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Pop After Portishead

The single “Paths” off the recent Robert Miles CD, Organik (Shakti), features Nina Miranda (of the British trio Smoke City) contributing a sinewy, Portishead-style riff of a vocal against Miles’ blend of urban and Middle Eastern sounds. He combined electronics with a mid-size orchestra on the album, and the effect is moving and sensual. The single’s B-side provides an answer for those who’ve been wondering what Future Sound of London have been up to lately. By redeploying “Paths” (dubbing their effort the “Cosmic Juke Box Remix”) to add a bit of groovy electric guitar, hand claps and thick backing vocals, FSOL (purposefully or not) bring to mind early Jesus Jones and Big Audio Dynamite singles, which set multi-culti joy against a looping backbeat. A good introduction to a worthy CD.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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