This compilation CD is an audio snapshot of the Toneburst crew's musical explorations. The sounds reflect Toneburst's fierce eclecticism., strolling from lackadaisical hiphop to chronic jungle paranoia with plenty of detours into dubtronic territory. Open your ears with DJ Flack's abstract hiphop bolstered by sale-bin samples. Next up, Embryo chants down Babylon with skittering drum 'n bass and oversized beats, /rupture brings dark dirt back to the jungle, and Oajamoj delivers down tempo hypnotica. The crew continues as Mike & Stu revive the raw, edgy energy of free jazz into a darkside format and Spool's drum 'n space machinations spiral into overload. Closing out the compilation, Scuzzy & ESP lay down cozy blankets of bass in sharp contrast to the acidic wreckstep of Electro Organic Sound System.
this comp Boston stakes a claim as a hotbed of experimental drum &
bass activity. (The Toneburst crew shows) that American junglists
are gaining ground on their British counterparts."
Paper Magazine cites Toneburst as part of a "brooding underground waiting to explode."
named Toneburst Collective are a gathering of DJs, electronic musicians,
and video & installation artists from the Boston underground. From
experimental downtempo abstractions and squishy pulsations to slaughtering
jungle beats, this 14 track disk has it all. Tracks build from otherworldly
excursions which swirl around your eardrums through to breakneck d&b
then slowly wind down like dying batteries in a walkman to ooze nonsensical
vocals, elegantly constructed electronic ambience and computers going
haywire.If you'd like to take a trip without packing any bags, then
seek this out."
collective has an incredibly cohesive, though varied sound. All I'm
left wondering is how did these guys learn to feed mushrooms to thier
has picked up from where the illbient scene was last noticed, and
has moved it toward an eclectic sound that easily transcends the former."
sleeping giant is no longer asleep"
The following is an exherpt from a February 1998 article in the Boston Phoenix:
"...The 14-track Toneburst Collective CD, represents a ferociously eclectic body of work. The "Sand in the Sampler" remix of Electro Organic Sound System's "Percussive Waves" by /rupture is a terrifying excursion toward ragga jungle territory that mixes abusive pools of static with Arabic flutes, vocal samples, and an off-kilter snatch of the '80s multi-artist famine-relief hit "We Are the World." Spool head in a completely different direction with "Red/Blue," which layers chewy synth lines over drill 'n' bass for a mix reminiscent of the weirdstep jungle being done by England's Plug. Ojamoj deconstructs a hip-hop groove on "Googly," and DJ Flack offers tongue-in-cheek juxtapositions of everything from the Hank Williams samples of "Apollo Hank Funk" to the space-age hip-hop beats of "Glue Hawaii," which sounds like a Rastafarian merry-go-round gone haywire."
"'Apollo Hank Funk,' one of DJ Flack's cuts on the Toneburst Collective compilation (BlissRecordings), is a sonic collage glued together by a voice intoning 'carefully selected if not documented samples' over a beat sliced up from, of all things, Hank Williams guitar licks. The track, with its application of pre-millennial breakbeat science to a familiar country riff, is a perfect introduction to the work of Toneburst...
...One of the CD's highlights is a collaboration between Mike Esposito (ESP, Embryo/Spool) and Stu Brown, a drummer from Scotland. "Hundreds of Them (All Over the Place)" cranks out a growling, distorted bass line with an Ornette Coleman-sounding alto-sax squawk. The scratch and clatter of this track points to a collision of the aggressive remix ethic of jungle with the raw, virtuosic energy of free jazz. You might call it jazzy jungle, but it digs into more adventurous sample territory than LTJ Bukem's fusions of Kenny G ripoffs and jungle beats. Esposito says that his musical aim "is to continue to do jungle stuff, but not jungle per se . . . to find ways to work with the techniques and methods [of jungle] but not the same exact music."
dj flack - last call canyon
embryo - babylon
electro organic sound system - percussive waves (/rupture's sand in the sampler mix)
ojamoj - sicherheitshinweise
mike and stu - hundreds of them (all over the place)
dj flack - apollo hank funk
/rupture - broken beats
spool - red/blue
dj flack - glue hawaii
ojamoj - googly
dj flack - vortex pully
scuzzy & esp - slopyard
electro organic sound system - one sound becomes many
dj flack - melancholy path
That's over 73 minutes of deep dubtronix-inflected wreckstepping instrumental beatz for your listening enjoyment.