Keith LeBlanc

Stop the Confusion (Global Interference)

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If you think you've never heard of Keith LeBlanc, you're probably right. But if you think you've never heard his playing, you're almost certainly wrong. As percussionist for the Sugarhill label's house band, he played on Grandmaster Flash's monumental single "The Message" and on Melle Mel's "Freedom." He's produced the work of Nine Inch Nails and Bomb the Bass and, best of all, has played drums on scores of On-U Sound sessions. Solo albums have been few and far between, but always worth seeking out, and this one is no exception. Stop the Confusion (Global Interference) finds him working with such eminent colleagues as reggae crooner Bim Sherman (who always benefits from LeBlanc's muscular accompaniment), fellow Tackhead and Sugarhill Gang alumnus Doug Wimbish, DJ Spike, and the late Andy Fairley. The resulting grab bag of beats, samples, and songs is wildly varied but consistently compelling, from the hard-as-nails postmodern funk of "Story of Violence" to the old-school hip-hop homage "Whatever," and from the Adrian Sherwood-meets-William Burroughs-at-Tackhead's-house beatdown that is "Remote Control Dub" to the cool and funky mysticism of Bim Sherman's "Vision." Sound good to you? Then the reality of it will be even better. Run, don't walk, to your nearest import dealer and snap this one up.

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