Ready For Us
Nuphonic /!K7

Another wonderful release from the Nuphonic label, Fug's debut album is more of an orchestrated jazz release than anything and upon listening to it you may wonder why its covered in Hybrid's "electronic" section. But listen closely and you will hear tweaked analog synth lines and the skilled production of member Bob Sadler that blends beautifully with the live feel of the more acoustic instruments.

Considering his degree in composition, member Tom Bailey may be to credit for the moving string arrangements found on tracks like "Blue Movie." Fans of Massive Attack's string maestro, Craig Armstrong, will enjoy the symphonic elements and detailed piano work, finding it works amazingly well with the break heavy percussion of drummer Matt Klose. Flamenco guitars and acoustic bass make their way into the material and so does the tranquil vocals of guest Jess Williams on a few of the tracks like "Ready For Us" and "Overflow." The material covers a broad range of emotions and Williams vocals add a sultry edge to the orchestral and jazz arrangements of the music. Perfect for those who love the moving quality of orchestral music when it's tied up with hip-hop breaks. -Justin Hardison

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