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ARTIST
TITLE
The King of the New Electric Hi-Life
FORMAT
CD

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PING 012CD PING 012CD
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RELEASE DATE
7/16/2007

"After two records, he takes the step towards making music only under his own name. Now Vanishing Breed is called A.J. Holmes. Furthermore, the bold album title The King of the New Electric Hi-Life tells the listener: here's someone who takes royal pride in presenting his music, and that music is West-African Hi-Life folk tradition imbued in finest electronica. The King of the New Electric Hi-Life is West-African tradition turned into a contemporary example of British/European modern pop: this is the formula from which A.J. Holmes develops irresistible dance tracks like 'Lumumba Berlin Sex City,' instrumentals with a fragile swing like 'Schloss Lanke,' pop tunes with earworm qualities like 'For Export Only,' or heart-warming love songs like 'Nino.' However, A.J. Holmes isn't only one, but many, because the album has just as many different faces, atmospheres and ethnic influences as the currently Berlin-based Brit himself. Anne Laplantine as well as João Orecchia, Robert Truscott and Shintaro Taketani support him musically, and his tracks are crowned by his own emotional and sometimes self-ironic lyrics."