MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE - TIDES ARISING


E-mail this post



Remember me (?)



All personal information that you provide here will be governed by the Privacy Policy of Blogger.com. More...



Album: Tide's Arising
Artist: Mark de Clive-Lowe
-------------------------------------------

Before getting my hands on his new album, Tide's Arising, I knew nothing about Mark De Clive-Lowe. Here's what I know now: he's half Japanese, half New Zealander, lives in West London, has classical piano training, released his debut album Six Degrees in 2000, and is a respected producer/musician in the dance/DJ/beats type music scene. Or more precisely, he's well respected on the nu-jazz, nu-house, future-jazz, or nu-skool jazz music scenes as all these terms are mentioned in his bio. But I don't really know much (anything) about those musical genres so I'll start out by saying musically, the album reminds me of Jamiroquai or perhaps a more electro Brand New Heavies. Not sure if other people would agree with those comparisons, just my opinion.

I should say I was pleasantly surprised by Tide's Arising. Not knowing anything about him, and with a name like Mark de Clive-Lowe, I sort of expected him to be some kind of French trance DJ. I was prepared to put on some enormous pants and break a glow stick to listen to the album, but thankfully that wasn't necessary. This album is much funkier then I expected and I'm not sure I'd call it dance music, even though that's probably where it would commonly be classified. It's certainly drum or beat centric, but more in a soul or jazz way than on the dance/trance tip.

Musically, this album is pretty diverse, not just uptempo house sounding tracks, so that's why I'd hesitate to call it dance music. Traveling and State Of The Mental are uptempo, almost house sounding but Quintessential and Heaven are more laid back soul songs. Quintessential is a cool song, with its rolling bass line that sounds like it was pulled from an old MC Breed song, on top of some choppy drums, and some Spanish sounding guitar. Pino + Mashi features an organ that makes it sound like an instrumental track off a Beastie Boys album. For fans of the bongos there's 4 Y U, which has solid bongo action and some quality flute.

I can't say I'm familiar with the vocal talent De Clive-Lowe has assembled for this album, but they certainly do a good job. London "future jazz" (seriously they need a better name for that) songstress is the most frequent guest, appearing on four songs. She shows off her versatility as well, singing at light speed for State of The Mental and slowing it down for Heaven (one of my favorites). Abdul Shyllon appears on three songs and could hold his own with any American neo-soul singer you could think of.

So there you have it, Mark De Clive-Lowe's Tide's Arising is definitely worth a listen. Don't be scared off by his French trance DJ sounding name, I've learned my lesson. If you're into beat oriented music at all, you should seek this out. It's a great record for the summer too, should put you in the mood to get out and enjoy the sunshine.


0 Responses to “MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE - TIDES ARISING”

Leave a Reply

      Convert to boldConvert to italicConvert to link

 


Latest


WEEZER - MAKE BELIEVE
ZION I - TRUE & LIVIN'
BEN HARPER AND THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA - LIVE AT THE APOLLO
BECK - GUERO
LIKWIT JUNKIES - THE L.J.'s
M WARD - TRANSISTOR RADIO
DINCO - THE BLACK PIRATE KING JAMES
SAGE FRANCIS - A HEALTHY DISTRUST
JACK JOHNSON - IN BETWEEN DREAMS
RIVIERA REGIME - THUGZ OF WAR

Archives


12/01/2004 - 12/31/2004
01/01/2005 - 01/31/2005
02/01/2005 - 02/28/2005
03/01/2005 - 03/31/2005
04/01/2005 - 04/30/2005
05/01/2005 - 05/31/2005
06/01/2005 - 06/30/2005
07/01/2005 - 07/31/2005
08/01/2005 - 08/31/2005
09/01/2005 - 09/30/2005
10/01/2005 - 10/31/2005
11/01/2005 - 11/30/2005
12/01/2005 - 12/31/2005
01/01/2006 - 01/31/2006
02/01/2006 - 02/28/2006
03/01/2006 - 03/31/2006
04/01/2006 - 04/30/2006
05/01/2006 - 05/31/2006

Links



ATOM 0.3