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Bienvenida [F Communications] (5413356794229)

  • 1. Esmeralda (Meet You at the Fun Fair)
    2. Maybe - (Tape Mix)
    3. I Think - (Dorfmeister & Alexkid Remix, remix)
    4. Fear in Flight
    5. Arbor, Pt. 1
    6. Bienvenida
    7. U's Variation
    8. Not Every Angel
    9. Strawberry Lane
    10. Night Lines
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1370142020

  • Credits
    ProducerAlexis Mauri; Richard Dorfmeister

    Personnel includes: Hanifah Walidah (vocals); Alexis Maurl (guitar, bass, Fender Rhodes, keyboards, programming); Stefane Goldman (guitar); Renaud Pion (flute, tenor saxophone); Christian Lechevretel (trumpet, bugle); Jean-Phillipe Rykiel (keyboards); Michael Sanchez (electric bass); Brunno Rousselet (double bass); Phillippe Monrose (percussion).
    Personnel: Ursula Rucker (spoken vocals); Alexis Mauri (guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, programming, sampler); Stefan Goldman (wah-wah guitar); Renaud Pion (flute, tenor saxophone); Christian Lechevretel (trumpet, bugle, trombone); Readymade (Fender Rhodes piano); Jean-Philippe Rykiel (keyboards); Richard Dorfmeister (Moog synthesizer, programming); Michel Sanchez (electric bass); Yvo Abadi, Philippe Monrose (percussion); DJSeep (scratches).
    Recording information: G-Stone Studio; G-stone Studio 2, Vienna, Austria; Liquid Studio; Taklab; Taklab Mkii; Trevise Street, Paris, France.
    Photographer: Alexis Mauri.
    Using electronic tools to make electronic music that isn't meant to sound electronic, but rather organic, used to be the path to folly. Now, a great many artists (an abnormal number of whom record for F Comm) have paved that way, developing techniques that allow for a single producer and perhaps a handful of guest musicians to actually sound like a full samba orchestra from outer space. As an accomplished musician, Alexis Mauri knows right where the line is drawn between the natural sounds of acoustic instruments and the unnatural sounds of synthesized modules. And on his debut album, he stays safely on the left. Whether creating the loopy disco lick of "Esmeralda" or the dubby strut of "Strawberry Lane," it's hard not to picture a full group of seasoned musicians riffing through each cut. Yes, those are live horns on "Arbor, Pt. 1," and live double bass (courtesy of Brouno Rousselet) appears on most tracks. Even the inherently synthetic scratching on the soul ballad "Not Every Angel" is performed live by DJ Seep. Alexkid creates a hyper-talented musical world where natural instruments are played with supernatural precision and the mechanisms behind this perfection are carefully hidden from plain view. ~ Joshua Glazer

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (9/01, p.100) - "...Immaculately orchestrated..."
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