethiopia. Live Europeans meet live Ethiopians!
Mahmoud Ahmed & Bahta Gebrehiwot (Ethiopiques)
Hilaire Chabby (Baba Maal)
Justin Adams (Robert Plant & Strange Sensation, ex-Jah Wobble's Invaders)
Tsedenia G.Markos, Mimi, Terermeg, Feleke, Desta, Tewabe & Sami (Ethiopians post this album signed to Realworld Records as Dub Colossus)
Joie Hinton (ex-Eat Static & Ozric Tentacles / Here and Now / IGV)
Martin Cradick (Baka Beyond/ex-Outback)
Captain Sensible (The Damned)
Ed Wynne (Ozric Tentacles / Noden Inctus)
Simon Hinkler (The Mission)
Dubulah (Transglobal Underground, Temple of Sound, Natasha Atlas)
Perch (Zion Train)
Juldeh Camara (Justin Adams, Realworld)
Elmer Thudd (Loop Guru)
Gary Woodhouse (The Rhythmites)
Boswell / Warp (Junkwaffle & Bristol Graffiti Artist - Los Mutartis)
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Outstanding, original, varied, milestone, buy it!
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 17/04/2009 11:17:17
What can i say. Best album i have heard in 10 years and i pestered the label for a white label 'pre-copy' as i couldn't wait until next week. It is original which is unusual these days. Varied from dub to world to dance to rock to electro to disco to sub to drum and bass. I love this in an album rather than it all sounding the same. This will be on my deck for years and i can not wait for the follow up which has the singer from the uk rhythmites on vocal duty. It will appeal to a wide audience and blends world and other genres in a soulful manner. No samples, no loops of ethnic vocals, this is pure and stems apparently from the writer and producer aid working in ethiopia for 3 years so it is also ethical. Buy it, don't copy it. The art work is also fantastic. And what a wild array of guests from mahmoud ahmed to ozrics to simon from the mission and captain sensible to justin adams (robert plant & realworld) to many ethiopians that they appear to have since got signed to realworld and released as a side project dub colossus (which is not as good, i've heard it, it is more world dub). Harperdiabate point com has some info. Best paul.
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