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Necessary Measures

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A smorgasbord of organic funk, cut-up beats and bizarre instrumentation, Pest's Necessary Measures sounds like Bootsy Collins falling down stairs mid-solo while Mr. Scruff plays on in the front room. Shaping mighty fine ambient cuts, the London quintet have a disparate combined history with a classical cello player having teamed up with a student of African drumming and a hip-hop DJ. Mixing upbeat feisty breakbeats with numerous weaving jazz solos Necessary Measures is a strange yet enthralling beast of an album. Hip-hop rhythms come laced with jittery electronica, while a throbbing warped bass pounds beneath samples on "Murda," buts it's "Jefferson Shuffle" with its soaring strings and distinctly cinematic sixties' lounge flavor that really stands out. Equally adventurous and ingenious, Pest have produced an album that's in a world of its own where shuffling hip-hop comes with killer grooves and a Sunday-afternoon jazz-fusion vibe. --Christopher Barrett
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 25, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B00008L3QV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,806 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By TarTar on March 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Off the NinjaTune label, Pest has an amazing electronic sound that can be placed right up there with the other famous NinjaTune rockers (i.e. Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, Coldcut). The songs will bring in an excellent & ingenius loop, and suddenly, without warning, blast the hardest beat you can think of filled with fuzz punches and deep bass. Some tracks will make you bounce the same way Fatboy does (Tracks 01,03). Other tracks sound goofy in the same random flava as Bentley Rhythm Ace(Tracks 07,09). You can tell Pest listens to fellow NinjaTuner Amon Tobin, Tracks 02,04,05,08 attempt at the darker sounds but remain safely under the wing of Big Beat/Funk. Pest is pure genius, this CD is worth triple the amount spent. You'll be pleasantly surprised, TarTar promises.
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By A Customer on July 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
figyelem, kedves mindenki, aki ért magyarul
ilyet még nem hallottatok, legalább töltsétek le valahonnan!
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ínyenc falat, aki tud magyarul ....

only I can say is do not even miss this stuff ...
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The fun starts right away on Pest's debut album, NECESSARY MEASURES. "Chicken Spit" displays an indominable sense of eclectic humor. There's a definite "jam band" feel here, even on the stuttering funk of "Duke Kerb Crawler" or the Charlie's Angels/reggae collision of "Jefferson Shuffle." "St. Pest" goes slightly more sedate with some piano and strings, though these are no less processed than elsewhere. "Dr. Umz," on the other hand, mixes a peppy little number with a Morse code underlay, though the MC is not terribly inspiring; "Moody Hoe," with its breaks and flanged horns, is more solid. The deep resonating bass of ukelele plucking of "Relief" end the album, saying, in essence, that even if the songs don't cohere 100%, they're held together by fun.
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