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Sultan: Yoshitoshi Montreal

Yoshitoshi Montreal, Sultan's dancey ode to the"Sin City" of Canada, feels like an exercise in cliched beats.


Sultan

Yoshitoshi Montreal

Label: Yoshitoshi
US Release Date: 2007-09-25
UK Release Date: 2007-10-15
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Yoshitoshi Montreal is an ode that plays like an exercise. The object of its affection is the titular metropolis, Canada’s own “Sin City”. The artist paying tribute is Sultan, a local DJ who has helped cultivate his home’s thriving dance scene since 2000. Sultan’s seven EPs, many remixes, and lengthy tours -- during ‘07 he touched down in Asia, Australia, and both continental Americas -- exemplify his energetic devotion to craft and country. But on his latest, he goes crosswise. The beats simply don't spring to life. Yoshitoshi’s tiring stream of glitzy, bince-bince thumps makes Montreal out to be a clichéd and indistinct party locale. Throughout the 14 originals and remixes, Sultan brings scant variation. His rhythms are boringly streamlined and mechanical, and might be better suited to score a choreographed trance than vigorous dancing. By the end, Montreal survives with its hot rep intact while Sultan’s takes a couple blows.

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