ZoiD: Selected Zoidworks 05 – 12 – album review
Fine experimental electro-jazz collection from ecclectic composer/producer Daniel Jacobson, Philip Neeson listened to it for us.
Dublinâs Daniel Jacobson is the real life person behind ZoiD, a free-spirited jazz-tinged electronic wizard. After releasing ZoiD vs the Jazz Musicians of Ireland Vol1 back in 2007 he took a hiatus for some crucial âworld traveling and meditationâ. But now you will all be pleased to read that the boy Daniel is back in business.
Only not exactly because Selected Zoidworks 05-12 is actually a selectionâ as the title suggests (DOH!)â that heâs had about his person for the last seven-or-so years.
Opener âAerosolâ is a smooth-and-groove beginning to the album that reminds me of something Funki Porcini would create (another rather fine electro-jazz enthusiast). Next itâs âProphâ, which is more 4/4 and like the early Warp sounds of someone like B12, a 2am dreamy-ambient, mostly friendly showdown with some semi-industrial beats. âAcid Leaves ft. Bruce Morleyâ is heavier, like a clash of Squarepusher-isms, bass shoots and drum & bass featuring yet more jazz samples, obviously.
âObeliskâ is full of falling-down clickbeats playing off some top jazz-guitar licks. In a wayâ and typical of the albumâ both elements are busy doing their own thing and existing in their own totally separate atmospheres yet at the same time they compliment each-other perfectly. âCemberâ features firing objects of distortion and programmed-and-played-around-with jazz drum sounds.
Plenty of really enjoyable stuff going on here. And if you happen to get the time to check it out you honestly wonât be disappointed with what you hear.
All words by Philip Neeson. You can read more from Philip on LTW here.