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Sad Rockets
Matador Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Transition is the third release from Sad Rockets, the one-man, supposedly analog-only, bedroom studio project of one Andrew Pekler (Berlin). Pekler admits to using some electricity for this project (but none of that "laptop/desktop shit"), and there are some samples and beats floating in the mixes he throws together, culled from sources like A Tribe Called Quest ("Left My Wallet In El Segundo"), but for the most part these songs are mishmashes of beats and loops with the strains of live instruments layered on top. Not much different than what a lot of kids can do with a home studio set up and a decent bootlegged copy of Pro-Tools. Nonetheless, there are some well-put together songs on this one. On "Lachmachun Special" (a rip-off of Hancock's "Chameleon"), for example, he delves into some organ funk vamping and noodles around with the main theme, winding up with a new take on the classic Headhunter's track. On "Boogie Electric", which starts off with a few words from Roland Kirk ("Some of you all been plugged in to electronics. You better watch out, you wind up with electronic things running through you. You end up with electronic organs. In order to make love you got to plug in."), the opening bass line is quickly enveloped in a thick Moog haze which gets looped and built on for the next few minutes. Mixed with these funk/jazz tracks, Sad Rockets seem to run the retro down, mixing wah-wah piano tracks ala Miles with jazz that's more fitting to a lounge environment. Then, about eight or nine songs into it, the bottom falls out, something unusual happens. Gone is the thick funk and suddenly the lighter material takes over and a smother jazz ethos is injected into the mix. Slow guitar lines ("Winter's Over") and violins enter in, embellishing the dubbed out rhythm section, creating atmospheric driving music, or smooth background sounds perfect, as my friend Hoss says, for programming to, or, as the Matador folk say in the promo, perfect for "preparing sturgeon, exploratory surgery, or purchasing a planetarium."

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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