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For nearly two and a half decades, Banco de Gaia has been consistently redefining world electronica, with his music leaving an indelible footprint on the global scene, sparking many a dancefloor and inspiring countless musicians to follow. His sound has been at the forefront of blending acoustic and electronic sounds, integrating themes and techniques from cultures and traditions the world ... Read more in Amazon's Banco De Gaia Store

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  • Audio CD (September 26, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • ASIN: B00004Y9Y1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Seti I
2. Obsidian
3. Creme Egg
4. Glove Puppet (Vocal Version)
5. Gizeh
6. How Much Reality Can You Take?
7. B2
8. Fake It Till You Make It
9. Sixty Sixteen (For Karina)

Editorial Reviews

Toby Marks, the musical alchemist behind Banco de Gaia, made his reputation by infusing Asian and Middle Eastern musical elements into his dub mixes, resulting in a compelling world music-electronica hybrid. For Igizeh, he has further blurred the constituent genres' boundaries, softening the house beat just a bit and letting his disparate inspirations swirl into a dreamy, intoxicating sonic daydream. If that's the club's loss, it's certainly the listener's gain. Much of the album was recorded in Egypt (including segments produced inside the Great Pyramid at Giza and the Temple of Seti I at Thebes), but to his credit Marks cannily avoids many easy world music and ambient clichés; Jennifer Folkes's soulful vocals on "Obsidian" and "Glove Puppet" are not the least of the stylish balancing act between East and West presented herein. --Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

This is an album of sheer genius!
Ollie Williamson
The driving dance gives way, in the end, to layered vocals.
The more spins I give it the better I like this CD.
Donald F. Weidmann

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DJ ProFusion - on April 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Bottom Line: Igizeh is Egyptian inspired, and parts of it was recorded at the Great Pyramid. Marks brews a magical blend of of instruments, sound effects, and uplifting chants.
The opening track "Seti I" starts off softly. All you hear at first is a distant voice, like an Islamic call to prayer, and a soft ambient hum. Gradually, very gradually, more instruments join in. Drums, tambourine, keyboards, then a vocal wail. It ramps up slowly building in volume and sophistication of theme until the chant begins. The volume and intensity continues to build and it isn't until five minutes into the song that it finally reaches full bore. Though highly unusual it is very effective. You are by now thoroughly hooked by the driving beat and the stirring group chant and mesmerized by the fluttering about of electronic themes. It is a journey to a distant land where you are sitting in on a tribal song. Though the song is long at well over eight minutes, it still seems too short.
"Obsidian" is great song featuring a fabulous vocal performance by Jennifer Folker. Part torch song part techno dance track, Obsidian has a very catchy tune, impassioned singing and a very dancey beat. The lyrics switch between English and other languages and non-languages, with the key English verse being "visions of yesterday, today." Hopefully some club DJs will pick up on this great song. The song inspired a remix CD.
A male Indian vocalist starts it out "Crème Egg," giving way to an electronic interlude with a speed reminiscent of "Flight of the Bumblebee." The middle section features a south Asian chanter wonderfully mixed with swirling synthesizer, bass, and drums. It concludes again with the original vocalist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Goldsworthy on February 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Background in Banco : I feel deeply moved by Big Men Cry and therefore enjoy that recording the most. Second are the wonderful ambient trips found on Last Train with Magical Sounds' more happy-feeling trippy-ness coming in third. I love the more melancholy / serious sounding Banco rather than the more happy silliness style he sometimes uses ( to great effect though and I say `silliness' in the best possible way... :) . So it's pleasurable to hear Toby Marks returning to that sort of feel with Igizeh. Somewhat at least.
Igizeh is a new sound for Banco and there are some real beauties on here. Some serious some fun and hip with a lot of real sounding instruments layered in to tie it all together. An electronic far eastern feast for the ears.
Seti 1 initially sounds as if came from The Last Temptation of Christ and builds wonderfully into a frantic drum driven trip. Obsidian slowly builds, picks up the pace with its driving bass and introduces a wonderful ethereal vocal flowing perfectly with the music. A great high-energy track. I did not enjoy the remixes on the single. Far too noisy with no subtlety...
Not too keen on the whining of Glove Puppet ( the lyrics are not that inspired ). I much prefer the instrumental found on MS. Also not so keen on hearing the same material again. Would prefer something more fresh for a new album. Gizeh - a nice mellow groove. Fusing that eastern charm with clarinet and strings. And building and building... HMRCYT ? is great head mover. Love this.
B2 is the favorite for me. A relatively slow track with deep bass, punching electric bleeping and unearthly female vocal wisps woven within. A slow mover, groover !
I would enjoy Fake It... a whole lot more if it weren't for the recording.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elderbear VINE VOICE on February 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
1) Seti I: Slow, root chakra build into chants, birds, and distant children. Impending -- an air of expectation. Tar & dumbeks bring in rhythm tracks as ululating cries penetrate, a wild dance of the breaking dawn or maybe a Ghengis Khan and his musical hoards descending to liberate captive children from their schoolbooks. As with many tracks on this CD, distant voices, not quite understood, evoke and compel, suggest and draw out meanings hidden just below the surface.
2) Obsidian: Whispers of a pulsating white light with flowing & merging synth chords -- UFO entities descend in a maelstrom of 150+ bpm light & nimble dance. Soaring, airy vocals weave between flowing and staccato elements. The driving dance gives way, in the end, to layered vocals.
3) Creme Egg: Chanting & percussion, layering in synths, and finally adding vocal choruses reminiscent of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
4) Glove Puppet: Mournful strings and synth with plaintive female vocals "please remember what I look like ... tried to burn me, wouldn't listen, I died ..." The voice of every girlfriend I ever walked away from.
5) Gizeh: Begins with the moan of the dead and the command of their demon taskmasters. Slow synthesizers slide in with hints of percussion. Exotic reed sounds come to dominate. Pain. Frenetic percussion with a heavy rhythmic percussive synthesizer (sharp attack with moderate sustain) fades & builds to complement reeds. Crescendos with underlying undecipherable muttering voices before a denouement that ends with a short spoken Arabic (?) phrase.
6) How Much Reality Can You Take?: Ambient world dance track. Repeats the same loop for the first minute, gradually adding instruments, then lets synthesizers carry melody and move on.
7) B2: Flowing, lyrical slow dance.
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