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4th release on Ninja Tune from Mr. Tobin, another masterpiece of Darkbreakbeats/Drum and bass and instrumental mayhem. 2002.

Brazilian-born beatmeister Amon Tobin unleashes another genre-imploding and totally killer album (his fourth) with Out from Out Where. Darker, harder-edged, and less jazzy than its predecessor, Supermodified, the album's mood is actually closest to his debut. Out Where is dense and playful in its own ominous horror-soundtrack-with-beats manner, the post-jungle beats lovingly fractured and reconstituted in a way that simultaneously dizzies and makes one's head bob up and down in time. This album reminds the listener that it's possible to be experimental and accessible at the same time. Parts of Out Where sound like a late night pow-wow of lounge lovers Kruder & Dorfmeister, electronic genius Nobukazu Takemura, and DJ Food the cut-up kid. And while the lovely yet menacing Asian car chase music of "Searchers" might have you wondering whatever did happen to Photek, the album truly sounds like nobody else. Each track has actual surprises, and the disc just gets better with repeated plays. Huzzah! --Mike McGonigal

1. Back From Space
2. Verbal
3. Chronic Tronic
4. Searchers
5. Hey Blondie
6. Rosies
7. Cosmo Retro Intro Outro
8. Triple Science
9. El Wraith
10. Proper Hoodidge
11. Mighty Micro People

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 15, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B00006JM9M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Brazilian-born Amon Tobin first emerged between 1994-1995 with a string of 12" singles on a small London-based record label called 9Bar Records. The album that followed, "Adventures In Foam", paved the way for a whole generation of electronic productions and prompted his signing to the prodigious Ninja Tune in 1996. He has since gone on to record seven critically-acclaimed ... Read more in Amazon's Amon Tobin Store

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When an album starts off like this one does, you know you're in for something good.
It's a brilliant acheivement made by an artist who continues to push the boundaries of what music can be.
If you like this, The splinter Cell Soundtrack by Amon Tobin is another great album.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "the_bomb_diggy" on October 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
There are only two things that would make me come back and review an album here at One is being offered money. The other is the release of a new Amon Tobin album. The former will never happen but, thank God, the latter recently took place.
If there's one thing I can say about Mr. Tobin, it's that his albums with Ninja Tune truly show artistic development. He started off with a solid jazz footing in Bricolage, but with Permutation, Supermodified, and now this fourth album, he's moved further and further away from that foundation. Heck, on this album, he pretty much abandons it.
When an album starts off like this one does, you know you're in for something good. "Back From Space" sets the tone, letting the world know that the master is back. Then "Verbal" (featuring MC Decimal R.) comes on, and proves to be the most straight-up fun tune that Tobin has put his hands on. Admittedly, the concept of cut-up vocals was previously done by Prefuse 73, but at least Amon admits it.
If you're wondering what would happen if "Get Your Snack On" and "Four Ton Mantis" got together and had a child, "Chronic Tronic" answers your question in style, baby. It's totally funked-up and danceable to boot. It segues into "Searchers, which is haunting to say the least. The mere thought of Tobin touching strings brings joy to my ears, so imagine how I feel when I hear the result.
Tobin then pulls a surprise from his hat with "Hey Blondie." It's like no Tobin tune I've ever heard; it actually sounds a fair bit like R.E.M.'s "Drive." "Rosies" comes next, and it's an album highlight; it starts off all innocent, but then it shows its true colours and compels you to bob your head along with it.
The next tune, "Cosmo Retro Intro Outro," is straight out of left field.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. G. on October 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Amon Tobin has got to be one of Ninja Tune's most versatile artists (kinda tough to do on a label that boasts so much talent!); with his previous albums, he embraced the world of free jazz and breakbeat and neatly turned it on its head. Although I prefer his work as Cujo (Adventures in Foam has now been released by 3 different labels: Ninebar, Shadow, and now as a superior reissue by Ninja Tune!), I have to say that 'Out From Outwhere', while a stirring departure compared to his other works, is definitely another breakthrough album for Tobin. It still carries his trademark chaotic beats, but the atmosphere he creates is a bit more focused than on his earlier albums. Listen to it a few times, and you'll get what I'm saying. I won't try to tell you what the album 'sounds like'...that would be foolish. You just need to hear it for yourself. I'll just say that it's a wondrously symphonic piece of art.
I also disagree with the URB review; this is not an album for TV commercials, of all things. Albums like this are meant for your ears and feet, meant to be processed over and over again, and the images wrought from its synthesis in your brain are meant to be completely open to interpretation...I for one don't want to hear one of his songs and think of some automobile you?
Am I delving into his music too much? Perhaps. However, whether you agree or disagree with my opinions, it's hard to contest that Out From Out Where isn't worthy of the moniker "intelligent dance music". To my ears, Tobin has also reinvented that term as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Phil on November 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I hate to rain on the parade by docking a half star from the uniformly glowing reviews offered up so far (well, one star, since doesn't allow halfs), but this feels like a crossroads. This isn't a bad thing by any means: a cursory glance at my cd collection would betray an arguable OVERvaluation of experiment. It's just that the "Verbal" single (specifically, the three extra tracks) seemed to point toward a continuation of "Supermodified"'s remarkable smoothing out of Amon Tobin's music without sacrificing the complexity of the overall structural framework. A lot of this was accomplished with beats dropped at greater intervals and tied together by sustained melodies and textures. I was disappointed with that album at first, so perhaps this one will grow on me as well. The hyperactivity of "Permutation" (still my favorite) is back on this new disc, to a certain extent. However, the furious chattering breaks are arranged in digressive clusters that incorporate more electro and edgy digital noise elements than before; whereas "Permutation" often built the rhythms up to a nearly absurd density before releasing into a dreamlike lounge haze. My extracurricular activities are much less "hazy" these days, so it's possible that my laser-like focus on the parts (over the whole) has created discontinuity through dissection. Still, this disc feels less of a piece than Mr. Tobin's earlier works. Of course, this also means that the seeds of future directions here are manifold. Remember my extra 1/2 star: it's still a stellar achievement from an electronica frontrunner whose past excellence set the bar so high.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wheelchair Assassin on February 10, 2004
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Even as one who tends to make it a point to avoid electronic music, I have to admit that "Out From Out Where" is one brilliant album. In fact, if not for the barely-listenable "Verbal," we might be looking at a five-star rating here. If you're in the mood for a mental workout that can also get your head bobbing, this is certainly a good place to look. It takes a few spins to appreciate an album this complex and eclectic, but it's more than worth the time and effort. In fact, the challenge of putting everything together is the principal basis for the album's appeal: having generally associated electronica with the mindless drivel that gets played in clubs, I was pleasantly surprised that the genre has produced some genuinely intiguing art.
So, you might ask, what does the album sound like? Okay, okay, I'm getting to that. The music on "Out From Out Where" is typically dark and intense, characterized by fractured rhythms and bizarre percussion sounds. Electronica may provide the foundation, but it's fleshed out with an almost impossible array of influences. Tobin is a master of tension and dynamics, creating constantly-mutating pieces that expertly mix contrasting shades of light and dark. Against a backdrop of ominous atmospheres, he unleashes a never-ending sonic onslaught of twisted, intricate beats, with a surprise always lurking just around the corner.
Perhaps most importantly, the variety on "Out From Out Where" is nothing short of incredible. In the space of a mere eleven tracks, Tobin manages to conjure up aural montages of so many different stripes it's hard to believe the same guy did it all.
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