ZoiD: Selected Zoidworks 05 – 12 – album review

ZoiD: Selected Zoidworks 05 -12 (Invisible Agent)
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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 “world traveling and meditation”. 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 selection– as the title suggests (DOH!)– that he’s had 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 4/4 and like the early Warp sounds of someone like B12, a 2am dreamy-ambient, mostly friendly showdown with some semi-industrial beats. ‘Acid Leaves ft. Bruce Morley’ is heavier, like a clash of Squarepusher-isms, bass shoots and drum & bass 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 and existing in their own totally separate atmospheres yet at the same time they compliment each-other perfectly. ’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 won’t be disappointed with what you hear.

ZoiD a.k.a. Daniel Jacobson is on Facebook and Twitter.

All words by Philip Neeson. You can read more from Philip on LTW here.


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    New Album: ZioD – Selected Zoidworks 05-12. Daniel Jacobson has created something new and original, organically splicing the two with his own compositions, sometimes seamlessly, sometimes with a jarring dissonance, but always stronger than the sum of their separate traditions. Out now on Invisible Agent Records, available on Amazon, iTunes, Google, Bandcamp, LastFM and 30+ other stores

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