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Teeko & B. Bravo

Tempo Dreams Vol. 2

(Bastard Jazz; US: 14 Oct 2013; UK: 14 Oct 2013)

DJ Hip Hop Funk

Teeko and B.Bravo are two well-known DJs who take hip hop to modern funk through the turntables. On their latest release, the duo feature the works of new artists like Starship Connection, Rojai & E. Live, and Bayonics. The music can have a slow, syrupy vibe and then bounce into something fresh with a beat.


Many of the cuts border on the surreal, such as Mugpush featuring Black Spade’s “Came Too Far” that goes from personal narrative to interior monologue as the vocals become stretched like Silly Putty and the measured pulse gets lost into something strange. This makes a certain amount of sense for an album called Tempo Dreams as the shifting cadences lie at the heart of the auteur’s sensibilities. The swells and fades create pleasant enough ambiances, but the Morpheus-like rhythms may leave one in a trance. For listeners in the right mood, the slowing of the clock will bless them with bliss.

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Steven Horowitz has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he continues to teach a three-credit online course on "Rock and Roll in America". He has written for many different popular and academic publications including American Music, Paste and the Icon. Horowitz is a firm believer in Paul Goodman's neofunctional perspective on culture and that Sam Cooke was right, a change is gonna come.


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