Music Review | posted 01.11.2010
Maxmillion Dunbar
Cool Water
Ramp, 2010
Text Paul Okraj , Translation Anja Vatter
Your Rating:
9.0
User (1)
9.0
Editorial
Cover Maxmillion Dunbar - Cool Water

As part of Beautiful Swimmers, he is – together with his partner Ari Goldman – responsible for the smash hit of the year Big Coast. Now, Andrew Field-Pickering aka Maxmillion Dunbar, uses Cool Waters to tie in with the self-titled »Afro-Cosmic«. Slow Motion House? Cosmic Boogie? All is possible, nothing is carved in stone, but the roots of Hip Hop are defenitely taken along and already the first track Pretty Pleasy flirts with New Jack Swing. Pretty it is, no question. A different drum machine on every track leaves the listeners astonished and one wonders whether it be a Linn, an Oberheim or a Roland. And because the drums are so important, legendary jazz drummer Ali Rashied gets his own percussion track. After that, things slow down, get a bit more cosmic and crazy samples on Lemon & Line pursue a frolic razzle-dazzle. Speaking of effects: Further we travel to India with the compulsory flutes and kickdrums and their original boom. Here, Dunbar shows no humour. We do, though, and are surprised about one of this year´s best albums. A revelation!

The album Cool Waters by Maxmillion Dunbar can be found on hhv.de: CD | LP
Your Comment
Related Articles
Music Interview | posted 30.07.2011
Beautiul Swimmers
Get symbolized, yo!
Auf ihrer Deutschlandvisite schnappten wir uns Ari und Andrew (alias Maxmillion Dunbar), die als Beautiful Swimmers eklektische Tanzmusik produzieren, sperrten sie zwei Stunden weg und spielten ihnen Platten vor. Get symbolized, yo!
Music Review | posted 11.08.2011
Ras G
Down 2 Earth
D2E is futuristic Instrumental Hip Hop that might be similar to the music Brainfeeder pal Flying Lotus is doing but it is still unique.
Music Review | posted 30.11.2010
Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye West returns to his root-skills, places his bets on big Pop-moments and thereby takes one or two steps forward again.
Music Review | posted 10.03.2007
Evidence
The Weatherman LP
Less nostalgia, more willingness to take risks without leaving his own neo-classical niche: hating Evidence has become uncool again.
Music Review | posted 14.06.2007
Pharoahe Monch
Desire
Those who’ve heard the Monch’s flow would buy any album on which he just raps.
Music Review
BBNG (BadBadNotGood)
IV
With their new LP »IV«, BBNG (BadBadNotGood) are proving the critics wrong: their instrumental hip hop has defeated the alleged elevator-jazz.
Music Review
Jean-Bernard Raiteaux
Les Démons O.S.T.
Lesbian sex in the Middle Ages – the b-movie »Les Démons« from 1972 was on fire. However, Jean-Bernard Raiteaux‘ freshly released soundtrack smolders all the finer.
Music Review
The Kills
Ash & Dice
Five years after »Blood Pressures«, the Kills are back and on »Ash & Dice« they sound as minimalistic and raw as ever.
Music Review
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
We Be All Africans
Not only with their new album chant Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids »We Be All Africans«. They have been legends since 40 years.
Music Review
Max Graef & Glenn Astro
The Yard Work Simulator
There is freedom in the confusion: With »The Yard Work Simulator«, Max Graef and Glenn Astro are celebrating their joint debut in album-length.
Music Review
Suzanne Ciani
Buchla Concerts 1975
Buchla? Complicated! Suzanna Ciani mastered the synthesizer 40 years ago, like »Buchla Concerts 1975« proves impressively.
Music Review
Vivien Goldman
Resolutionary (Songs 1979-1982)
The label Staubgold assembles songs by Vivien Goldman on »Resolutionary (Songs 1979-1982)«.
Music Review
Gregory Porter
Take Me To The Alley
He’s probably be the most famous jazz singer of our time. But is it really jazz? His late record »Take Me To The Alley« gives a clear answer.
Music Review
Super Mama Djombo
Super Mama Djombo
Super Mama Djombo served as one of the most important voices of Portugal’s Carnation Revolution in 1974. Revolution hardly ever sounds as danceable as this one.
Music Review
Jessy Lanza
Oh No
For Jessy Lanza it means all or nothing, but in the meantime everything meets nothing on »Oh No«. Her second album is a radical record.
Music Review
Ash Koosha
I AKA I
On Ash Koosha’s »I AKA I«, ambient meets glitch, musique concrete meets beat-tape and your head meets an adventure. Is this IDM 2.0?
Music Review
Anohni
Hopelessness
Antony Hegarty has put together his/their first album as Anohni with Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never.
Music Review
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
55
On »55«, the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band shows how good Steel Drum-Funk can function with Hip-Hop elements.
Music Review
LUH
Spiritual Songs for Lovers Sing
The end of WU LYF was the beginning of LUH for Ellery Roberts. Together with Ebony Hoorn he now presents »Spiritual Songs For Lovers Sing«.
Music Review
Various Artists
Household Shocks
The label Dark Entries revives the forgotten and unnoticed music of the 1980’s.
Music Review
Dwarfs Of East Agouza
Bes
Dwarfs Of East Agouza are Maurice Louca, Sam Shalabi and Alan Bishop. On »Bes«, they are working on the frayed edges of African music.
Music Review
Andy Stott
Too Many Voices
Stonemason or ballet dancer? Andy Stott is himself still unsure. One can hear that on the album. It however only harms its vigour.
Music Review
Various Artists
Wake Up You! The Rise And Fall Of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977
The compilation »Wake Up You! The Rise And Fall Of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977« confirms a stereotypical image – but has much more to offer.
Music Review
Various Artists
This is Kologo Power!
In Ghana the so called »Kologo« music is ever-present. Arnold de Boer from The Ex now brings this great music into our living room.
Music Review
J Dilla
The Diary
J Dilla’s »The Diary«, originally planned for 2002, can’t quite be described as another classic. Still, it’s well recommendable.
Music Review
Özdemir Erdoğan
Jazz Session
Özedemir Erdoğan’s »Jazz Session« gives us a good idea of the great things waiting to be explored in the field of Turkish music.
Music Review
Florian Pellissier Quintet
Cap De Bonne Esperance
With »Cap De Bonne Esperance«, the jazzmen of the Florian Pellissier Quintet have captured the spirit of classic Hardbop.
Music Review
Various Artists
Christophe Lemaire presents: Cant' You Hear Me?
Allegedly lost music from Africa is often found and compiled these days. The music on »Cant’ You Hear Me?« is different.
Music Review
Cluster
Cluster 1971 - 1981
»Cluster 1971 – 1981« is presented in a 9-LP-Box and includes their seven most important releases in addition to two of Cluster’s live records.
Music Review
Charles Bradley
Changes
Untamed, even ecstatic: Charles Bradley, the »Screaming Eagle Of Soul«, is celebrating an impressive return with »Changes«.
Music Review
Laura Gibson
Empire Builder
It wouldn’t have taken a gas explosion for Laura Gibson to record a new album, although it probably took one for »Empire Builder« to shine.
Music Review
Night Moves
Pennied Days
In the era of musical Bricolage, Night Moves’ »Pennied Days« has turned out to be a tasteful and independent record.
Music Review
The Range
Potential
»Potential« is The Range’s first record for Domino. For this debut, he has explored various hobby musicians’ potentials on youtube.
Music Review
Vijay Iyer / Wadada Leo Smith
A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke
Words like »sublime« should be used sparingly; however, it’s more than fitting for the encounter between Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith.
Music Review
Clark
The Last Panthers
Chris Clark has set the inner emptiness, despair, trauma and hopelessness of the six-part TV show »The Last Panthers« perfectly into sound.
Music Review
Odd Nosdam
Sisters
»Sisters« is the title of Odd Nosdam’s new record. On it, you will find nine tracks that actually come across as sisters.
Music Review
City People / 20 Below
It's All In The Groove
Decksharks and DJs are bowing their heads: Motor City Drum Ensemble have taken deep house-gospel back to the dancefloors.
Music Review
Various Artists
New York Noise - Dance Music From The New York Underground 1977-1982
Soul Jazz has reissued its compilation »New York Noise« from 2003, having made seven alterations to the original record.
Music Review
Mark E
Basement Trax
On »Basement Trax«, Mark E is delivering two flawless wild-pitch-tracks, deeply rooted in the tradition of DJ Pierre.
Music Review
Daniel Haaksman
African Fabrics
On his second record, »African Fabrics«, Daniel Haaksman is raising the bar even higher by following a political mission.
Music Review
Various Artists
Soul Sok Séga
Sturt Records has taken a good look at Mauritius – with their usual taste, they have chosen 20 curious tracks and have released them on »Soul Sok Séga«.
Music Review
Augustus Pablo
Original Rockers
Greensleeves are re-releasing Augustus Pablo’s »Original Rockers«, including impressive bonus material.
Music Review
Horace Andy
In The Light
In 1977, Horace Andy, reggae’s finest falsetto, recorded a twin record by the name of »In The Light« and »In The Light Dub«.
Music Review
Animal Collective
Painting With
Animal Collective are back on track: with their new record »Painting With«, they remain faithful to their skew pop approach without being wearisome.
Music Review
Venetian Snares
Traditional Synthesizer Music
Like many others, on »Traditional Synthesizer Music«, Venetian Snares is klutzily embracing modular systems. It’s quite something – but never meditative.
Music Review
Ivan Ave
Helping Hands
Ivan Ave is once again making common cause with Mndsgn. On »Helping Hands«, they have joined hands – what a great »Hello«.