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.
1. Ready For Us
3. Thin Air
4. Blue Movie
6. Cheval Noire
8. Fairweather Friend
9. The Prophet
10. El Diablo
11. Shrewd Movements