23 Skidoo Dawning(Virgin)

23 Skidoo


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.

Keith Cameron

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