Amon Tobin....crud or cool

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Been playing Supermodified non-stop for two weeks and just got Bricolage. This is about as commercial as my tastes general thinking is Mr Tobin underground kewl or mainstream cafe muzak....your answers as always are appreciated....

David, Monday, 13 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Run to the record store. Buy _Permutation_. Bask in happiness and glory.

Tobin = super-mega-CLASSIC!

Dan Perry, Monday, 13 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Yeah, I never understood why Bricolage seems to be the critical favorite... it's good but Permutation is so much better. Bricolage seems to be saying "Here's some jazz, now here's some jungle, etc" much of the time, while Permutation mixes things up much more effectively.

Anyway, classic, though Supermodified didn't really do much for me.

original bgm, Monday, 13 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

His textures = amazing. isn't he being used in some ad?

Jason, Tuesday, 14 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Def. kewl. Wonder why he hasn't blown up yet, and anxiously await his next release.

md, Tuesday, 14 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

he was in a coke ad with kids sitting on top of a building watching the sun rise. part of a series that also used basement jaxx's 'red alert'.

ethan, Tuesday, 14 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

A vote for cool/classic from the Norwood jury.

Only vaguely aware of him before the Chris Morris collaboration and "Supermodified"; the latter is a blinding record, as dense as you like and hip-nudging throughout.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 14 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

v. cool, although susceptible to being used as webpage wallpaper muzak. however, being a fan of lo-content sound, I quite like these neverending pullquotes.

*, Tuesday, 14 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

i like bricolage and permutatuona quite a lot, wondered why everyone kept on banging on about mediocre ninja label mates.

supermodified boring tho. like the last track. check 'me in my garden', and 'nightlife' ( ikinda guessed those titles'...)

ambrose, Monday, 20 August 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

two years pass...
I am reviving this because I am listening to _Permutation_ today and (surprisingly!) it still sounds fresh and fantastic. "Reanimator", "Sordid" and "Sultan Drops" in particular are untouchable.

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 24 May 2004 15:14 (sixteen years ago) link

I loved Permutation the most, then got some lovely new studio monitors with big sub, now I like Out From Out Where way more. I'm such a sucker for music that 'sounds' good through a good system.

Classic all the way, I couldn't give a shit if he sold his music for McDonalds/Gap Collaborative Edible Hats, I'd still love his work. Shame so many of my friends won't listen to him now he's on the TV or getting played in a club.

TomB (TomB), Monday, 24 May 2004 15:20 (sixteen years ago) link

i find his music dull as fuck.

don (don), Monday, 24 May 2004 18:09 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh well, can't please everybody.

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 24 May 2004 18:20 (sixteen years ago) link

i will rub this man down with an array of exotic inflammatory oils before i rest his unconscious body face down in a tub of grade smuckers. total cool.

Felonious Drunk (Felcher), Monday, 24 May 2004 18:21 (sixteen years ago) link

I saw Tobin dj once. A handful of earplugs in a special Amon Tobin package (with a drawing of his face on it!) were throw out to the audience, after which he proceeded to lay out what a casual listener would think was a solid wall of bass for about fifteen minutes. It was intense.

mike h. (mike h.), Tuesday, 25 May 2004 03:10 (sixteen years ago) link

two months pass...
Tobin's stuff isn't as out there as it used to be since extreme! everything and electronic genres splitting and spreading cells like fast cancer but people calling his stuff commercial or mainstream shocks me because even with the BMW commerical I honestly think maybe 2 percent of the population has heard this guy's stuff. But if he really is mainstream and commercial, that means I've fully recovered from my youth and come full circle because Tobin is classic without a doubt.

Shaun (shaun), Wednesday, 4 August 2004 21:45 (sixteen years ago) link

Does anyone other than me think that Amon Tobin looks like Peter Barlow from Corrie?

cybele (cybele), Wednesday, 4 August 2004 21:48 (sixteen years ago) link

Cool, so of my fave artistes ever.

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Thursday, 5 August 2004 01:55 (sixteen years ago) link

I will definitely vouch for amon tobin. His work is pretty fucking incredible I say. Permutations is still my favorite but I have been listening to supermodified lately--hot damn.

Francisco Monar (fmonar), Thursday, 5 August 2004 14:00 (sixteen years ago) link

bricolage has always been my favourite.
his precision work as cujo i feel has been toally overlooked aswell. i think this man has been underrated time and time again.

dyson (dyson), Thursday, 5 August 2004 18:42 (sixteen years ago) link

Totally classic. Out From Out Where begs to be played on a booming sound system.

jeffery (jeffery), Thursday, 5 August 2004 18:57 (sixteen years ago) link

seven months pass...
I was at the debut 5.1 surround sound shows in Montreal this weekend, and it was probably the heaviest non-rock show I've ever witnessed. The material from the splinter cell soundtrack sounded particularly amazing, probably because it was properly mixed in 5.1 to begin with. I can't see his recent work getting much play in cafes and hair salons...

n.b. I'm totally implicated here, but my comments are sincere!

superultramega (superultramarinated), Monday, 28 March 2005 17:02 (fifteen years ago) link

the live one he did wasn't great, but had its moments. I like the latest one based on the Clancy video game, haven't picked it up yet. "Supermodified" and "Permutations" are among my favorite albums ever. Classic!

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Monday, 28 March 2005 18:23 (fifteen years ago) link

four years pass...

Reviving because Foley Room is decent but mostly just inspired me to dust off Bricolage and Permutation again and Permutation is still fucking monstrous.

lift this towel, its just a nipple (HI DERE), Thursday, 19 November 2009 15:17 (ten years ago) link

Permutation and DJ Food's Kaleidescope sent me on a completely fruitless 2 year binge of buying Ninja Tune stuff trying to recapture the first high.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Thursday, 19 November 2009 15:38 (ten years ago) link

In retrospect, the only really essential Ninja Tune albums are Permutation, Cold Krush Kuts and the Animals on Wheels album; a lot of the rest of the catalogue has amazing moments that don't really sustain for the entire album.

lift this towel, its just a nipple (HI DERE), Thursday, 19 November 2009 16:19 (ten years ago) link

anyone else enjoying the Two Fingers album? kinda forgot about it for a while, but shit rocks

steenpunk (The Reverend), Thursday, 19 November 2009 18:04 (ten years ago) link

Jaga Jazzist and Super Numeri albums also ace, not to mention the Solid Steel mixes (but especially the first). Foley Room was better than I expected, but it's definitely not close to his earlier stuff.
What's Two Fingers; I haven't heard of it?

wmlynch, Friday, 20 November 2009 00:56 (ten years ago) link

more good stuff on ninja tune

  • coldcut, let us play
  • mr scruff, keep it unreal
  • maybe the kid koala lps (?)

Paul in Santa Cruz, Friday, 20 November 2009 01:06 (ten years ago) link

xp: It's his kind of dubsteppy hiphop album with Doubleclick and Sway

steenpunk (The Reverend), Friday, 20 November 2009 06:26 (ten years ago) link

ten months pass...

this track is by far the heaviest thing dude has been involved in, it's so sick

the parking garage has more facebook followers than my band (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 18:49 (nine years ago) link

this would be a great track to blast in traffic with some HQ subs
the vvvvvvv sound that attaches and detaches itself to the bass is very original to me
however, I don't listen to much techno anymore

I give the song an A+ for what it is

popular music is destroying our youth (CaptainLorax), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 22:10 (nine years ago) link

seven months pass...

He's only doing six dates? And I already missed the only one in the Americas?

lukas, Saturday, 4 June 2011 00:10 (nine years ago) link

eight months pass...

I'm researching music for a project I'm working on, and the person I'm working for is in love with Amon Tobin. I'm not as in love with them, and so I'm looking for other artists similar that I may like more. Complex, melodic, complicated, layered.

Third Eye Foundation is one that I feel might work, but I need a few more.

Any help would be appreciated.

assemblagist, Wednesday, 8 February 2012 18:51 (eight years ago) link

That two fingers track featured in an adidas ad. Had no idea it was him, good one.

Moka, Wednesday, 8 February 2012 19:24 (eight years ago) link

^^^love that one so much

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Wednesday, 8 February 2012 19:28 (eight years ago) link

As for Amon Tobin songs, assemblagist... mmm I'm assuming you're not a fan of his usually frenetic programming. Here's a POX of his songs which are more 'delicate' while keeping his particular style and remain layered enough:

Mighty Micro People
Easy Muffin

As Cujo:

Fat Ass Joint
Superstars of Rock

If you're looking for an even more safe sound you can try Boards of Canada or Bonobo's "Dial M for Monkey"... not precisely in the same league as Amon Tobin but people who enjoy him tend to enjoy those two.

Moka, Wednesday, 8 February 2012 19:52 (eight years ago) link

I actually meant Bonobo's debut 'animal magic'... but dial M is alright too.

Moka, Wednesday, 8 February 2012 19:58 (eight years ago) link

eight months pass...

two fingers is the brostep it's ok to like

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Monday, 8 October 2012 15:43 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

listening to the two fingers full-length, it's like half old aphex twin vibes intercut with crazy arena synths. "fools rhythm" is still the best cut by far.

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Thursday, 15 November 2012 20:37 (seven years ago) link

The second one? The first one is more partnered with vocalists, the second one is all him playing with genre

under minnesota shakedown (mh), Thursday, 15 November 2012 21:46 (seven years ago) link

thought the record was just OK, didn't excite me enough to go back to it. also lol @ a couple of so-so bonus track with Peedi Crakk, because the idea of him and Amon Tobin working together would've made me shit my pants 10 years ago.

some dude, Thursday, 15 November 2012 21:48 (seven years ago) link

the newest one, 'stunt rhythms'. so was the first one with doubleclick and the second one is amon solo?

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Thursday, 15 November 2012 22:08 (seven years ago) link

I think so

under minnesota shakedown (mh), Thursday, 15 November 2012 22:10 (seven years ago) link

yeah that was the impression i got.

some dude, Friday, 16 November 2012 00:26 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

the doit? what do we do with the doit from the tunnel?

how's life, Wednesday, 7 May 2014 23:06 (six years ago) link

four years pass...

To say that I'm excited and feverish in my anticipation would be a gross understatement.

octobeard, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 06:31 (one year ago) link

please be sample-heavy

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 05:41 (one year ago) link

I wish he “returns to basics” on this one... he is a brilliant producer but it feels to me like he lost the ability to write a decent song, nothing he has released in the past 15 years has any replay value for me, it sounds gorgeous but it’s all style and no content, which ends up making every track overproduced.

It’s specially frustrating because he is clearly really, really good and towers above the rest of the ninjatune roster. His “sound design” is on a next level. Maybe producing (not remixing) for other artists in different genres would be a helpful reminder to keep things simple.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 09:33 (one year ago) link


pomenitul, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 10:23 (one year ago) link

It’s specially frustrating because he is clearly really, really good and towers above the rest of the ninjatune roster. His “sound design” is on a next level. Maybe producing (not remixing) for other artists in different genres would be a helpful reminder to keep things simple.

I mean his recent Two Fingers release was pretty simple and more catchy/dance oriented, comparatively. I feel I'm in the minority in that I feel he's done nothing but improve upon his sound and output over his entire career. I would love to hear something even more ambitious and abstract in terms of sound design, or perhaps meld the sounds of ISAN with some percussion and atmosphere of his earlier work. Either way, considering his last two albums were fairly sonically conceptual, I expect nothing less from this one.

octobeard, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 17:45 (one year ago) link

I agree. He's never going back to samples, c'mon.

At the time I felt like ISAM didn't have any hooks, but it's also amazing and ahead of its time. Feels prescient wrt some of the cinematic, sound design-heavy, high-impact music that's followed. Looking forward to a new one.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:17 (one year ago) link

I never claimed it was a reasonable request, but it's what I want. Two Fingers is great ISAM was ... eh maybe I should listen again.

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Wednesday, 5 December 2018 20:25 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

we are satisfied

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Friday, 1 March 2019 18:23 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Anybody know why Four Ton Mantis and Easy Muffin vanished from Spotify, iTunes etc? Must be sample clearance, but I can't even get that confirmed. Kinda weird that a fairly prominent artist has had some of their best work disappeared and no peep about it.

lukas, Thursday, 21 March 2019 01:32 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

I guess it’s been a long time since I’ve listened tonAmon Tobin because I was not expecting such an abstract record from him. I like the new record.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 27 April 2019 01:46 (one year ago) link


cheese canopy (map), Saturday, 27 April 2019 01:54 (one year ago) link

there is some good stuff on the new one, don't know if I'll come back to it much but glad he's still there doing his thing.

calzino, Saturday, 27 April 2019 08:58 (one year ago) link

Amon Tobin meets T. S. Eliot, huh. I didn't much like ISAM but I adore Amon Tobin at his best, so here's to cautiously hoping.

pomenitul, Saturday, 27 April 2019 09:03 (one year ago) link

Oh yeah I've been meaning to check this out.

chap, Saturday, 27 April 2019 17:27 (one year ago) link

I have seen Amon Tobin in three different places today (on my iPod shuffle, on a list of the best Canadian artists (though he's Brazilian or Brightonian ikr), on ilxor). Sign I should buy the new one in any case.

Sky rockets in flight, afternoon D-White (fionnland), Saturday, 27 April 2019 21:19 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Enjoying this album more than I remember. Wasn't really what I was looking for at the time, but for some reason an album titled "fear in a handful of dust" sounds better in 2020.

lukas, Monday, 14 September 2020 05:55 (one week ago) link

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