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Trüby Trio - Elevator Music


Review: Jack Foley

IT'S a bold move for any musical collective to call an album Elevator Music, particularly as the term is used in quite derogatory terms when levelled at artists such as Moby (unfairly, to my mind) - yet this is what dance-based threesome, Trüby Trio have decided to do.

It almost dares the listener to level such accusations at it, before pulling a neat trick and pulling the carpet right out from under them.

Elevator Music is not your typical dance album, in that it is not composed of one particular style - just when you think you have it nailed down, it changes direction.

Hence, there are elements of Latin rhythm, drum 'n' bass, house and jazz - all combining to make the album something of a headspinning experience; but one which forces you to sit up and take notice.

Trüby Trio was formed in 1997, when Rainer Trüby, the head guy at Compost Records, teamed up with the Fauna Flash/Voom:Voom duo, Roland Appel and Christian Prommer.

Since then, they have collaborated with the likes of Nitin Sawhney, Peace Orchestra and Bebel Gilberto - delivering plenty of remixes, as well as the soundtrack score of the movie, Anatomie, featuring Franka Potente.

Their debut album has therefore been a long time in coming, but marks something worth talking about now that it is here.

Elevator Music kicks off proper with the track Universal Love, featuring Marcus Begg, which harks back to the late 70s/early 80s boogie disco sound of the Jackson 5, and which sets the feelgood tone from the outset.

Yet it doesn't really get going until track five, the former single, Jaleo - a glorious Flamenco-inspired session, rammed full of intoxicating Spanish guitars and Concha Buika's lush vocals.

It is here that the Latin spirit is set free and one can imagine the Flamenco-flavoured dance clubs of London pulsating with the sound of the Trio this summer. It is almost guaranteed to get you dancing.

Likewise, Alegre 2003 and A Festa - the latter of which fuses a Brazilian funkiness with some hard-hitting drum 'n' bass, as well as the bongos of New York's Mike T. It makes for an explosive catalyst guaranteed to add to the sweatiness on the dancefloor.

Make A Move is described by the Trio themselves as an 'orgy of rhythm' and it's easy to see why - the track mixes a dub intro with some brass breaks and a 17-piece Latin orchestra. It is a sprawling mess of a record, which somehow remains likeable, thanks to the Latin flava.

And things reach an all-time high with the old club-ad hit, A Go-Go (used in the United Nations Development Program's charity spot, The Most Beautiful Gesture, featuring soccer pros Ronaldo and Zidane), which really brings down the house - you can just feel an early David Holmes vibe running through it, while recalling the flashy, Samba-style soccer skills of its football stars. It's that funky.

Proceedings beocme a little more chilled with the soulful Bad Luck, featuring the supremely laidback vocals of Joseph Malik, while Lover Uncovered marks the return of Marcus Begg and expertly merges soul with R 'n' B.

I could go on, but you've probably got the idea. Elevator Music is nothing like its title suggests, only rarely slipping into the mundane, with overly-repetitive tracks such as the afro-beat laden Runnin', or New Music, which seems tailor-made for the early morning Ibiza club crowd.

Yet they are but minor blips in an otherwise beautiful musical landscape which really ought to be discovered.

Track listing:
1. The Rhythm Part One
2. Universal Love - Feat. Marcus Begg
3. New Music
4. Runnin' - Feat. Wunmi
5. Jaleo - Feat. Concha Buika
6. Alegre 2003 - Feat. Marcia Montez
7. A Festa
8. Make A Move - Feat. Wunmi
9. A Go Go
10. Bad Luck - Feat. Joseph Malik
11. Lover Uncovered - Feat. Marcus Begg
12. The Swingin´Feel
13. Cruisin'
14. Satisfaction
15. The Rhythm Part Two

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