Terranova

Hitchhiking Non-Stop with No Particular Destination

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Hitchhiking Non-Stop With No Particular Destination is as difficult to keep track of as the name of the band itself. Adjusting the name to Edition Terranova, the trio of Mastermind Fetisch, Meister, and Shapemod come up with a diverse batch of work that covers quite a bit of ground: trip-hop, hip-hop, and big beat. The German group is joined by Cath Coffey of Stereo MC's (on Shuggie Otis' "Out of My Head," while her voice is electronically modified on "Breath"), vocalist Mike Ladd (who raps on "Sublime" and "Heroes"), and Ariane of the Slits (on "Mongril"). "Equal Rights" explores political and social ideas and "Women Beat Their Men" samples "The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight," which at one point is slowed down to such a slow pace that it sounds like little more than clicking. Mostly though, the original influence of hip-hop and the Stereo MC's is felt throughout the album. Not mind-blowing, but gratifyingly eclectic nonetheless.

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