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Boom Bip
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Boom Bip has about 40 years of pop sounds blended into his musical landscape, all digitized and looped and reformatted on his turntables and sampler. Highly experimental but rooted in hip-hop, the second disc from the Cincinnati-based drummer-turned-DJ otherwise known as Bryan Hollon is seasoned heavily with lite-rock flavors.

The opening "Roads Must Roll" taps into a grandiose string theme under a funky but gentle foundation; the closing "Walk Around Mirror Lake" has a feel oddly reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac or Kenny Loggins. Boom Bipís mutant hip-hop surfaces more directly on "The Unthinkable," which features a vocal by buck65, and "Mannequin Head Trap Door I Reminder," where the breakbeat is discernible but smothered in pillows of texture as MC Dose One raps on. Not a dance DJ, Boom Bip uses the bass as much as an interstellar hum as for its rhythmic pulse. Whether rolling out í70s-infused sonic wallpaper or bizarre spoken-word exotica like "Popsicle," he builds layers of sound without jarring shifts or thudding, overheated rhythms.

(Boom Bip opens for the Super Furry Animals at the Paradise this Monday, September 23. Call 617-562-8800.)

BY BILL KISLIUK

Issue Date: September 19 - 26, 2002
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