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.
Dublin’s 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 traveling and meditation.
Now he’s back with Selected Zoidworks 05-12, a selection– as the title suggests– that Jacobsen has had present about his person for the last seven-or-so years.
Opener ‘Aerosol’ 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 it’s ‘Proph’ which is more about the 4/4 beat like the early Warp sounds of someone like B12; all 2am dreamy-ambience and friendly semi-industrial beats. ‘Acid Leaves’ ft. Bruce Morley is heavier, like a clash of Squarepusher-esque bass shoots and drum & bass, all featuring yet more jazz samples, obviously.
‘Obelisk’ is full of falling-down clickbeats playing off some top jazz-guitar licks. In a way, and typical of the album, both elements are busy doing their own thing, existing in their own totally separate atmospheres yet at the same compliment each-other perfectly. Meanwhile ‘Cember’ 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 wont be disappointed with what you hear.
All words Philip Neeson. More articles by Philip can be found here.