The Digital Information Ensemble

Digital Information Ensemble

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The Digital Information Ensemble is a loose collective of musicians based around a core membership consisting of Matt Stein (who has worked as an engineer and producer with the likes of Bill Laswell, Deee-Lite, Grace Jones and the Jungle Brothers), James "Jamaki" Knight, Charles Callelo, Jack Desantis and turntablist Chris Defendorf. The group's debut album covers an impressive amount of terrain, from the hilariously homoerotic acid-house sendup that opens the program to the abstract aural doodling that ends it. Club beats predominate; this is mostly four-on-the-floor dance music, though with a definite sense of humor and a certain cultural sophistication not often found in that genre. The samples are frequently very funny, as on "Allow the Sound" and "Medicine." "Uh Oh" delivers garbled vocal samples and a bassoon obligato over a funky breakbeat; "D.I.E. Groove" layers drum parts to create a hybrid funk/house sound. Clever, cute and fun.

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