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  • Audio CD (March 5, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grand Central
  • ASIN: B00005UUXC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. The Girl Who Fell Through The Ice
3. What Do People Do All Day
4. No Restriction
5. Fall Break
6. Guimar
7. Good Disease
8. The Omen
9. Linctus
10. Vipco
11. A Twilight Zone
12. From A Seaside Town
13. Hinterland

Editorial Reviews

Album Description

2002 release that beautifully reflects Grand Central's commitment to funky, un-abrasive Hip Hop. Like a soundtrack Hinterland unfolds, changes its pace, and evokes a specific locality for its audience. Dark beats, hypnotic strings, soundtrack samples, and deep bass merge into a cohesive producers statement. On 'The Girl That Fell Through The Ice' Kate Rogers sings enigmatically over orchestrated strings. Diamond D displays his storytelling skills as he narrates Aim's haunting production on the 'Omen'. While Oakland's Souls Of Mischief turn in a classic appearance on 'No Restrictions' flipping tempos and rhyming with superb skill and fluidity. Hinterland is a progressive and contemplative album, tinged with remarkable soulful grooves, trip hop ballads, and emotive melodies.

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One thing's for sure: Hinterland is unlike any hip-hop album you've heard before. Aim man Andy Turner recorded this follow-up to his excellent debut album, Cold Water Music, in a private studio on the sleepy Barrow-In-Furness seafront, a hundred miles from the bustling hip-hop underground of Manchester, where he made his name. Rolling elements of vintage soul and Burt Bacharach-style songwriting into its grand design, Hinterland pulls out wild cards aplenty. "The Girl Who Fell Through the Ice" finds Turner looping a flourish of violins over frosty synths, as longtime Aim collaborator Kate Rogers wraps her tonsils around a chilled tale of doomed love. The upbeat "No Restriction" revives A Tribe Called Quest's flower-power past, with guesting rap crew Souls of Mischief offering clever, mischievous rhymes. Meanwhile, "Good Disease" strays right off the hip-hop map: a slick four minutes of R&B-tinted lounge music, it features an unexpected highlight in the form of a falsetto-high cameo from ex-Baby Bird man Stephen Jones. It's not for those that like their hip-hop raw, but Hinterland adds a very welcome bit of subversion to the traditional rap terrain. --Louis Pattison

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Steven Jones gets down into a boss 70's soul groove with "Good Disease".
Russell E. Scott
You can kind of see the similarity between Hinterland and Pet Sounds in the attention to detail in the music.
C. L. Hayes
It's just such an interesting album packed with originality, great contributions and some awesome tracks.
Ian Creamer

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian Creamer on May 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
There seems to be an overabundance of these sort of albums coming out right now from artists especially in the U.K. and France. The key reference point for all these albums seems to be Air's debut album "Moon Safari". Basically they take a certain line of lounge/jazz/chill out instrumentals and the other half brings in guest vocalists and rappers. Fortunately for Andy Turner-the main man behind Aim, this album has some originality and is not short of quality. It's not quite as jazz influenced as 4 Hero's last album nor is it as lounge styled as Kinobe's last album either. It sort of falls neatly between the two stools. The originality comes from some of the song structures and the unusual beats and rhythms used. In fact Mojo magazine aptly described this album as being 'Beatific'! The album encompasses a great variety of styles. It's amazing to hear track 2 the wonderfully titled "The Girl Who Fell Through The Ice" which is brilliantly sung by Kate Rogers. Here we have 6 minutes of pleasure where jazzy sounds meet trip hop beats all against a backdrop of glorious strings. It's one of the albums real highlights and there won't be many better individual tracks on albums this year. Then track 4 we have the complete contrast of hip hop beats fused with lounge sounds all furiously backed up by the rapping of the Souls Of Mischief. Ghetto/lounge sounds I haven't heard that combination to often if ever. I did enjoy the guest contributions more then the instrumental tracks. Track 7 has ex-Babybird singer Stephen Jones. It's another magical track. He sings with the gentlest of falsetto voices and his style has a certain funky quality. The music has lazy sax and gentle organs.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Russell E. Scott on March 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you're wondering when the best albums of the year come out, wait no longer. Along with Charles Webster's excellent BORN ON THE 24th OF JULY, Aim has set the marker rather high with his second solo effort, HINTERLAND. Following closely in the steps of his initial COLD WATER MUSIC, we start to get an idea of where the term "chilled" comes into play when fused with hip-hop of this nature. Urban beats are tempered with downtempo soul. Excellent vocals abound. Country side sensibilities kick in and add a touch of refinement, class, and polish, although not in a commercial sense. What we have here is something that emanates from the center out - touching many worlds. Kate Rogers is on board again as a guest vocalist and almost second member. Her "The Girl Who Fell Through The Ice" sets the tone for the album and the many worthy contributions that follow. The Souls of Mischief help spice up "No Restrictions". A major hip-hop statement; east coast, west coast, any coast. Steven Jones gets down into a boss 70's soul groove with "Good Disease". Not to be outdone, Diamond D does a splendiferous word-of-mouth on "The Omen". The real strength lies in the songwriting though. Cuts "What Do People Do All Day", "Fall Break", "Vipco", "Twilight Zone", and "Hinterland" take you on a musical journey unlike any other. The outer reaches of sonic bliss, some ethereal soundscape, lit only by the aurora borealis. The eternal night soundtrack.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fetish_2000 on October 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Producer "Andy Turner" followed up the wide acclaimed "Cold Water Music" debut with 2002's "Hinterland"....sticking Closely to the formula that won him so much critical acclaim, he creates another batch of songs, that work just as tremendously well as they did on "Cold Water Music" (possibly tracks that couldn't have fitted onto the first album). Maybe it's the reintroduction of mainstay "Kate Roger's" phenomenal vocal abilities, maybe it's the tighter production, or even the selection of underground rappers lending vocals to several tracks, or even possibly the unarguable magnificence of melodies & beat construction on display, but I personally give this album the very, very, very slimmest of margins, the nod over it's predecessor (although I'm in the minority), but either way!!!...this undoubtedly proves that "Aim" is a Trip-Hop act of par Excellence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
As exhibitied by others, it seems difficult to review this album without a comparison to Cold Water Music, so here goes. Cold Water Music hits you more immediately. Each track is distinct and harder. Hinterland is a more cohesive, mellow whole. And, in my opinion, more blunted. The one clear advantage CWM has over this release are the MC tracks. I love Diamond D, but his east-coast flow is NOTHING in comparison to the hell raised by AG on CWM. Anyway, if you like Aim's general approach, this album will grow on you. Cop it.
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By A Customer on March 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This release progresses some of the sounds that were introduced and hinted at on Cold Water Music. As a whole this album is more introspective and self-conscious. It has less of a hip-hop feel and is quite dark in places. Kate Rogers teams up again with Aim on the hauntingly beautiful "The Girl Who Fell Through the Ice". Linctus is a melodic and atmospheric piece that brings the tempo of the album right down to bare minimum. Souls of Mischief guest spot to combine for the trans-Atlantic production of No Restriction. This track is a little lighter in mood with its hip-hop infused rhymes. The Omen featuring Diamond D really stands out on an album full of well produced tracks. Diamond D's lyrics are delivered purposefully and heavy but the backing instrumental is soft and slow creating an interesting effect.
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