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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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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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