Crispin J. Glover

Rhythm Graffiti

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A league ahead of the home-studio massive, Glover began his career in professional studios, working as a sound engineer for Level 42 and Terence Trent D'Arby. And although a decade later he finds himself miles deeper in the underground, that pop-studio perfection still inflects on the quality of his funky house jams. Rhythm Graffiti is an upbeat party album of the highest order. Stacks of Latin percussion and female vocals scurry around the 4/4 disco beat like a miniature "Copa Cabana" in every track. Glover also isn't afraid to pull out the occasional gimmick, like the whistle in "Whistle Bump" or the Salsoul horn and vocal shouts on "Loose Booty." But rather than discourage this type of behavior, it's hard not to smile at the carnival effect. This is the kind of stuff that DJs worldwide drop when they want to get the crowd away from the bar and onto the dancefloor.

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