‘Seven Wonders’ from Mojo Rising is a 7-track album that exudes a worldly and textured palette of Funk, Dub, Instrumental and Electronic music. ‘Stonehedge’ starts it off at about 100BPM with a satisfying crackling snare, funky instrumental breaks for uprocking and clever sampling. ‘The Lighthouse’ is a bright and spicy tune with softly plucked upright bass with Jazz and Latin tones, wonderful live drums and a beak down into slower beats, and balmy ethereal synths and sub bass. ‘Hanging Gardens’ is a gem that drops in with silky smooth powerful bass and playful IDM beats, relaxing vocals and blissful sounds. ‘Pyramid’, a striking tune, builds with fresh upbeat bit crushed drums, exquisite and ghostly beautiful shades of melodies and reverberating samples for a satiating listen. Ending is the pensive and equanimity of ‘The Tomb’ an electronic ambient Dub journey with gentle piano and relaxed snare, the leisurely bass carrying the tune in pleasant waves. A liberating, appealing album ‘Seven Wonders’ gives the listener an exotic and diversely satisfying experience.
This is one of my favourite chill-out albums. The stripped-back beats remind me of the Bristol UK trip-hop scene in the early 90s. 'Strange Seed' is like a less intense instrumental version of Portishead's 'Glory Box'. Eclectic