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Shaken Stephen and the C(h)oral Dukes - The (h) Is Silent... But Deadly!dotdotdotdot
artworkThis set of 5 instros from Shaken Stephen and the C(h)oral Dukes are dark and murky, which add to the seamy underbelly of surf they portray. The drums are echoed and the guitar and bass sound like they are in the back of a dingy warehouse. Most of the time, such mixes don't enhance a performance, but with these arrangements, it seems to work OK. There are some very cool things here. Also on the disc are "G. I. Joe Goes To 'Nam" and "Tea Time," a pair of machine narratives.
Picks: Gypsy Boots, R.O.V., Evetsurf, Feeling Blue Smoke, Hammerhead

Track by Track Review

Gypsy Boots dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

All crunched out and edged up, this new arrangement of "Gypsy Boots" is excellent. Originally done when Shaken Stephen was with the Neptunes, it has dumped the feel of childhood play at the seaside for a hard driving teenage rhythm power rant. Excellent track.

R.O.V. dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bright twang and shallow whammy powers "R.O.V." up the steep incline of a sand dune. It's pretty cool, and sounds loud. Nicely structured, and with a sense of adventure. Cool tune!

Evetsurf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a lumbering and murky number that portrays dark danger on the beach long past midnight. Exotic percussion and island whammy, along with the dark tone give it a unique sound. Very cool!

Feeling Blue Smoke dotdotdot
Surf Blues (Instrumental)

Distant smoky club reverbed lagoon blues for the tortured mind. Very bluesy and echo-murky.

Hammerhead dotdotdotdot
Surf Blues (Instrumental)

Bass and echoed drums opens this tune. It features dark post surf tone from Shaken Stephen's guitar. It's a mid tempo piece with a murky chunk. "Hammerhead" is a song that Shaken Stephen brought to the Neptunes late in the game.