Xploding Plastix
Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents


4.5
superb

Review

by Marko Polovina USER (90 Reviews)
July 10th, 2009 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is baby-making music.

If you are just suffering from the lack of modern jazz nowadays I don’t blame you. I too was after anything while scouring for similar artists like Jaga Jazzist, The Cinematic Orchestra, or Skalpel. Nothing came close, after all those are some of the top tier nu/acid jazz bands out there. So I finally stumbled onto the abnormal sounding Xploding Plastix and damn am I pissed I never really interested in them until now. When I speak of Xploding Plastix and their style I’m really edging towards bands like Skalpel. For one their sound is organic, encountered with a bit of edge, and all the acidy jazz you would want. Their debut Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents may be the closest relative to Skalpel, but adherently a strange brew of toned down Richard D. James thrown into a frenzy of The Cinematic Orchestra. The Norwegian duo Jens Petter Nilsen and Hallvard Hagen started around 1999 and only two years passed until Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents was released under Norwegian label Beatservice.

I don’t think they’re would be any better time than right now to point out the mild qualms I have with this debut. Xploding Plastix manages to really punch through basics of modern jazz and tries to experiment quite a bit adding weight in certain tracks, while approaching it with casual glee like The Cinematic Orchestra, above all of these things the most noticeable problem is the amount of jerkin’ around they do. Absolutely, this is freedom at its best, extremely relaxed and smooth, but sometimes the purpose of this record may be bogged down by the amount of time the listener needs to get used to. Interestingly enough the band likes to approach each track differently, adding a bit of variety within the music, this can be tiresome for many, but for nu-jazz/acid-jazz fans this was meant for you so why not? “Sports, Not Heavy Crime” may be what you’ve been looking for, but Xploding Plastix tries to turn you on your head while adding an electronic eeriness and drum heavy “Funnybones & Lazylegs”. And this is where it all starts. Noticing how these small different approaches really change the album completely. The sound itself can’t be pinpointed at one spot as the each track moves differently. One thing remains is the overall warmth Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents brings. The lush jazz sound that Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents brings is completely brimming with warmth and doesn’t change even with the variety of different approaches the album takes. For any jazz record to work you sincerely need the heart and soul of what you’ve been working on in the record. It absolutely shows on Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents.

Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents may take one different approaches to an overall sound, but it doesn’t really detract from its overall mood and abundance. “Behind The Eightball” is extremely addictive, not because of the basic structure, but the subtle electronic sequences that elevate it to great heights. The same can be said for other tracks, using different approaches. The water-heaviness that the bass brings to “Single Stroke Ruffs” is complimented well with keyboard piano and occasional sample here and there. If you’re looking for more speed-oriented stuff then I’m sure you’ll dig “Treat Me Mean, I Need The Reputation”. What I’m trying to say here is there really is everything here for any jazz fan to be interested, old or new. Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents will probably go down as an unknown band, whether in jazz or any other genre, but it will truly stand as one of the best debuts to come out of the genre in a very, very long time.



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kitsch
July 10th 2009


5107 Comments


sounds cool

MassiveAttack
July 10th 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Smooth jazz all the way =)

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
July 10th 2009


3771 Comments


I've heard alot about this but never got round to checking it out. 'spose I should.

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ninjuice
July 11th 2009


6760 Comments


Awesome review man. Doesn't sound all that interesting to me though.

MassiveAttack
July 11th 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh yes you should Streetlight, you should. =)

Spare
July 11th 2009


5313 Comments


but the suddle electronic sequences that elevate

did you mean subtle?

Spare
July 11th 2009


5313 Comments


also this sounds pretty awesome

MassiveAttack
July 11th 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes I did, thanks for catching that.

Avirov
February 9th 2010


1206 Comments


Soooo goooood

aok
September 20th 2011


4440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha. def downloading this

aok
September 20th 2011


4440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck yes

MassiveAttack
September 22nd 2011


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol awesome

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2012


6487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Aw yeah!

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clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2013


6487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ye

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2013


6487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also, new look of the review pages is ugly as hell...

oubli
March 2nd 2013


67 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yeah, this album is awesome

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2013


6487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's the upbeat songs that drawed me in, but it's the slow and sensual ones that keep me coming back.

CaptainDooRight
February 25th 2014


29915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ridiculously good

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Egarran
May 23rd 2014


308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The drums on Funnybones are so great. I saw some Buddy Rich solos and was reminded of this.



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