Artist: Force of Nature
Release: The Forces of Nature
Format: Double LP
Cat no: exlp0306
a1: A Dark Nebula
b2: A cell
d1: Strong-Arm Method
d2: A Light Source
Force of Nature are KZA and DJ Kent, long-time pals with a shared interest music that veers into the territory of the dangerously obsessive.
Opening up with the broken-beat of ‘A Dark Nebula’, it soon becomes obvious that FON are not content to just sample old snippets of rare groove and feed them through the retro-mixer. No way, this is up-tempo dance music that takes the musical flourishes of jazz and glues them to a tight, syncopated drum pattern that will work just as well on the dancefloor as in your headphones. The third track, ‘Mystique’ meanwhile, goes even further, using 808 drums to create a future house beat that sounds like it was made in Cologne, not Tokyo. In fact, techno – in its most funky guise, is obviously a big inspiration on ‘Loopaddition’ – yet KZA and Kent instil in it a subtlety that most producers can only dream of. Check the Paperclip People-style grooves of ‘Spirit’ for evidence.
Beauty abounds in Force of Nature’s work too and you’ll hear plenty of it on the excellent ‘Aquatic’, a slow motion Rhodes-drenched journey that weaves bells, warm bass and gorgeous melodies into a rolling whole, tailor made for one of those Ibizan cafés that sell five quid glasses of Coke. Think Carl Craig’s remix of Incognito’s ‘Out of the Storm’ and you’re close.
The references from Detroit, London and the Republic of Jazz are obviously in evidence, but ‘The Forces of Nature’ is by no means a boring spotters record for those weedy blokes who spend all their lives in record shops, trying to get matey with the arrogant bastard behind the counter. No, this is an LP for everybody – from the most serious jazz fan to the bloke who just wants something nice to listen to when he gets home after a hard day’s work.
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Other exceptional releases by Force of Nature:
Loopaddiction - 12"
A Dark Nebula - 12"
The Forces of Nature - CD
The Forces of Nature - Double LP