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What's That Noise?

Coldcut

1989

What's That Noise?
Album Summary

What's That Noise? is the debut album by Coldcut, released in 1989. Guests on the album include: Lisa Stansfield on "People Hold On" and "My Telephone", Mark E. Smith (The Fall) on "(I'm) In Deep", Junior Reid on "Stop This Crazy Thing", Queen Latifah on "Smoke 1" and Yazz on "Doctorin' the House". Trouser Press wrote: "In between the vocal tracks are various 'Beats & Pieces', as one title has it: samples, melodies and grooves that help flesh out What’s That Noise?, a patchy but generally rewarding debut." The Stranger called the album a "classic LP [that] married cut-and-paste techniques with old-fashioned songwriting smarts."

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2.83

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Genres
Electronica

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Thu Sep 28 2023
4

English electronic producers in the 90s I am retroactively begging you to practice some restraint in your album lengths. I was enjoying this album a pretty good amount ("Stop This Crazy Thing" is awesome!), then I looked at the runtime and realized that, after listening for half an hour, I still had 40 minutes left to go! Point deducted for being too long, which is a shame because it's otherwise quite good.

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Sat Oct 21 2023
5

Brilliant house music. There was always something different about Coldcut - the variety of genres, the wittiness in the samples, a playfulness and genuine musicianship. So much House was formulaic and predictable. Coldcut were anything but. We need this on streaming services and soon!

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Wed Nov 15 2023
5

This album is a 1995 24-Hour Fitness Spin Class jammed into a box.

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Mon Sep 18 2023
5

Already a fan of Coldcut although I must admit I hadn't listened to this one until now due to it's lack of being readily availability. Great mix of vocal and instrumental tracks which would become the style of many of their albums to come. High energy and a blast to listen to. Although it must be said that the first track, "People Hold On" does sound noticeably different to the rest of the album but is still a great song none-the-less Stand out tracks: - My Telephone - Stop This Crazy Thing - No Connection

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Wed Nov 15 2023
5

Dope. Get it on YouTube definitely worth it

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Mon Jan 01 2024
5

Great listen. Found on youtube. This was a true all time classic. Lisa - what a great artist. Not listed on Deezer, or on Youtube Music. Shame on all. Thank you for remembering this here!

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Mon Jan 08 2024
5

This absolutely slapped. It hearkens back to everything that made me respect and fall in love with electronic music when I first listened to The Avalanches, and also calls to mind Paul's Boutique. I can see the massive influence this had, and it makes me wanna get up and wiggle.

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Sun Jan 21 2024
5

This is a great record. Would be great at parties to show you are OG. Too bad it's not on Spotify. Had to go to YouTube.

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Sun Sep 17 2023
4

Pretty cool and interesting album all things considered but I would definitely not be in a rush to listen to it again. It was kind of a lot. Favourite song Stop This Crazy Thing. (Also future me rereading these reviews listen to the first minute of the album again just do it)

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Tue Sep 19 2023
4

Wow. 1001 albums featured a house collection that doesn't make me want to stab myself in the eardrums. I can actually put this one on and, you know, *listen* to it.

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Thu Sep 21 2023
4

Whenever I see "British Electronic Music Group" on here (so basically every other day for the last 3 years) I always cross my fingers. Sometimes it's great, and sometimes it's awful. Today was great!

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Thu Oct 05 2023
2

Couldn't bring myself to listen to it all. Really not my thing. Has some decent tunes, but also some really obnoxious ones.

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Mon Nov 06 2023
2

I'm cool with house music but I don't think this is worth much of a listen. Rough around the edges with certain elements that don't pan out that well.

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Sun Nov 19 2023
2

I do not need another DJ album mixing and sampling sounds. There is a place for it but not on this list. I don't mind it occasionally but I don't need a 50 minute album of it. Still better than some of the albums on this list.

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Mon Dec 11 2023
2

wtf did i just listen to... this was just a complete nothing of an album. UHHHH 5.7/10

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Mon Dec 11 2023
2

Synthetic and silly and tedious and way, way too long. Wow, do all the sound bytes make this sound dated and the utter opposite of timeless. "Party and bullshit" -- very much the emphasis is on the latter. This Fall fan will pretend not to have heard Mark E. Smith. More dumb than dope.

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Sun Dec 24 2023
2

Far too springy (and messy) for me.

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Fri Mar 08 2024
2

What’s that noise, you ask? Oh, just another load of trip hop electronica shit. Yeah, we’re moving on.

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Fri Mar 22 2024
2

Unremarkable. Had a bit of zip here and there, but really, what's it doing on this list?

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Wed Apr 24 2024
2

The album asks a good question, though an even better one might be what's so special about that noise? Boring, cheesy 80's hip hop / house combo. Splicing together a bunch of samples does not a good album make. My Telephone wasn't bad and I guess there were some other decent moments. Too few and far between though.

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Wed May 01 2024
2

2 Generic 90s techno. I don't know why the hell this is on the list.

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Mon Sep 25 2023
1

I think the name of this album works both for people that like it, and those that despise it. Unfortunately, I'm much closer to that latter group. It was just a bunch of noise that I couldn't fins a key into. It seemed very chaotic and random, just for the sake of chaos and randomness. I didn't have any fun listening to this album and honestly, I would just rather forget about it.

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Mon Oct 16 2023
1

This whole album is a disjointed, noisy mess. And it's not even an original mess. It's a trash pile made out of other peoples' work. This wasn't worth the time it took to hunt the album down.

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Thu Oct 19 2023
1

Better than some bland dance music...but just barely. 1.5/5

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Mon Nov 20 2023
1

Yeah this was not something I enjoyed having to find. When I found it I didn’t enjoy listening to it. It was just noise noise noise. Cannot recommend. No thank you!

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Thu Feb 15 2024
1

What was that noise? God this gets tiresome after about 1 song and I have no clue how I made it through the rest of this. 2/10

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Mon Mar 25 2024
1

What's that noise? Oh, it's this shite House album!

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Wed Oct 25 2023
5

Super fun, great for focusing at work.

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Mon Nov 20 2023
5

I don't know what I expected but it sure wasn't this. What a party! Danceable and fun. Delightful.

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Mon Nov 20 2023
5

Why had I not ever heard of this? I mean, it seems like something that I would have listened to in 1989. I totally felt this jam!

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Thu Dec 14 2023
5

Wall to wall bangers. You could have told me that No Connection was on RENAISSANCE and I would have believed you. Favorite track was definitely Stop This Crazy Thing

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Sun Jan 21 2024
5

What an AWESOME album! Never heard of this but it had everything I love. Hip Hop, Samples, Synth, Dance, Creativity and Bizarreness… loved this album. Going to mix it into the rotation for sure! This is my first 5/5 rating on here. Going to find more about this band for sure!

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Tue Feb 06 2024
5

Not my fav genre but reminded me of DJ Shadow. Then I realized this predates Shadow by several years and realized what a groundbreaking album this truly is.

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Sun Feb 11 2024
5

I had not previously heard of Coldcut, but this album was fantastic. Clearly very groundbreaking, hard to imagine that this came out in the mid-80s. Will definitely check out their other stuff.

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Sat Mar 02 2024
5

Oddly, I have never heard of this artist, or this album, yet practically every track on this album is familiar and - more importantly - good.

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Thu Apr 04 2024
5

So dissapointed that this isn't on my streaming services but so glad I was able to listen to it because it's right up my alley and so good I'm finding it hard to pick a favourite track. As soon as Smoke Dis One kicks in I'm hooked and Stop This Crazy Thing ramps up the vibe, Not Paid Enough is so much fun but I couldn't find a list of all the samples. Which Doctor? and My Telephone are great and Fat (Party And Bullshit) keeps the party going.

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Mon Apr 22 2024
5

Mahtava house-lätty! Kiva ettei tanssimusan kulta-aikaa ole listalta täysin unohdettu. Paljon on moni artisti mm. Avalanches tälle velkaa. People Hold On, My Telephone, Stop This Crazy Thing ja No Connection todella priimaa edelleen. Muuten ehkä vähän epätasainen. Sanotaan 4,5/5, joka pyöristyy ylös, koska genresympatiat.

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Sun May 12 2024
5

Revolutionary album at the time it came out. I was amazed after listening to this for the first time in nearly 40 years how commercial sounding this is by today's standards.

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Fri Sep 22 2023
4

Standouts: Stop This Crazy Thing, People Hold On, My Telephone, No Connection, What’s That Noise.

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Sun Sep 24 2023
4

Really good dance music, sounds ahead of its time for sure!

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Fri Oct 06 2023
4

A good house/EDM/digital album.

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Wed Oct 11 2023
4

It's an hour in the dance clubs. How did I never hear this as a teenager?

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Tue Oct 31 2023
4

Toffe plaat. De samples zijn duidelijk uit elkaar te houden, waardoor je de intentie van de artiesten en hun skills beter kunt appreciëren.

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Thu Nov 02 2023
4

What does waste look like in music? Some theory of it's behind criticism of records for length, feature lists or lack thereof, repetition, suitability for dancefloor or headphone. What's That Noise? doesn't electrify the body; It turns skits abstract, nonverbal, unmoors them from either pre- or proceeding. The electronic middleness is sprinkled with just enough, ending up good. Fair and fitting as a question without an answer.

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Wed Nov 08 2023
4

I think something like this walked so someone like DJ Shadow could run. It's also an interesting note that Mark E. Smith and Queen Latifah were on the same fucking record. Back half is way stronger than the front. Favorite tracks: "Stop This Crazy Thing", "Smoke Dis One", "Not Paid Enough"

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Thu Nov 09 2023
4

A pretty good edm album. Enjoyed the two listens. Could only find it on Youtube. 4/5!

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Fri Nov 10 2023
4

I have had quite a problem with some of the electronic entries, because I don't really get house genres for example. But this album is captivating and I just find it extra cool that it's a debut from 1989

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Sun Nov 19 2023
4

Undeniably a classic of its time, but dance wasnt amazing back then

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Mon Nov 20 2023
4

If you'd asked me who this was before I listened to it, I'd've told you I have no idea. I'm surprised at how many of these songs I know. Either from having heard them before or having been sampled by other groups.

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Mon Nov 20 2023
4

This was probably not exactly the right choice for me today to listen to as I am a bit under the weather. But still it was clever and fun and expertly assembled. The cover is also awesome. Some of the songs were definite 5s for me, some not. Very entertaining!

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Mon Nov 20 2023
4

Some good dancy dance electronic music from the late '80s. Although I didn't really recognize this (apart from many of the samples that were commonly used then!) it felt quite happily nostalgic for days of yore and kept me moving while I cleaned the kitchen.

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Thu Nov 23 2023
4

Not on Spotify. Good YT album available though! Pretty eclectic west coast rap vibes. Enjoyed quite a bit!

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Wed Dec 06 2023
4

Some good songs that take me back.... 4/5

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Wed Dec 06 2023
4

People Hold On is a classic late 80s piece of pop-house which has aged very well. The rest of this is a classic piece of late 80s cut and paste and very listenable. Helped by the fact I found it on youtube as one piece with no ads. The longest track was my least favourite though, the one with the horns In the Hall of the Mountain King. Smoke Dis One was great. My version has (the excellent) Not Paid Enough instead of Doctorin' the House so I stuck that on at the end. Oddly I have no memory of that one. Ninja Tunes is a decent label too.

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Mon Dec 11 2023
4

Love coldcut but the album isn't on Spotify. Finally an album that isn't rock. This list is so biased towards rock, or the random selection of very rock heavy currently.

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Thu Dec 14 2023
4

The worst part of this album was that it isn’t on any streaming service. But I did enjoy the vibe

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Thu Dec 14 2023
4

Very bizarre but fun album. Reminds me of the electronic music my friends and I would make in middle school

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Fri Dec 15 2023
4

Stop stop stop that crazy thing

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Thu Dec 21 2023
4

I'm reminded of a multitude of samples listening to this album. The result is a patchy, but interesting cacophony of beats and rhythms. It's a funky experiment that sounds surprisingly modern considering it was released in 1989; the vocals to betray a 80/90s aesthetic, but enough time has passed that it can be perceived as nostalgic. 'Stop This Crazy Thing' and 'Theme From "Reportage"' particularly feel as if they could have been created today using vintage samples.

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Mon Dec 25 2023
4

There were a few tracks on there I was already familiar with and I found myself enjoying the album overall. Vibes of Happy Mondays mixed with New Order, at times.

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Wed Dec 27 2023
4

Really fun and grooving album. Easy to dance to and get lost in. There were a few weird tracks and misses, but overall good.

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Wed Jan 03 2024
4

7/10. Quite enjoyed this one in general, though a couple tracks were rather annoying

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Mon Jan 08 2024
4

What a perfect portrayal of the decade of cocaine.

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Thu Jan 11 2024
4

Not a bad electronic album especially since it is from 1989! I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed this album and several songs were added to my collection. I have never heard of Coldcut until this album came up. It is a shame that I can only find the album on YouTube. I highly recommend at least one listen of this album in its entirety. Favorite Song(s): "Stop This Crazy Thing" (both versions), "People Hold On", "My Telephone", "Not Paid Enough", "(I'm) In Deep"

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Sat Jan 13 2024
4

Electronica, house. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Tue Jan 30 2024
4

Had to listen to a different coldcut album as not on Spotify, but Nice groovy stuff.

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Thu Feb 01 2024
4

This was fun, liked it. What was the other review here? Feels like an hour - long spin cycle class! :)

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Thu Feb 22 2024
4

Honestly dope album for 80s/90s vibes

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Fri Feb 23 2024
4

Great dance album, lots of variety good sampling, really worth listening if you can find it,

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Wed Mar 06 2024
4

This hit the sound that most electronic music went for in the 1990s. Some absolute bangers, and some truly weird stuff. Maybe slightly long.

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Sun Mar 10 2024
4

Real nice listen with some diverse and heavy hitting features. Big jump between Mark E Smith and Queen Latifah. What's That Noise was the only recognisable tune and also my highlight.

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Sat Mar 16 2024
4

A wonderful cacophony, with samples piling on top of each other to build a collage of sound. Not really my thing, but I can certainly appreciate the skill involved. Some excellent guest vocals as well, and and infectious joyousness that made me want to dance around the office. Not sure what happened to the spotify link, or if the album has been removed for some reason, but this is well worth seeking out on an alternate platform.

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Mon Mar 18 2024
4

Hard to access but from what I've heard it was quite good!

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Thu Mar 21 2024
4

tiny ass album cover. bändiltä löytyy spotiftstä musiikkia mutta ilmeisesti ei voida albumia sinne laittaa.. noh onneks löytyy 40 tuhatta näyttökertaa saanut upload you tube sivustolta. käytetään arkipäivän asioita, kuten puhelimen rimputusta ja ihmisäänen kavallusta osana musiikkia. esim. pink floyd ehkä kopioinut? There is no dark side in the moon, really. As a matter of fact, it's all dark my telephone

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Wed Mar 27 2024
4

Fun and innovative for the era, this collection is an intense kitchen-sink approach to capturing a huge range of electronic music capabilities of the time. Great samples, vocalists, and even song structure. This calls to mind "Paul's Boutique" in it's approach to sampling everything on planet earth, but in a tasteful way. Not an everyday listen, but complements to the chef.

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Wed Mar 27 2024
4

A nice history lesson, shame it is a little too long.

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Thu Mar 28 2024
4

I could only find this on YouTube. My guess is that they couldn't clear the samples that were used. Too bad - good stuff.

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Thu Mar 28 2024
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: People hold on

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Sun Mar 31 2024
4

Relatively generic 80s electronica. I'd put this on in the background of an 80s party, but probably wouldn't seek it out on it's own. Very creative samples and the nostalgia of hearing "Not Paid Enough" bump this up a half a star.

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Mon Apr 15 2024
4

Oh this is groovy. And I'm not the kind of person who calls things groovy.

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Wed Apr 17 2024
4

Loved it. Sample based like the avalanches

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Thu Apr 18 2024
4

Coldcut rule. They're masters of patchwork sampling, and this album is no different. Every song is packed to the gills but still manages to feel cohesive.

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Thu Apr 18 2024
4

Never would’ve heard this album without 1001 Albums, and now if I ever come across a copy I’ll be snatching it up because it was quite an enjoyable listen.

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Thu Apr 18 2024
4

For some reason I am not supposed to listen to this as neither Spotify nor Qobuz had this available (in my country). I did find two tracks on youtube (featuring Lisa Stansfield) ant those were pretty good (I generally like Lisa Stansfield). I also listened to some tracks from other Coldcut albums that were available from Qobuz and I liked those too. None of them could be called masterpieces but they were very enjoyable so 4 stars.

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Sat Apr 20 2024
4

Nice sexy chill out vibes to work to.

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Fri Apr 26 2024
4

Lots to like on here but unfortunately a fair bit of messy noise too. Needs a second pass with to edit it down to a tight 35mins to bump it to full marks.

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Wed May 01 2024
4

I like what I like, and as someone who listens to DJ mixes on Soundcloud while she works, this is 100% up my alley. I just like everything about it – the gaudy female vocals, the frequent cutting, the sample flips to give the illusion of lyrics, the tacked-on raps. It is the Platonic Ideal of an NYC Block Party circa 1985, even though this is from 1989 and was made by two Brits. It is a hard album to rate, though. Not as a matter of personal taste, because again, I know this is to *my* taste. But it’s hard to listen to some albums on this list and not consider what is “missing,” especially when you consider genre pioneers. And this album/Coldcut feels distinctly ~lesser~ if the focus is to highlight innovators. It took slightly too much research to figure out why Coldcut was influential, or if they even were influential at the time, even though I could identify flags like the Tommy Boy US label distribution or the remix of “Paid in Full” being on that album’s CD reissue. And while I walked away concluding that Coldcut is, in fact, an important band in the history of House/Electronic music, I can’t help but wonder if Inner City’s “Paradise” or Fingers Inc.’s “Another Side” would work better as pioneer representatives, or even Lords of Acid a few years later, even if “Lust” is more New Beat/Techno. Still, I can justify “What’s That Noise” as perhaps influential on the DJ mix aesthetic so many use today, although I’m not entirely sure if that influence is as direct as others. Then again, House/Electronic music is not an album genre, and the pioneers can’t be easily summarized in a list like this. I can’t shake the fact that this is not on streaming, though, and all the YouTube comments are noting either a single track’s use in the Japanese game show Gaki no Tsukai (which is already a niche within a niche of online cultural awareness), or its inclusion on the 1001 Album list…which means this probably isn’t even directly influential to DJs today. “What’s That Noise” seems to suffer most from the fact that it sounds secondary, even for its time, and therefore can read as inessential. If you can strip your brain away from the challenge and listen to it on its own merit, though, I think this is a wonderful ‘80s House album, and if you like turntablism, sampledelia, and DJ mixes, you’ll probably enjoy this like I did. Ultimately, I think it earns its keep on this list, but I’d feel better saying that if early House was better represented overall.

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Sun May 05 2024
4

Coldcut's "What's That Noise?" is a seminal album that fuses elements of electronic, hip-hop, and dance music, released in 1989. With its innovative production techniques, socially conscious lyrics, and eclectic blend of genres, the album remains a standout in the realm of electronic music. Here's an in-depth review covering lyrics, music, production, themes, influence, and a look at the album's pros and cons. **Lyrics:** The lyrics on "What's That Noise?" are socially and politically charged, reflecting the cultural landscape of the late 1980s. Tracks like "Stop This Crazy Thing" critique consumerism and the rapid pace of technological advancement, while "My Telephone" addresses the intrusive nature of modern communication. The album's lyrics are often witty and thought-provoking, offering commentary on issues that remain relevant today. **Music:** Musically, "What's That Noise?" is a dynamic blend of samples, beats, and electronic sounds. Coldcut's use of sampling is particularly innovative, incorporating snippets of dialogue, music, and other audio elements to create richly textured compositions. Tracks like "Doctorin' the House" and "Beats + Pieces" showcase the duo's skill at layering complex rhythms and melodies to create infectious grooves that are simultaneously danceable and intellectually engaging. **Production:** The production on "What's That Noise?" is top-notch, showcasing Coldcut's mastery of sampling and studio techniques. The album's sound is crisp and polished, with each element carefully crafted to create maximum impact. Coldcut's use of sampling is particularly notable, with the duo seamlessly blending disparate sounds and genres to create cohesive musical landscapes that push the boundaries of what was possible at the time. **Themes:** Thematically, "What's That Noise?" explores a range of topics, including technology, consumerism, communication, and social change. The album's lyrics offer incisive commentary on these issues, challenging listeners to think critically about the world around them. Coldcut's use of sampling reinforces these themes, with snippets of dialogue and audio clips adding depth and nuance to the album's message. **Influence:** "What's That Noise?" has had a significant influence on the electronic music landscape, helping to popularize sampling as a creative tool and paving the way for future artists to experiment with the medium. The album's innovative production techniques and socially conscious lyrics have inspired countless musicians across genres, cementing Coldcut's status as pioneers of electronic music. **Pros:** - Innovative use of sampling and studio techniques. - Socially and politically conscious lyrics that remain relevant. - Eclectic blend of genres, including electronic, hip-hop, and dance. - Crisp and polished production that showcases Coldcut's skill and expertise. - Significant influence on the electronic music landscape, inspiring future generations of musicians. **Cons:** - Some tracks may feel dated to contemporary listeners due to their production style and sampling choices. - The album's thematic focus on technology and consumerism may feel somewhat narrow to some listeners. - Coldcut's use of samples may raise questions about copyright and intellectual property rights, particularly in today's music industry landscape. In conclusion, "What's That Noise?" stands as a landmark album in the realm of electronic music, showcasing Coldcut's innovative production techniques, socially conscious lyrics, and eclectic blend of genres. While some tracks may feel dated to contemporary listeners, the album's influence on the electronic music landscape remains undeniable, making it essential listening for fans of the genre.

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Sun May 05 2024
4

Not my favourite, but an amazing house record, very ahead of its time. Not on Spotify though...

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