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Sound Mirrors
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CD

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ZEN 115CD ZEN 115CD
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RELEASE DATE
2/20/2006

"Let's just say it right at the start. In Sound Mirrors Coldcut have made the best album of their long and illustrious career. Their production has never sounded better, their ideas have never been more varied or interesting, they've never had such a great cast of guests and then integrated them into their sound so well. Jon More and Matt Black lay it all out on the table with the lead-off single 'Everything Is Under Control,' where guests Jon Spencer (of 'Blues Explosion' fame) and rapper Mike Ladd rev up a chugging hip hop rock template that nods back to classics like 'Beats & Pieces' while giving them a raucous, contemporary edge. The following singles showcase just how diverse this record is. With 'True Skool' Roots Manuva drops a heavyweight performance, obviously reveling in Coldcut's grasp of the interface between the classic and the bubblegum. 'Man In A Garage' sees John Matthias give a beautiful, low key, folk-edged performance while Coldcut hook up a rhythm that wouldn't sound out of place on an Aaliyah record. The summer 2006 dancefloor hit, 'Walk A Mile,' features the legendary Robert Owens on an epic, building, hands in the air, push-up-ya-lighters tune that amply demonstrates the duo's understanding of pop music but also its interface with rave's euphoric sweep. That, though, is just the singles. The rest of the album swings back and forth between the beautifully subtle piece, 'Mr. Nichols' (which features a superb, deadpan piece of writing from Saul Williams) to the title track, 'Sound Mirrors,' a swirling, psychotic piece of instrumental music which sounds like Tricky's Maxinquaye album performed by the London Philharmonic."