Thursday, December 14, 2000

Review - Elevator

Artist: Titan

Posted on Thu, Dec 14, 2000 at 4:00 AM

Elevator
Label: Virgin
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Elevator

Like French dance-floor kitsch maestros Air, Mexico City's Titan maintains a supreme dual focus on both the fun and the funk. While other groove merchants trade on sloppy sonic references to the fat-bottom sound of the '70s, Titan manages to conjure up Starsky and Hutch without a trace of self-awareness. Titan builds its eclectic sound upon a broad base of guitar, horns, samples, loops and whacked-out vocals. If it doesn't make you shake your dinero-maker, it's thrown in the trash heap.

With titles such as "C'mon Feel the Noise" (in which they actually sample the Starsky and Hutch theme), "1000 Ninjas" and "La Frequencia del Amor," it's clear the group isn't harboring any artful pretensions. The fat, wiggly synthetic musical day-trips were recorded with the aid of a pedigreed cadre of producers, including Craig Borrell and Ross Harris (a.k.a. Sukia) and Disposable Heroes of Hipocrisy and Spearhead main man Michael Franti. When Titan lays the grooves on sunny side very much up, you just know it's got sol. Get squiggly wit' it!

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