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The Nostalgia 77 Octet

Weapons of Jazz Destruction

(Tru Thoughts; US: Available as import; UK: 19 Nov 2007)

With the third album from the classy Nostalgia 77 Octet, Benedic Lamdin has proven himself to be not just one of Tru Thoughts’ brightest stars, but one of Britain’s future knights. The improvement of skill as a musical mastermind from his first comparatively synthetic album as Nostalgia 77, to this glowing work of elegant, old school jazz is as obvious as Mike Huckabee’s fascist agenda. Gawd bless the 2004 cover of “Seven Nation Army” Ben made with Alice Russell, but these Weapons Of Jazz Destruction blow it away with every single orchestration of poetry café, cat on a table, finger-snapping charm. It’s like a soundtrack to a long lost Steve McQueen detective flick. This album is so addictive, it could’ve got Miles Davis in his prime off the junk. When house producer and Tru boss Will “Quantic” Holland founded the Quantic Soul Orchestra, he did so to “put something back” after years of greedy sampling. With just this one album, Benedic has himself covered for years in that regard. He can do no wrong.

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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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