Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

NIC
Necessary Intergalactic Cooperation
Malicious Damage
CD
November 15, 2007

Track list
  1. 5th Bean
  2. Rat
  3. Beast of Eden
  4. Tume
  5. Driftin'
  6. #11
  7. Green Room
  8. 06411
  9. Connectivity
  10. E-pluss
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
The latest NIC recording is a stormer of an album, particularly if you love your Blue Note funk, African Head Charge, 23 Skidoo, Jon Hassell and avant garde artists like Roland Kirk and Pharaoh Sanders.

And NIC are no newcomers to music, cashing in on the current resurgence of interest in dub/noise -- NIC's Ted Parson's has a serious musical pedigree and a resume as long as your arm, having played with Killing Joke, with members of John Lydon's Public Image, Ryan "Twilight" Moore, Prong, The Bug and Godflesh.

So, as you have probably gathered from his pedigree -- it's a fusion record, with awesomely tight snare-bass drum patterns, funk bass lines carrying dub weight, and horns patterns straight out of Jon Hassell's "Possible Worlds" visions and dreams.

My only gripe is the track listing -- the first three tracks don't really take off -- but when the fourth track, "Tume", opens, the albums finds its identity, releasing its imaginative, dreamlike power.

Track seven, "Green Room", is focused, industrial funk -- A driving drum pattern and eerie, distorted noise feeds back over the funk rhythms, evoking a mood reminiscent of 23 Skidoo's recent album.

"Connectivity" is composed of cut up, soaring bass tones and fractured drumming patterns.

For equally weird, imaginative and unusual sounds, be sure to check out Ted Parson's other project, Teledubgnosis, and their album "Magnetic Learning Centre".