I expected to hate this and I didn't. It wasn't like ... super interesting or anything. But it was good background music to my morning. Easy to ignore but still providing a good energy. Honestly, if these were break beats behind a rap vocal, the songs would crush. As it is, they feel mostly incomplete. Still good tracks, though.I expected to hate this and I didn't. It wasn't like ... super interesting or anything. But it was good background music to my morning. Easy to ignore but still providing a good energy. Honestly, if these were break beats behind a rap vocal, the songs would crush. As it is, they feel mostly incomplete. Still good tracks, though.
This album was David Holmes second release and build on his previous album ("This Films Crap, Let's Slash the Seats"), with the emphasis on building immersive film scores/soundtracks, referencing Funky downtempo broken Beat's ("Let's get Killed") , Contemporary 70's Guitar melodramatic fusion ("My Mate Paul"), lively instrumental soul ("Gritty Shaker"), or even a reinterpretation of what the James Bond theme would sound like under the musical direction of David (Radio 7). There's even an expertly implemented stab at funky dance track ("Freaknik"), but as brilliantly devised as all this tracks are.....the one truly defining moment is arguably David's finest moment, the encapsulation of New York city night time life....The string, guitar, violin orchestrated arrangements of ("Don't Die Just Yet"), a 6 minute epic that showcases David impeccable ear for composition & creation of music, that is defiantly at odds with current trends in music, but remains a blissfully realised piece of music.
Big beats are the best, get high all the time. Props to this album for sampling both Serge Gainsbourg and the James Bond theme. Unreal stuff.
Lot of nostalgia in this one for me - takes me right back to first year uni. Love how cinematic the album feels. Could absolutely be a soundtrack to something, and it's no wonder Holmes went on to do so much soundtrack work. (He did all the Ocean's Eleven movies, amongst many others) Fave track - "Caddell Returns", maybe - it's not really about stand out tracks, it's about wandering around the neighborhood, soaking it in!
Very much of its era, got vibes of early Fat Boy Slim and people like The Wiseguys too, lounge dance groove style. Also got some early dub electronic / DnB vibes. Middle of the road, never been hugely my thing but I did listen to this kinda stuff when I was younger so I can definitely get behind it and enjoy it. Think I've heard Gritty Shaker before on one of Dave Dews chilled ibiza style compilation albums, defo heard Rodney Yates before, absolute tune. 3.5/5 but gona round up to 4 cos feelin generous.
What a find. I was aware of David Holmes as I loved his soundtrack to the film Out of Sight, starring a certain J-Lo. This pastiche of urban ramblings against a backdrop of urgent beats works really well.
Trippy trance intro. Very cinematic sounding. Love the breaks, samples and ambience. Great pick!
The good tracks here are absolute killers. But it suffers from incohesive voice sampling and This-90s-Album-is-too-long-itis, so it's not something I'm likely to come back to in full anytime soon. That James Bond song is fantastic though.
Unimpressed and somewhat bored by this one. Some fun ideas here, but there wasn't enough variety to keep me interested throughout the long listen. I think this is mainly due to my lack of appreciation for the EDM genre in general: while I can understand why some might enjoy this style of music, it just comes across as polished noise to me while also having a tendency to become very repetitive. With 'Let's Get Killed', I felt like I was listening to a solid soundtrack for a Nintendo 64 spy game (I unironically felt this way even before reaching the 007 cover which ended up cementing these notions immediately). While some of the songs on here might be catchy when looking at it through this made-up context, I don't necessarily feel the same way towards them knowing they come from a standalone album, let alone one that is included on the 1001 Albums You Should Hear Before You Die. It would be fine in the background as it is pretty harmless outside of some vulgar language in the talking segments, but there was nothing enticing or memorable here that would make me want to come back to it in the future, especially considering the absurdly long track lengths present throughout the whole record. I can't say that I hated it, but it was pretty mediocre in my eyes. 2/5.
This app claims to list "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die". David Holmes named the album "Let's Get Killed". I would, to be honest, be happy if this had happened before I listened to this garbage
Molt top! Creació de imatges sonores
Een soort van instrumentale electro-jazz. Absoluut niets wat ik uit mezelf zou opzetten. Maar ik heb er vreemd genoeg wel van genoten (op de achtergrond). Eentje om te onthouden
Glad I've found this one. Great electronic music.
Amazing. New York Street sounds in the 90's with a eclectic sound. And he's Irish
Pretty cool 90s electronica. A lot of fun. Cool look at that moment where hiphop and electronica were just starting to part and go their separate ways.
Fun, carefree, vintage and summery 8.5/10
Heel vet, ga dit zeker op zetten tijdens het chillen, zijn tijd ook ver vooruit nog nog steeds relevant, gave mix van verschillende soorten edm
Daí que vem oceans 11
Definitely going to find more by this guy
I liked it. I had head some of it before not knowing the name. Some of the street talk was amusing some annoying. The music was very cinematic and energetic. Good stuff.
This is the kind of gem that I somehow missed along the way.
Some really subtle and lowkey work, but it scratches a certain itch
Better than expected
You know that situation where you don't really know what to think of it so you just smile and say: "oh, da's speciaal!"? Well, this album is exactly that.
More electronica! Yaay! Pretty good, but I wasn't overwhelmed.
ну из всего чила пока что самая годнота. прикольные внятные мотивы, настроение чувствуется, сэмплы довольно интересные (последний трек вообще эпик). Конечно, это всё ещё фоновая музыка, но хорошая фоновая музыка, за работой вполне могу включить, 7/10
Really liked this 4*
Big beat mit technoider Eskalationsfähigkeit. Dazu die damalig so viel aufkommende wie wirkmächtige Verwendung von Field Recordings. Zwischen Norman Cook und James Lavelle sitzen Bass-schwere 3.8
Oceans 11 sound, cool bond theme as well.
beh sì discone, musica per il cinema, anche da sottofondo
Very good album…. This is one for the revisit!
When thinking about my appetite for music without lyrics, a few contradictions appear. I'm not someone who focuses on the lyrics, if it sounds good, then I'd listen to it. Lyrics is just a bonus, or a part of the context for me. Good lyrics with terrible sound... I might just read poems instead. But music without lyrics seems... incomplete sometimes. It's seems difficult for songs -- if they ARE called "songs" -- like these to be a solid whole experience. But I do listen to songs without lyrics, or even without context. Pink Floyd's epic 20+ minute "Atom Heart Mother" comes to mind. The track is as nonsense as the title, yet I like it. But I'm still struggling to justify why, for example, I like classical music of Chopin or Beethoven but dislike something like jazz. What makes a wordless track listenable, at least for me? "Let's Get Killed" is an hour of electronica fiddling with an aim to create movie soundtracks, and I enjoyed it. I was moved by the beats and the instrumental fiddlings in this album. But why? My hypothesis is that some wordless tracks, like the ones in this album, takes me into an adventure. It makes me conjure images of scenes or emotions. The way a violin passionately rejoices, or the beats weave a sense of conflict. Whatever the reason. I like this album. Though I might only come back to it if I want a good background music. But still, it's energetic and quite fun for a background music (ignoring the conversation snippets, of course).
Interesting. Great use of the street-recorded spoken word. Great background music for creating.
Didn't know what to expect. Pleasantly suprised. Heavy RJD2 vibes
Unexpectedly good to listen to. Love that the vocal samples were recorded by them on the streets of New York, adds something to the great tunes for me.
Not much in the way of lyrics, sounds like a soundtrack great listen though
Das fand ich ganz cool. Ist schon sehr dreist lieder die so einfach zu greifen sind sieben minuten lang laufen zu lassen aber seis drum, also hab im moment nicht wirklich drauf gewarter wanns aufhört. Musikalisch war auch viel ganz nett auch wenns teilweise imo bisschen zu sehr nach etwas klang was iwer beim kiffen anmacht. Das james bond ding war iwie dümmlich aber nicht dümmlich genug um es deswegen zu feiern
it was alright. a very interesting middle point of most electronic stuff i’ve heard. enjoyed
This takes me back to the clubs in the 90s. This album is very indicative of the 90s electronic clubs sound, bonus, the segue's between songs with the live dialogue is clever - especially with the James Bond Theme. 4/5
This is my kind of music, though I didn’t know David Holmes when I started listening. Innovative DJ trip hop with lots of mixing and sampling. How did I not know this. Reminded me a little of the Avalanches- who came a few years later.
I might've found my first new niche thanks to 1001. Loved some of the samples, especially the interview fragments/monologues - they gave a lot of character and life to this album. As of the music - it wasn't all that fascinating, but it definitely wasn't boring - had some interesting choices and was mixed well. Overall, it's just a great record. Highlight: Caddell Returns
A great compilation of sounds - great to listen to in the background. It feels stimulating, it's interesting, it plays with some fun concept - making it simply fun. It's difficult to put into words what makes this type of album good, so let me end simply with this: despite there being little words, I felt as if I've heard a really engaging story. Highlights: Let's get Killed, Freaknik, Radio 7
The first recommended song after this album let me know this is the guy who did the Ocean's Eleven soundtrack! Interesting. I enjoyed the album, it was maybe a touch further in the background than I wanted, but still good music and it had some interesting ambient sound / conversation that helped to tell a story through the album.
Techno-style house music, very 90s but i dig it
It was something
Made me feel like I was in a Mr Robot montage where I was probably hacking something in a garage while someone else was spray painting in a dark alley. Definitely got Tetris 64 vibes from a lot of the tracks. Not really my bag this, but not awful!
trippy, atmosphere noises. lots of f-bombs
I don’t get the appeal. It’s okay. But it’s not fatboy slim or the propellers or chemical brothers. It’s not that interesting.
The interviews sprinkled into the mix add a sense of time and place. The music itself can be a bit forgettable at times, though.
This was some pretty hiphop type music
This is like a soundtrack for a bad spy movie. Dance music made albumatic but it's giving me some Fatboy Slim vibes. I can see this with some strobe lights but I'm not quite having fun. The drinks cost too much, I'm somehow under *and* over dressed and the stink of hugo boss haunts the air. The slice of life vocal samples are really inspired but not grabbing. Makes me miss New York and also Fail to understand New York. The middle of the album is a huge improvement over the first few tracks. Especially the reworked James Bond Theme
Un bon album electro pour travailler, c’est parfait 3.5
David Holmes album was a pleasant surprise. For something listed under the “Electronic” genre it wasn’t what I expected. Coming out the same year as “Homewark” by Daft Punk I wasn’t sure what to expect. I hadn’t really heard of Holmes either. The album gives off a soundtrack vibe that sticks you into New York. The only vocals are that of New Yorkers in conversation that had been recorded by Holmes on a trip in the late 80’s. The music and style puts you there, some of the bass lines and drum beats are very late 80’s but can also have a 90’s flare. It is not in any way French house, nor is it meant to be. “Radio 7”” is the only song that I felt was a little cheeky. Essentially it is a remix of the classic James Bond film theme, it is well done. Overall I’d give this a 7.5 out of 10.
It wasn't bad, but pretty sleepy and uneventful. I liked the james bond remix, and Don't Die Just yet was good too. Skits were fun
ok, fairly forgettable
I liked this album quite a bit. Weirdly, it gave me almost Khraungbin vibes
Not a genre I’m familiar with but enjoyed it nonetheless. An atmospheric and largely enjoyable range of tracks set against narrative that paints an engaging and sometimes troubling NY backdrop
Niet geheel mijn ding.
VAMOS A VER PELÍCULAS DE TARANTINO
An album full of one song.
Rating: 5/10 Best songs: Radio 7
nice but a bit repetitive
Decent background music. Nothing special or fancy here.
-I like the rock vibes in the bass and guitar in "Don't Die Just Yet" -It was quite good. A strong 3. Nothing really compels me to go listen again though, which holds it back from being a 4
I'm a big fan of David Holmes work on the "Ocean's" movies, so when I saw this album come up, I knew I was in for a treat. This album almost feels like a movie within itself, the tellings of the lower class of NYC and the diverse scenes that make up their landscape. You get the dialogue snippets from unusual characters, and dance beats that breath life like Time Square itself. Thinking of this as a film score certainly enhances your experience with the record even if electronica isn't your wheelhouse, much like it isn't mine. Having a 007 Theme remix in there certainly helps too! Overall though, it's not something I would listen to recreationally. Favorite Song: My Mate Paul Least Favorite: Caddell Returns
Kind of like a soundtrack to a movie. Background music really. Best Tracks: My Mate Paul; Radio 7; Don't Die Just Yet
I like this style of music on occasion and this is an album of the genre I like. I like the concept behind it and the tracks were easy to work to.
Seemed mostly like background music to me. 0RS
Not usually my thing, but enjoyed some of it, the conversation preamble at the start of tracks is annoying.
It makes for good background music.
Aardige beats soms, maar verder niet heel interessant. Ik vind het allemaal wat lafjes op een paar nummers na. Mijn favorieten zijn "Gritty Shaker" en "Radio 7". ***
Not my bag, but interesting to listen to.
Loops of mediocre beats. Nothing that was over the top and my toe hasnt tapped on one single single song yet. Its just trying.
Instrumental prawie murzynski, bo trip hop stworzony przez wyspiarza z belfastu Davida Holmesa, ktory jednak brzmi zadziwiajaco hamerykansko, przyczyna tego jest to, ze inspiracja do plyty byla wycieczka do hameryki, stolicy murzynskosci, wiec nowego jorku, stad rowniez sam tytul krazka, lets get killed, bo gdy roamujesz bronksowe getta z drogim sprzetem audio nie trudno zostac za niego zabitym, wiec luzny koncept tworzy sie preaktycznie sam za sprawa samplowanych postaci getta i brzmienia miasta, album ma prawie rowna godzine i podzielony jest na 13 trakow, z ktorych najbardziej zwraca na siebie uwage radio 7 przez zsamplowany motyw klasycznego bonda, poza nim na plejke dodalem jeszcze rodney yates, ktory jest utrzymany w zdecydowanie szybszym tempie niz reszta plyty, ktora moze aspirowac nawet do miana downtemo jako glownego stylu, no i jeszcze tytulowy lets get killed, ktory swietnie oddaje klimat suspensu walki o zycie na nieznanych ulicach obcego miasta, jestem zaskoczony, ze tak rowny albumik utrzymany w klimatach okolo hip hopowych przywedrowal od dja z belfastu
Sounds like a 00-a film soundtrack
As I’m listening to Rodney Yates I’m thinking — this has an Ocean’s Eleven (2001) vibe… sure enough, David Holmes is all over that soundtrack.
I didn't hate it, would listen to it again. Seems very specific to the era in which it was created.
Electrónica. No tan malo como se podría esperar.
Hmm, I like to think that I remember this era pretty well but I'd never heard of this artist or album. The music was decent - it was like a soundtrack for a movie set in NYC - but I'm not sure of the criteria for inclusion on this list.
It was pretty cool and had some real vibes, but I had it on in the background and nothing necessarily jumped out at me.
Very 1990s big beat sound, but very good fun albeit with some sweary NYC interviewees! Fun.
Little bit odd but had some good grooves. Weird electro hip hop?
Good, but not much stuck out to me. Favorites: "Let's Get Killed", "Gritty Shaker", "Rodney Yates"
Fashion show music again...
Ich glaube ich werde dieses Album meinem Papa empfehlen.
Ganz cool als wirkliches Hintergrund-Album. Es "groovet" eher also auf Dauer einfach nicht besonders interessant aber voll solide für das was es ist, krass dass davon früher zwei Song in den UK-Charts waren. 6/10
New album and new music for me. There were some good surprises on this album. I added "My Mate Paul", and "Don't Die Just Yet" into my personal playlist. I really wish I could cut out the dialogues, and the shorter tracks. Let's Get Killed could possibly have been a 4 star album that I would want to come back to if the dialogues weren't included, but that is not the album that Holmes recorded. Does this sink the album to 2 stars? I REALLY want to skip the spoken dialogue recordings. I guess I'll compromise with 3.
This had some good beats and was a kool vibe but can't say it was particularly memorable. Probably wouldn't seek it out to listen to again but definitely enjoyed it.
This was a bit meh. The only song I liked was completely sampled from Serge Gainsbourg
Ah this is cool! I love that these recordings he got in NYC when he was 17 on a tape recorder. Some songs I'm finding pretty annoying/boring in parts. But I am also really enjoying other parts so it's very mixed feelings. Not sure if I'll listen again.
Best Song: Radio 7. The bit about Bond was great, as was the play on his theme. Worst Song: Head Rush on Lafayette. Because the preceding songs started with (what appear to be) candid recordings of people talking, the spoken word here ends up feeling forced in comparison. Give me more of those realistic, bizarre slices of life. Overall: Nice relaxed beats interspersed with strange street interviews. Nothing stands out all too distinctly, but overall the album does a good job of maintaining this sort of "hardened mellow" flow. Good background/working music.
It's not bad. It's not great. I liked the cinematic style songs, didn't see the added value of the samples of people on the street talking.
"Wow look at us, we're so cool" is the sentiment I had with this album. It wasn't too bad and the sound effects are ok. Quite intense, not necessarily in a bad way. Not for everyday listening IMO.
It was pretty good background music for working. Nothing overly exciting but some fun beats and melodies in there.
I'm of two minds on this one. If I heard any single cut from this on radio or streaming, I would make a point to check out who/what it is. But listening to the whole thing seemed interminably long and somewhat tedious.
Great background techno style instrumentals
A concept album of sorts about New York in regards to contemporary life, the four essences of hip-hop and punk rock lifestyles amid the surfaces of electronic music (samples of James Bond's theme abound in Radio 7). One of the more imaginative cinematic albums of its time period. Favorites: Let's Get Killed, Gritty Shaker, Radio 7, Slashers Revenge, Don't Die Just Yet.
Electronics with samples of NY street sounds. Good rhythm, lots of bass.
I have nothing against this particular David Holmes album. It's decent big beat / electronica overall. But as I've already said elsewhere, I have Dimery's full list, and I'm quite infuriated by his (and his contributors') shorsightedness when it comes to many other important genres, with glaring ommissions in them. Just look at jazz, for instance. No "Mingus, Ah, Um", no "Blue Train" or "Giant Steps" for Coltrane, no Shabaka Hutchings album from one of his many projects, not to mention some very important Miles Davis records missing here and there. And I'm mostly talking about legendary names here, not even *true* obscure stuff. So a decent but minor big beat album compared to those absent records doesn't weigh much in terms of cultural importance. Which is *why* I can't include it on my own list. Sometimes it's whole genres that are criminally overlooked. Apart from two releases by Slint and Sigur Rós, "post-rock" albums are nowhere to be seen. Where are those all-time masterpieces by Mogwai, Tortoise, Godspeed You! Black Emperor or A Silver Mount Zion? Seriously, guys, "trippy" music didn't stop with the sixties or the seventies. Those later masterpieces should be part of the so-called "canon", more than stuff by Quicksilver Messenger Service, for example. Such post-rock records have been here for a long time now, even for a few decades for some of them, and new generations are going back to those records as we speak. Who's rediscovering "Happy Trails" today, apart us music nerds through this app? Nobody. Likewise, post-hardcore, and emo are probably niche genres, but they should have some decent representatives in the list. And the same goes with the admittedly quite recent post-punk revival in the UK. "Hookworms" is only a very minor example of that recent revival selected by Dimery and co, and the problem is that it won't be remembered the way Idles, Fontaines D.C., Shame, Squid, Yard Act, black midi or Black Country New Road are going to be for sure. And we should also cross the pond and mention the outrageous absence of many current key American artists of all stripes and styles, from Billie Eilish to Big Thief, from Low to Weyes Blood, from Sharon Van Etten to Parquet Courts, or from Turnstile to Women / Vietcong / Preoccupations. Dimery and friends are sure ticking a few important boxes culturally speaking with records by Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey and Fiona Apple. But it's not nearly enough. And it's still very "mainstream". Make room for more important stuff now. Please... Album left to review of just listen to: more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here. Essential listens I'll keep on my list: Half so far. Albums I *might* include: a quarter. Albums I consider not essential at all: a quarter, including this one.
There is some interesting stuff on this but also some questionable stuff. Like why sample the James Bond soundtrack? Anyway, kinda fun
Nie jest to album na 4, bo niektóre utwory to naprawdę elevator music. Ale mocne 3, bliżej 3.5 nawet, bo są też świetne utwory jak "Don't die just yet". Wstawki "bondowe" mega spoko. Bardzo nierówny albumik
Taki zestaw sampli, znowu sobie coś leci w tle, nie przyciąga uwagi, do tego mniej eksperymentalne niż poprzedni w zestawieniu DJ Shadow. Mało angażująca, na pewno też bardziej taneczna niż do słuchania w domu. Nic szczególnego.
At first I found this album quite boring. But as it went on I played a fun game of "What movie scenario would this song be played in?" It made it a little more fun to listen to.
Weird trip hop that’s the definition of background
Listened to on 5/5/22 2.5/5 Favorite song: radio 7 This album was chaotic and felt like you were listening to music full blast in the middle of a city but the twist on the bond song was really fun
I wasn't expecting an instrumental album. A few more field recordings and found sounds and this would have been right up my alley. Still a good listen though.
I was in the right mood for this one. It's a great sit and think album. Relaxing and laid back, with just enough oomph to get the brain going.
nah I'm good
I actually really enjoyed this as background beats. It's cool stuff.
While it is unique, I did not enjoy it at all.
For the most part, the drum-driven grooves are of their time and genre. Every track could live as part of a soundtrack, but the skits fail to attach them into a free-standing structure. My body doesn't pick up anything particularly danceable either (N.B. I can't dance and this criticism is hypocritical given my enjoyment of Autechre's more abstract moments). This is something I notice with a lot of breakbeat: It's music that seems to be "about" other sound, but in an unpleasantly distant way. Because of all that, the Bond cover (for its explicit object), Rodney Yates (for its lounge jazz), and Caddell Returns (for its novel instruments) are highlights. I could see myself enjoying an album of cuts similar to Caddell in particular. Looking back, I see I gave Play this same rating, which feels a bit strange. For now, this seems like a strictly worse project. But it's not offensively bad at all and that response may come down to simple unfamiliarity.
I respect the skill that goes into making this kind of music, but the repetition kills me. 90% of the album was like a chisel being hammered into my skull. However, the one track I liked, I really liked. Best track: Don't Die Just Yet.
It's ok. not really my kind of music, I don't think. 2
House music that seems derivative in 2021
Not very memorably instrumental stuff. Not bad, just nothing too special.
I was made curious after having read the album information. Listened to it, nice, but I don't think it will get a replay. To me it is a lot of samples put together. The song ‘Gritty Shaker’ made me think of the Elvis Presley mix from Junkie XL ‘A little less conversation’.
A lot of the same thing over and over. Would have been a lot more effective as a 25 minute EP.
A poor attempt to be Brian Eno.
Un po' troppo elettrica per me
Didn't care for it.
Had some funky sections especially some of the bass lines which I enjoyed but largely bored me. The tracks do sound to me like they were made with films in mind. The odd track here and there were decent enough for that but not interesting enough as an album to listen to start to finish. 2*
Ñe la electrónica, pero me gustaron un par de canciones
2/5 didn't really leave a trace...
Gave it a couple of listens but nothing grabbed me. Pretty ho hum to be honest. 2 Stars!
De eerste tonen waren veelbelovend, maar uiteindelijk bleek het toch meestal niet zo goed te zijn.
I think it's boring! Was it in lots of soundtracks? Lock, Stock? Did we play it in Andy's Records? Very familiar.
Cool transitions between songs and a few highlights, but nothing really drawing me back.
Too noisy and scary eletronic music
Говнарь не пропёрся. Унылый пустой звук, который хоть как-то адекватно смотрелся бы лишь в формате сандтрека. Но это не саундтрек, даже не фейковый, это - полноценный релиз! Я бы, в принципе, признал ценность, будь альбом записан на заре электронной эры, когда-нибудь в конце 70-ых например. Но нет, это 1997 год! Да ещё и коммерческий успех. Зачем это люди брали? Тут не пофлексить, не почилить, по эмоциям не отбивается, просто музыкальные обои. Кое-как может запомниться лишь мотив My Mate Paul, да и тот не стоит своих 5 минут хронометража. Ухо выцепляет тему Джеймса Бонда, но мозг смысла её наличия здесь не выцепляет. По итогу - одна из самых посредственных работ в рамках 1001.
Weird hodgepodge of drum and bass with easy listening, with voice samples to not get bored, meh.
Background music, really. But only at home, doing chores or something. Probably would fall asleep behind the wheel if it was on in my car.
Album title says all. After listening to this album I want to kill someone. Myself maybe. It’s electronic noise mixed in with some decent grooves, lots of New York City stuff in between. Album had potential but I was not impressed by it.
Some cool samples and break beats, but otherwise pretty boring - not enough variety to keep me interested. Alright for background music, but that's not how I tend to listen.
I actually like how the album starts, just listening to the sounds of the city as it slowly moves into a beat. Good transitions between the songs; good background listening music.
Yeah...I don't love this. The technical aspect of some of the songs are fine enough, but the random chattering of crazy people is not enjoyable. Pass.
Eh. Gritty shaker is the best so far. Rodney Yates, most listened song not that bad, kinda groovy
Pro tip: If you're copy-pasting the same rhythm to make up the majority of the track, then it probably doesn't need to be 7 minutes long.
This was a tough one to get through
Meh, I guess it's ok at neutral music to work by, but not very interesting for me.
boring electronic music. some guy says "it'd be over if James Bond was hispanic"
It's just generic electronic music, with extended pointless spoken word passages. Kinda sounds like the interludes on a massive attack album, except less good and a whole album of them.
Not for me this.
Generic. All I could think of the whole time was that I was showering through a scene in Ocean's 11..... S I looked it up.. and yeah.... David Holmes did the whole soundtrack. Not offensively bad. Just nothing that would warrant a second listen: unless I was feeling clooneyish
Nice electronic / trip hop music to listen to but doesn't grab my attention. Tracks are too long without going anywhere, compared to say the Big Beat genre where songs evolve consistently throughout the song, justifying their lengths. There is diversity in these tracks, "My Mate Paul" like house, "Let's Get Killed" like a scifi rave, "Rodney Yates" like jazz, etc. Not enough to leave much of an impression. Vocal overlays are ok. Highlights are "Rodney Yates," the James Bond "Radio 7," and "Don't Die Just Yet."
La versió del tema de James Bond no està pas malament. Tampoc la revisió de Gainsbourg. Per la resta, elèctronica de supermercat que suposadament va marcar tendència... ok
Beat-heavy, sample-heavy, filmic, with spoken-word samples for the gritty sound of the streets, and hints of Roy Budd's Get Carter soundtrack - probably state of the art when it was made but sounds dated now.
Would make for an awesome old school rap album if it had lyrics, but just eh without.
A couple of tracks in I caught myself thinking out loud "What is the PURPOSE of this music?". That feeling didn't budge.
Just wasn't a fan of this.
So gar nix besonderes
2nd listen. First time I gave it 1/5 because it was kind of boring. On this listen, I think it is slightly better, but still not more than just background music. 2/5
Was man mit Breaks machen kann, sieht man z.B. 1996 an Aphex Twins Richard D. James Album oder noch spezifischer im Hip Hop Kontext an Endtroducing von DJ Shadow (auch 1996). Auch im Trip Hop Bereich haben Massive Attack und Portishead da schon längst abgeliefert. Warum das Album hier in der Liste drin ist verstehe ich wirklich nicht. Das ist vielleicht coole Musik für ein Café im Hintergrund, aber beim aktiven Hören fehlt da doch die Dynamik, alles wirkt sehr flach. Naja schade. Also eher "egal" als schrecklich - einfach emotionslos gealtert.
Also ein paar tracks waren ganz cool, eben diese oldschool-hip hop beats, aber diesen Geheimagenten-LARP hätte man sich sparen können. Außerdem viel zu lang, jeder Song iwie nur eine einzige Idee über 5 minuten gezogen
Ich mag trip hop sehr aber das Album hier fand ich doch ziemlich langweilig. Und als ich ein wenig nachgelesen habe was so hinter den samples steht, und auch durch ein paar Kritiken, hab ich rausgefunden, dass dieser Holmes nicht mal aus NYC kommt, geschweige denn dort lebt sondern aus Belfast. Fühlt sich durch diesen Kontext tatsächlich wie ein heftiger Bronx Larp an, der mit einem schlechten Beigeschmack daher kommt.
george clooney schlendert nespresso trinkend durch die casinohallen, rückt sein sakko zurecht, zwinkerd einer blondine im kurzen schwarzen zu und lässt im vorbeigehen unbemerkt einen kleinen gps sender in der hosentasche eines securityguards verschwinden.... cut, brad pitt sitzt im überwachungswan und sagt in sein sony headset "alles klar, wir haben das signal"
Erste Album was ich nicht geschafft hab also war ok aber lahm
an sich nicht schlimm. hat nur gar keinen wert für mich
It's all a bit dull if were being honest here.
Alternativ dance, indievibes, instrumentelt, konceptuelt, tematisk
Pretty much ever track has some drawn out sample of someone talking (sometimes on the phone or radio) that seems to be some meaningful or insightful message to the artist. It's not. It's not music. Everyone stop doing this, no one cares. Other than that, it's average downtempo jazz/funk/hip hop loops without a whole lot of variation or surprises.
Holy Mother of long songs.... I find a lot of this album musically intriguing. But I just don't really vibe with instrumental music that much. Also as for my first comment, five 6 and a half minute plus songs is ridiculous. The James Bond cover is pretty good. I just don't think this belongs on this list.
Well, about two minutes into the second track, ‘My Mate Paul,’ well, about two minutes into the second track, ‘My Mate Paul,’ well about two minutes into the second track, ‘My Mate Paul, well about two minutes into the second track, ‘My Mate Paul,’ well, about two minutes into the… Get it? One word description of David Holmes’ techno LP, 'Let’s Get Killed'? Repetitive. Little, to no music, in the sense of melody, or lyrics, or any of that old fashioned stuff. Mostly random street conversation upon which electronic beats and synthesized sounds are layered. My dog, Boo, and I could have replicated ‘My Mate Paul,’ for example, had I played one piano chord over and over and over again to the repeated beat of a drum machine, while Boo randomly stepped over the buttons on a synthesizer emitting various odd sounds. The only two tracks that came close to music in the traditional sense were ‘Rodney Yates’ and ‘Don’t Die Just Yet,’ with a pretty nice performance from Keith Tenniswood on vibes and lead guitar on both, and the London Session Orchestra on the latter. (I’m not counting ‘Radio 7,’ basically a cover of Monty Norman’s James Bond theme.) “Rodney Yates’ had an Aphex Twin kind of feel, an ambient artist I enjoy. So, I don’t necessarily need melody, lyrics, etc. But upon a first listen, 'Let’s Get Killed' just didn’t take. But for some unknown reason, it started to get under my skin a bit. So, I gave it another listen. I’m generous that way, sometimes. And then I started to get what Holmes was trying to do to as an artist, via his techno genre. Growing up in Belfast, he had an opportunity to visit NYC at 17, and taped a bunch of random conversations, traffic noises, and such, the sounds one would imagine to hear in such a setting. Ten years later, voila: ‘Let’s Get Killed,’ thusly titled after he and his associates were chased through the South Bronx by a group of thugs who wanted his expensive audio equipment. He took some lemons and made lemonade, some lemons and made lemonade, some lemons and made lemonade, some lemons and made lemonade… And you know, when I listened to it as a techno concept album, I found a new appreciation, and even enjoyment, for the thing. And that’s sans Ecstasy/Molly, or alcohol, or anything. Well, I was drinking a cup of straight up black French Roast coffee in my Bob Dylan Highway 61 mug, but I don’t believe it altered my consciousness too significantly. I was going to be mean and comment that the second to last track, ‘Don’t Die Just Yet,’ was David’s plea for the listener to hang in there, its almost over; and, that I had already died way back at the beginning (and I’m sorry I couldn’t use it, ‘cause that’s a good line, right?)… but I kinda dig it a little more now than before. Besides, I once sang lead in a new wave band that covered a certain Clash song at a gig where the audience was more than tired of us. And in our youthful ignorance, we ended with their big hit of the 'Combat Rock' LP, ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go.’ I spent the next three minutes bombarded by the audience response: ‘Go, you #*@#, go!’ I was humbled. Still am.
A bit dull, nice background for working but some of his other albums are better.
Ok. A bit crude lyrics
This was an ok electronic album but really just felt like background noise. Didn’t hate it but it just went by and then it was over. 3.1/10
Back in '97 I can see this being a well received album because the drum and bass beats and trip hop still sounded pretty cool back then. I see that he also did the soundtrack to Soderbergh's Out of Sight, which was a great caper film with a pretty good soundtrack too. Since Holmes is from Belfast he probably thought inserting the ramblings from various NYC street people would be interesting, but the novelty wears off fast for me. Rodney Yates has a nice chill vibe, but I think the best track is Don't Die Just Yet where he samples and channels the uber cool Serge Gainsbourg.
It's an interesting concept, taking conversations from the underbelly of NYC and laying beats beneath them. Some of the stories are riveting. I don't know that this is particularly ground-breaking, but it's okay to listen to. I could have done without the James Bond theme.
Kolejna muzyczka z windy, sample Jamesa Bonda spoko.
Kinda fun voice recordings & kinda interesting beats. But it definitely falls under ‘nice background music’ for me, rather than an album I’d choose to listen to all the way through.
This album has two things I dislike: being a too long album in the 90s and lots of sampling. Just doesn't do it for me.
Some cut-price 90s electronica
Bored me to tears from start to finish. Background music at best
This album sounds like it has been clipped together from lots of film moments. The sort of music that fills a none scripted filler scene. Undoubtedly for me that doesn’t make an album to listen to.
Nope nope nope.
1/5. Nothing but background music with some annoying "piece of shit motherfucker" talk.... Not one notable song. How does this make the list?
Noped out after 3 tracks. I don't need to listen to music for 90s incels
Whole lot of meh
Wasn't a fan.
This is not my kind of music. At all. As such, I can't find anything I like about it. 1/5.
Honestly terrible. Literally noise with a beat behind it.
könnte irgendwie soundtrack für an 90er jahre Sci-Fi Film sein - einen billigen. Is wurscht.
usch vilket mög
90's house music... ugh
I listened to this while on a walk and it actually worked well for that with the steady and repetitive rhythms. But nothing about this stood out to me nor impressed me.
This was decidedly not for me. Entirely too long and nothing really impressed me
A fine Trip Hop album.