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Azaxx

The Exotic Delight Bay

(Tru Thoughts; US: 21 Apr 2009; UK: 3 Sep 2009)

This album could only be released by Tru Thoughts. French MPC producer Azaxx takes the bubbly house of label mainstay Will “Quantic” Holland and drags it through the funky side of ‘70s Brazil, coming out the other side dripping with samba and sunshine, and underneath the handclaps, bongos, and shakers, there is more bass than any deejay could wish for. His command of samples, from selection to arrangement, is as flawless as humanly possible. He makes it easy to forget the facts of its creation and simply boogie down to the global village grooves. To be sure, Exotic Delight Bay is a butt-wiggling party in a box as sure to please South America as Brighton. Umbrella adorned frosty cocktails not included.

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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys, with a butt that won't quit.


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