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Jazzanova and Dirk Rumpff

Broadcasting From Offtrack Radio

(Sonar Kollektiv; US: 22 Jan 2008; UK: 21 May 2007)

As its title indicates, Jazzanova and Dirk Rumpff’s mix Broadcasting From OFFtrack Radio is a tribute to the power of radio. The German DJ collective Jazzanova, themselves well-accustomed to radio as a medium, chose Rumpff to collaborate on this, their second Broadcasting release, out of love for his Internet radio program OFFtrack. The CD is meant to emulate a radio program, in a way, and one focused mostly on exclusive tracks. The sleek, atmospheric dance music which begins the set, from the likes of State River Widening and Rumpff’s own group Season, is less exciting than I expected, with little of that pure mystery of hearing strange new music over the airwaves. Instead, you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for generic lifestyle music, engineered for fashion shows or mall-shopping. As the CD proceeds, a hip-hop side appears and adds a bit more spark, slightly breaking through the cloud of innocuousness. Still, Broadcasting is ultimately less about showcasing any particular artist than about getting one basic sound across, casting a calm, stylish mood out from the speakers.

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Dave Heaton has been writing about music on a regular basis since 1993, first for unofficial college-town newspapers and DIY fanzines and now mostly on the Internet. In 2000, the same year he started writing for PopMatters, he founded the online arts magazine ErasingClouds.com, still around but often in flux. He writes music reviews for the print magazine The Big Takeover. He is a music obsessive through and through. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.


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