Drunken Monkey / Orquestations For A Strange World
Album: Orquestations For A Strange World   Collection:General
Artist:Drunken Monkey   Added:Jan 2009
Label:Splintered Tree Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-03-15 Pull Date: 2009-05-17 Charts: Electronic
Week Ending: May 10 May 3 Apr 26 Apr 19 Mar 29 Mar 22
Airplays: 1 1 3 2 2 8

Recent Airplay
1. May 03, 2009: The Twilight Zone
Sigma 7
4. Apr 23, 2009: Happy Hour
Red Truck Black Bus
2. Apr 27, 2009: In-Somnia
A Jubilee
5. Apr 22, 2009: Getting Over the Hump
Dream Funk
3. Apr 25, 2009: Insomniacs Unite
Sigma 7
6. Apr 18, 2009: Music Casserole
Red Truck Black Bus

Album Review
miss piggy
Reviewed 2009-03-05
Drunken Monkey: Orquestrations for a Strange World Vol. 1 & 2
Splintered Tree Records

This double-CD is a slightly older release from Drunken Monkey (as he visited in December '08 and gave me several releases). This release, however, should be taken in as a complete symphony rather than an album of separate tracks. Each track flows into another in this 2-hour electro-trip. It's mostly electro & breaks (his signature), and some forays into other genres like trip/hip-hop & exotic sounds. All very innovative and very interesting when experienced as a whole. My favorite has got to be #8 on CD 1, but play & enjoy.

CD #1: Try: 2,5,6,7,8,9
1. Synth intro - a bit new-age/sci-fi
2. Slammin' breaks goodness w/ spacecraft radio communications
3. Spoken snippets, warbly synths, beat picks up & gets rapid towards end
4. Far-out electro meandering, gets into some beat crunchiness in the middle
5. Spacey exotica, spoken dialogue samples, snappy beats, warm
6. Kraftwerkian beat textures. A simple smooth soft synth wash.
7. Quasi-industrial. Harsh & crunchy - and awesome.
8. A Western-esque guitar wank and the grindy-est bass tones ever
9. Lush synths and gentle breakbeats, with dialogue samples in Hebrew (?)

NOTE: CD #2 descriptions are on back.

CD #2: Try: 3,4,6,9
1. A little intro - Breakbeats increasing in thumpy-ness
2. Sparse trip-hop. Slow downtempo bass-beats w/ electro-analog warblings.
3. Loosely patterned drum & bass. Synth flutters & twitters.
4. Spacey trip-hop w/ catchy little melody & fem vocal accents
5. Tripped-out hip-hop w/ chill tempo & relaxed rhyme
6. Jazz meets electronic wonkyness - strange but cool
7. Sparse and loose dub tempo w/ occasional spacey synths
8. Driving beats, wailing vocal, insistent synths & bass
9. 1st half - has a goofy yet catchy vibe with some smack-y breaks; 2nd half is a soft folky guitar ballad

FYI: Drunken Monkey was my guest on KZSU back in December '08 and gave us his discography on CD. He is a talented local DJ/producer whose tastes range from breaks, electro, house, trip-hop, drum & bass, world music, rock, and more. It's rare that I get a guest with the diversity & range that he has. So please explore his material and enjoy!

Track Listing
1. A Strange World   10. Sitar Stars
2. Sigma 7   11. Addiction
3. A Touch Of Madness   12. Gime
4. You Are What You Love   13. A Jubilee
5. Mountain Sky   14. Red Truck Black Bus
6. The Dub Side   15. Rock & Roll (Dark Scuba Mix)
7. Orquestations Pt. 1   16. Dream Funk
8. Pink Breaks   17. Harpie's Break
9. No Holy War   18. Did You Keep Me?