Chris Brann

No Room for Form, Vol. 1

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When not scoring worldwide club hits with his Strictly Rhythm-based Wamdue Project or making worldbeat-infused jazz-house for King Street Records as Ananda Project and for Ubiquity under the moniker P'Taah, Atlanta producer Chris Brann assembled enough rare and unreleased material to give to Montreal's Bombay Records. The result of such a hodgepodge collection is naturally more diverse than any of Brann's other CD releases. But even the title implies a lack of coherence, and as often as styles change, so do levels of quality. High marks go to the cleverly muted horn loop on the restrained tribal house of "When You're Alone," as well as the minimal techno synth breather that is "Vril." But for every winner, there is a smooth jazz loser. And unfortunately, those tracks are, by their nature, much more drawn out than the quick, clean, and cool jazz drummer sampling of "Only Think of You." So, while a song-by-song review shows a 50/50 split between successful house experiments and disastrous wankings, the actual disc time probably falls into a 70/30 split, with the endless noodlings burying the well-executed moments. This could have been an excellent EP instead of a patience-trying album.

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