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Classic Album Review: To Rococo Rot & I-Sound | Music is a Hungry Ghost

A German post-rock collective and an African-American DJ play it cool together.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Whaddaya get when you cross a trio of German post-rock synth sculptors with an African-American DJ? I don’t know either, but it sure sounds cool. And I mean that both in terms of temperature and hipness.

On the collaborative full-length Music is a Hungry Ghost, To Rococo Rot supply the Teutonic techtronics — scribbling beatboxes, twittering melodies, squiggling synthesizers — and Germanic aloofness a la Kraftwerk. I-Sound, brings the loose, lightly funky grooves that gently push many of these trancy tracks along. Together they create a confluence of scratchy angularity, luminous sheen and downtempo understatement that aims to bridge the gaps between IDM, ambient dub and post-rock intellectualism. Call it the Ghost with the most.