January 20, 2004  
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Koop
Waltz For Koop — Alternative Takes
EMI

Electronic music is often unjustly grouped together and hastily labelled by those who are not familiar with it as being either “gino beats” or boring and repetitive. In London, where the electronic scene is currently in ruins, the prospect of winning over those with limited knowledge of the genre is very bleak. Even those who are down with the scene would quickly admit rapid corporatization has taken away from the music.

Well Koop has come to the rescue. Waltz for Koop — Alternate Takes is a release that consists of remixes of the tracks featured on Waltz for Koop, their previous release, by various well-established producers such as Dorfmeister and Nicola Conte. Incorporating the sounds of house, breaks, drum n’ bass and even bossa nova without overshadowing Koop’s blend of cool, chilled-out jazz, they create an end product with a sexy and refreshing sound that you can dance and relax to.

Leaving the vocals completely intact instead of merely sampling (as is often done within the genre) gives a very warm feel to the album. If you want to hear sophisticated, fresh electronic music that manages to steer clear of the pretentious “Starbucks jazz-fusion” sound, this is the album to get.

—Ken Galloway

 

 

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