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Low Kick And Hard Bop

Solex Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. Low Kick And Hard Bop
2. Mere Imposters
3. Have You No Shame, Girl?
4. Not A Hoot!
5. Knee-high
6. Honey (Amsterdam Is Not L.A.!)
7. Shoot Shoot!
8. Comely Row
9. Ease Up You Fundamentalist!
10. The Dot On The I Between The H And The T
11. Good Comrades Go To Heaven
12. Cayenne
13. Ololo
14. You Say Potato, I Say Aardappel
15. Look ...No Fingerprints!

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Low Kick And Hard Bop is possibly Dutch vinyl mistress Solex's most accomplished album to date. Like her previous volumes of found-sound hysteria, Solex has pillaged the recesses of the bargain bins in her Amsterdam record shop with typically fun results that defy categorisation. Solex can dabble in such diverse and bewildering realms as Hawaiian tiki, the game show Wheel of Fortune, and erm, "noisy deaf people", and still manage to find an accessible middle ground. Tunes with brilliantly weird titles such as "Honey (Amsterdam is Not LA)" and "Ease Up You Fundamentalist!" would sit comfortably alongside Beck, the Avalanches, Señor Coconut, or even the Chemical Brothers, while bluesier moments such as the title track wouldn't be that much out of place next to the White Stripes. Of course, all are punctuated with her excellently hyperactive stream-of-consciousness lyrics. We can't exactly pretend that the idea of bargain-bin archaeology is a new one, but Solex's vinyl experiments are unique and cohesive rather than cut-and-paste. She consistently treads the line between fun and kitsch and manages to stick to the right side of both. In short, this is brilliant. --Leslie Gilotti

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5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative, Creative-Nothing Like It March 9 2002
By Suman
Format:Audio CD
I've heard countless artists who do the sampling thing. It's all so predictable and limited. But listen to Solex. You absolutely cannot predict Elisabeth Esselink's next move. Not only is it fresh and appealing, it's unsettling, scary, humorous, passionate, naiive AND sophistocated without sounding more artier than thou. How does she pull this off? Say what you will, but it's huge talent. She's completely mastered this genre, and if it's a genre, it's completely invented by Solex. She winds her voice in and out of these complex-yet-deceptively-simple song structures based upon samples. Yet again, I reiterate that sampling can make anything easy if you are not a musician or an artist. The music Esselink creates from samples, however, is extraordinarily clever and well put-together, and takes a mastery that involves a lot more intellect than have the usual wannabes who seek out this type of music tool. Yet, she makes it sound so simple. That, my friends, is indicative of genius. And Elisabeth Esselink is that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars c'mon, make with the reviews Nov. 27 2001
Format:Audio CD
Solex is, like, that girl who doodled all the time, that you never knew quite what to make of. Her wholesome would-be sex appeal was kind of at odds with her clothing, which was ratty and second-hand enough to qualify as thrift-store chic, but always a little too colorful. You wanted to write her off with epithets like "spunky" and "cutesy," but weren't sure whether she would reject them with an indignant glare or maybe just smile lopsided and pixie away. She's gotten a lot more self-assured, and it's clear that the coolness side of the equation is winning out, though still with that hefty slice of dorkiness which, let's face it, was what cool was all about anyway.
Actually, Solex is the nom du disque of Elisabeth Esselink, whose approach to sample-based music is, if nothing else, unique. For her third long-player, the satisfactorily titled "Low Kick and Hard Bop" (it sounds right, don't bother about what it might mean), she has apparently abandoned her working method from the last record, of bootlegging her own copyright-free samples from live performances, and returned to salvaging bits from "unsellable" CDs at her Amsterdam record boutique, along with found sounds and folderol. We're talking about tiny snippets - a few xylophone notes here, a fragment of a horn riff there - culled wittily, but wielded musically. Whereas someone like Beck might use a sample for its humor value, but fall back on live instrumentation, Solex sculpts Beck-like music beds with nothing more than a live drummer and an array of carefully placed samples. Take the album's opening title track as an example: Esselink's oddly Asian-sounding voice (reminiscent of Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda) intones "Elisabeth!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blasphemy! Dec 9 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album must be done justice, I'll be damned if the people of the world take a pass on this one because of some bad review. This is the work of a genius. "Low Kick and Hard Bop" sounds like the female version of 'Odelay'. In each song Solex succeeds in blending several different musical style together perfectly, she created this all with an old sampler and her singing. I haven't come across an album this infectious since Radiohead's Kid A, The Beta Bands Three EP's, DJ Shadow's Endtroducing, or Neutral Milk Hotel's Aeroplane... I can't stop listening to it. It probably spun 6 times yesterday just driving around with friends. Go and download the first song on this album, then buy it. It's amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horribly Addictive! Jan. 5 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Short note here because I'm tired: I just want to quickly second the vote of the last reviewer. Solex is brilliant and fun and totally different than anything you're listening to now. Just buy it and surrender. You'll thank me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite nice Jan. 29 2002
Format:Audio CD
Quite nice.
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