23 Skidoo Dawning(Virgin)
Though taken from an Aleister Crowley book, the name 23 Skidoo always felt more evocative of some obscure Finnish football team. This, though, was back in the early-'80s, when the London collective were fusing the gamelan percussive ethic with sampling and industrial diktats in cahoots with Cabaret Voltaire, and hell, they felt as chilly as a freezerload of Fox's Glacier Mints. Back after a 16-year hiatus, the effects of global warming are here for all to see. 'Dawning' is a snoozy hip-hop slope-along, in thrall to the meditative saxophone skills of every aspirational hep-cat's fave hornblower Pharoah Sanders. Impeccably realised stuff, but one suspects that under the wrong climatic conditions this would be about as compelling as watching mud crack.
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