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Cosm

6 Song EP

(Pseudo Recordings; US: 1 Jan 2003; UK: Unavailable)

Tea & Techno

Remember the drum n’ bass movement?  Remember it when it was infused with jazz guitar riffing?  No?  Then you probably haven’t heard of Cosm.  Almost as if Aphex Twin was hired to write music to play overhead at Starbucks, the group marry a strong Zero 7-type sense of melodicism with club-ready beat work, making a delicious new sound that does the rare feat of being perfect for arty coffee-sipping or just flat-out dancing.  On this great 2003 release, “Divinity” is the obvious highlight, but the dark and cinematic “My Demons” shows a large amount of depth to their sound, with Wendy J’s vocals soaring without ever dominating any given track.  Two fairly pointless remixes round out the six-song EP, but overall it’s a strong debut release.  The group has since moved in a more hip-hop direction, but this will stand as a calling card of a unique group ready and willing to take risks—and boy do we need a few more of those.

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and multiple national newspapers. Evan has been a guest on RevotTV's "Revolt Live!" as well as WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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