Hop-Frog's Drum Jester Devotional CD reviewed by Howard Wuelfing

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Hop-Frog's Drum Jester Devotional CD reviewed by Howard Wuelfing
Apr 20, 2009, 08:58



Context, context, context! If Hop-Frog's Drums Jester Devotional's Bets OV Volume 1 had been released in 1997 or thereabouts, it would have been justly heralded as a groundbreaking synthesis of cutting-edge underground dance technique and Mediterranean traditional music. It is indeed comprised of loops off of world music records, remixed with 10-year-old trance tricks.

All of it is seemly enough because the source materials are well chosen and puissant; carnatic music from Southern India, the Master Musicians of Jajouka, the Jajouka women's chorus, and so on. I think I own every CD that Hop-Frog's grabbed his samples from (except the one that sounds like a Cure loop…a CURE loop?!). And the remixing is competent if not innovative, dropping a variety of hip hop breaks, guitar riffs and vocal material on top of the basic sources. It's enough to keep listener interest engaged but, just barely and no fresh aesthetic ground is broken whatsoever.

I'm sure that if you were drunk-as-fuck and this is what some club's PA was pumping you'd accept it willingly as reasonable hipster wallpaper. For home listening—Hop-Frog's interpolations only weaken and distract from the power of his sources because none of his work is anything more than pat and workmanlike. [Urck]

-Howard W.


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  1. JM says:

    I had a lot of fun making this music.
    I'll have even more fun framing this dumb review, ha!

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