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Bring Me The Moon


This is the second full-length album from France's Matzak. The smart Frenchman and full-time professional pharmacist knows best about the alchemy of an eclectic combination, and the well-balanced mix of the necessary ingredients. His open-hearted and inviting debut album Life Beginnings (BOXER 047CD) was a kind of "omnium gatherum" he skillfully combined with a most appealing result. On Bring Me The Moon, Matzak applies a far more broader spectrum: he makes the sounds literally breathe, and gives each track its very own, individual pace with alternating straight and broken beats, smooth, delicious melodies and perfect bass lines. In other words: marvelous swinging sounds for your body and mind. The album-opener "On The Sofa" starts with a fitness-clubbish bass. Sometimes it pretends to be the illegitimate grandson of the Beastie Boys, sometimes to be Moloko's secret twin-sister. And without feeling guilty, Matzak even turns the radio on in order to entertain the first guests -- Californian singer Tori adds a few superbly-placed vocal lines, in addition to Sourya and Forensic. But instead of getting stuck and well-fed at the foyer, "Unpredictable Sunday" and "Disco Mobster" start boarding the main floor. Rolling strings and a fresh monster bass are the first signs of a deep euphoria. Matzak slows down and starts all over again in a completely different way with "In The Jazz Garden," featuring a virtuoso piano. Matzak enriches the romantically rainy "Argos" and the precisely funky title track with so many vitamins, that in the end, the listener is convinced that he has discovered a long-lost DJ Shadow song. But apart from the nicely pastel-colored atmospheres, Matzak never forgets the floor: with "Stockholm 1973 Rework," a vivid vocal song, or "Magneto," a funky, stumbling track, he presents two stunning draft versions of what might become the best club tunes ever. You won't believe your ears when you listen to this wealth of ideas.