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Review: 'Harmonious Thelonious'
'Instrumentals! A Collection of Outernational Music'   

-  Label: 'Bureau B'
-  Genre: 'Dance' -  Release Date: '3.9.21.'

Our Rating:
Harmonious Thelonious is the project of Stefan Schwander, the Dusseldorf based producer, to create music from around the globe without the music being specific to any one place or culture, while finding something purely joyful from the musical impurity. This collection spans the projects life from 2008 onwards.

The album opens with Ayranman that is a very tribal mantra style rhythmic drumming tune with some bird calls and other additional percussive elements as well as some synth sounds to help get everyone moving together.

Beilaufige Muziek starts with a gentle pulse like rhythm that then slowly builds as more elements are added to the very basic structure to allow you to start moving in time with it as it slowly snakes across your speakers as you try to figure out if they are hitting oil cans or soup tins or something else entirely.

Halb Ding has a funkier sound for the central repeating figure to work around with some Moroccan style pipe calls like a dance floor muezzin as everything gravitates towards the tower of sounds.

Harmony Labelle has the feel of The Master Musicians of Jajouka melded with some of the rhythms used by Trans Global Underground to get a great tribal trance feel going.

Abel is the most string driven tune so far almost with the feel of being the soundtrack to a middle of the night haunted house adventure as the spooky noises make you jump in the dark.

Apakapa is underpinned by a bassline that grooves and drives everything else along as the weird squiggly noises and insistent percussion get going like Ultramarine married to Loop Guru and engaged in the endless search for the perfect dancefloor rhythm and the best way to incorporate Pharoah Sanders eastern music into their sound.

Yusuf is a dancefloor banger with an Egyptian twist or two as a snake charming melody emerges from the trance inducing main tune.

Some Blue Beats is exactly what it says it is, only it isn't a Bluebeat tune, more beats taken from a selection of Blue Note records and re-imagined for the Outer-National dancefloors of the future.

Find out more at http://www.bureau-b.com/harmonious_thelonious.php https://harmoniousthelonious.bandcamp.com/

  author: simonovitch

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