With their bigger and better second album, London-based indie/dance band Boxed In have earned their breakout moment
Destiny's Child Jumpin' Jumpin'(Columbia)
Jumpin' Jumpin' (Columbia)
State-of-the-art R&B production is veering increasingly close to the far fringes of left-field electronica, as these two honey-dripping masterpieces demonstrate.
Destiny's Child drop machine-tooled synchronised harmonies over a minimalist volley of percussive punches and sampled string stabs, giving the whole tune a pleasingly weightless and spring-loaded momentum.
But Aaliyah's pared-down moan is pure precision engineering, whispering her sultry slip of a
vocal over a sublime collage of muted bleeps and pneumatic
beats which wouldn't sound out of place in an underground German techno club. Uptown soul meets abstract art.
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