Bobby Hughes Experience: Espen Horne (vocals, whistling, percussion);
Bjorn Ivar Tysse (vocals, whistlilng, bass); Jorund Fluge Samuelsen
(flute); Rodrigo Lopez (Fender Rhodes, percussion); Erik Holm, Tore
Chr. Sevoid (drums); Asbjorn Sundal, Ethan Soul Jazz (percussion).
Recorded at Recording Studio 90, Bergen, Norway between 1998 and 1999.
Unobtrusively fading in with trilling flute and percolating, bounding basslines, The Bobby Hughes Experience add the latin beats and hammond to round out the groove. From Norway, this collective of deejays and live musicians remix and recreate a 70s funky jazz jam. Bobby Hughes, a.k.a. Espen Horne embraces his Norweigan roots by using familiar samples, naming the album after his hometown, and putting a riotous spin on it. On a label most known for its hip hop releases (Ultimate Dilemma), the group utilize its archive of Scandanavian avant guarde jazz as a base for liquid breakbeats. The result is a tight cohesion of samba grooves intertwining with intimate jives and slinky space age samples. Not all is instrumental however, as "My French Brother," amidst a funky beat, spine tickling flute and cool organ jams, chimes in with smooth female vocal samples. Similarly, "B&S," breaking out the latin percussion and the keen flute and organ combo, sports a deep Rawlsian vocal growling "a little thing we call B&S." Subtle horns inflect more layers of rich valleys of sound throughout the album, making the hypnotizing loops organic and interesting. At times, the sound evolves into more lounge than breakbeat or electronica, especially with the Ennio Morricone reminiscent whistles on "Ore Twentyfore" and the midtempo African perucssiveness of the title track. What brings it all togther is the insightful combination of electronic and live instruments.