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TODDLA T "FABRICLIVE 47" (FABRIC)
 
Toddla T makes skankdom a thing to praise. It's not as though my summoning of the word is the first time "skank" or some such variant has been applied to Toddla T. His sound is, indeed, rather skanky. But it's high-end, infused-with-energy, hell-of-hooks, driven, masterfully produced brand of skank. With a root mien that puts on the face of house's atmosphere but hauls in everything but the kitchen sink, this Toddla T appearance in Fabric's live series is as unique as it is compelling. Drum-n-bass, reggae, hip-hop, disco and someone should really start a dance style called kitchen sink so I could make a good joke here (of course, Toddla T would have to have employed "kitchen sink" on this disc, but anyway ... Toddla T's spot-on DJ work and immaculate track selection makes this unlike any other CD you've heard this year (and I honestly think I can say that - it's original and distinctive that I'm confident you haven't stumbled on to anything quite like this lately, regardless of who or where you are). A nasty sound expressed through focused production values is what this is. It's SUPPOSED to be nasty. And by nasty, I don't mean a grungy or gritty sound, because this is actually some fairly slick stuff (but not obnoxiously teflon, just so you know); it's the charisma of the CD that comes off that way - as the Toddla intended. This is classy trash that churns with zealous grooves and and dynamic surges of energy. Texturally, this is also a masterwork. On every level, Toddla T's "FabricLive 47" is a spitfire of a dance CD, and it's genre-sidestepping, fine production, robust personality and mondo energy make it one of the year's high-ranking releases.-- review by Kristofer Upjohn


   

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