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Albarn, Damon & Einar Orn Benediktsson : 101 Reykjavik
Gorillaz singer's low-key soundtrack
Pieced together in a week, 101 Reykjavik is largely spontaneous electronic mood-music, played on melodica, sequencer, and yes, Einar's trumpet. It only begins to grate when Albarn insists on reprising the tune to The Kinks' 'Lola' - for the third time - in a skankin' dub stylee.
But the real draw here is the handful of remixes from Icelandic luminaries: Emiliana Torrini swaddles '101 Reykjavik Theme' in trippy ethereality; Curver splatters rather good Kid606-style distorto-drum'n'bass over the face of 'Bar Beaten'; and Minus force-feeds 'Bar Flight' with liquor and pushes it into the pub-rock moshpit.
Doubtless, it all sounds fine in the film, but you can't help wishing that Mr Albarn would stop arsing around and make some proper pop records again. Congrats, Damon, you really are a Jack of all trades. And you know what that means, don't you?
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