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Hula Hoop - Read My Lipsdotdotdotdot
artworkHula Hoop play engaging melodies with a distortion tone that's partly grating and partly attractive. There's not much surf here exactly, but a ton of very cool rock instros, and some very imaginative remixes and treatments that defy logic, yet captivate the listener. Particularly interesting are two trance treatments of surf classics Surf Rider and Comanche.
Picks: Slow Motion, Bugs, Oriental Express, Troyka, Shut Up And Drive, Read My Lips, Bloodshot Eyes, Yota, The Black Dembel, Indigo Kid, Quietly, Read My Lips, Focus 10, TransSurfRider, Comanche '05

Track by Track Review

Slow Motion dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Slow Motion" is just what it implies, a slow and pretty sing that's very big, with a sharp contrast between the beauty of the melody's imagery, the drums' excellent beat, and bass' silky mood, and the dissonant distortion and loudness of the lead guitar. It is precisely this tension that places this track outside the norm, and makes it very cool.

Bugs dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A raspy sax and tweaky keyboard warbles give "Bugs" its insect appeal, while the rest of the track is more or less a rock based R&B exercise that suggest late night dinginess and empty room stretching out. All that said, it's a really cool track with an almost GT Stringer appeal. Verging on psychedelic, "Bugs" demands and holds your attention.

Oriental Express dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a thick and intense piece, with shallow emotional whammy and a very big sound by virtue of the guitar's distortion. The drums are very good!

Troyka dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Troyka" sports large dramatic soundscapes and engaging arranging. I can imagine this emanating from a seventies Kraut Rock band, yet it's a much denser wash of sound than anything Conny Plank ever did. The epic melody and huge drums and bass are a perfect combination.

Shut Up And Drive dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Shut Up And Drive" is a punkoidal guitar workout in just a few chords, with interruptive narrative lines. A little jazz influenced, but more jammy than song-like.

Read My Lips dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Long whammy twang and dissonant distortion lumber through a darkly picturesque soundscape of deliberate angularity. Imagine Zappa in a fluid moment around the Hot Rats period, but heavier. "Read My Lips" is quite strong.

Bloodshot Eyes dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Suddenly much softer in tone, "Bloodshot Eyes" is a relatively straight forward rocker with an R&B underbelly. On the jammy side, but also engaging. Great sax and touches of Aquarium's experimental side.

Yota dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Yota" returns to the dark attractiveness of the very edgy distortion, though a bit muddier. The melody is a rambling afternoon vision of post trauma optimism cautiously entertained. Quite visual!

The Black Dembel dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

With the heavy chunk and thunder of dark metal with low down slide guitar danger, "The Black Dembel" menaces your every peaceful moment. You can imagine Hard Stuff or Black Sabbath plundering an audience with this one. Yikes!

Indigo Kid dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Very much on the jazzy side, "Indigo Kid" has a funk meets rock sound that's engaging in a big guitar hero kinda way. I usually don't like things like this, but it reminds my of some of Juicy Lucy's moments coupled with Kraan's earliest work.

Quietly dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Much lighter than the rest here, "Quietly" floats gently on a grooving Kraan-like vehicle of jazz and rock. Quite nice.

Read My Lips dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Surfotronic Mix of "Read My Lips" is very spatial and underpinned by a dark urban beat. Way out on the edge of town where the natives are quite restless. Spooky.

Focus 10 dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Big and cool, with great stereo echoed guitar and an urban jungle beat portray a desperately risky image of depressing space penal colonies. The Surfotronic Mix of "Focus 10" makes the corners of your dreams seem real.

Rock (Instrumental)

Never did I expect to hear Nokie Edwards' "Surf Rider" done in an industrial mix. Lead is carried on high pitched tweaky keys over a trance beat. More than a strange idea, it works! I never though I'd say such a sacrilegious thing, but even a rave can be home to surf music!

Comanche '05 dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Centurions evil "Comanche" is updated for a late night trance fest, and damned if it isn't captivating. Whew!