Boomkat Product Review:
The newest Musikkrause release comes from Ian Simmonds, who since the early nineties has been all over the world as producer and spinner, mixing classic and futuristic visions. As Juryman he brought together dub, techno, house, broken-beat, nujazz, film music, soul, afro beat, and was courted by labels such as Studio k7!, Ntone, SSR, and Compost among others which promoted ian simmonds' albums, eps' and remixes most everywhere. Ian Simmonds knows exactly how club jazz should sound, digs a rounded bass, and for “The Dog” offsets this jazzual drum motif with a submariner’s angle on dub bossa. Knife edge strings sustain an infinite tension, and the feeling persists into the sleek meditations of the Annete Peacock influenced title track. “The Dragon” offers a touch of mourning yielding hope, a broken and fixed beat sits beneath some benign vocal from the Ekonda women of Kinshasa, the beat is circular and giddy, and settles us for the finale. Add to all of the above Metaboman’s inspiring remix of “International Girls” all rattling and a shaking, electricity is traced back to the very source of rhythm, an almost voodoo house experience, perhaps recasting Fela Kuti as a visionary software designer. Metaboman carries all before him as usual.