Alex Kid - ''Bienvenida'' here again
Released on 06/08/2001
Label: F Communications
"Opening with the gorgeously infectious 'Esmeralda', Alex Kid's long awaited debut long player, like St Germain's Tourist, follows a string of much praised EPs.
But unlike Tourist a majority of tracks here are previously unreleased or new re-workings of earlier tracks. Hence we get a new version of the down beat atmospheric 'Maybe' and a previously unreleased and totally breathtaking collaborative re-mix of 'I think' with Richard Dorfmeister.
The tactile production quality of the latter is revealing of Alex Kid's use of organic and digitised sounds, as Christian Lechevretel's trumpet and Stefane Goldman's guitar whisper over the drums and effects.
Guest artists pop up all over the album. Philippe Monrose provides most of the percussion and Jean-Philippe Rykiel shares piano and organ duty with Ready Made. Stefane Goldman contributes most of the guitars, apart from Norbert Galo's Fx-Guitar work on 'Maybe', Christian Lechevretel provides trumpet and trombone and Renaud Pion plays flute and saxophone on the bed and bass of 'Night Lines'.
'Fear In Flight' sees Ursula Rucker following the footsteps of Dana Bryant's jazz rap, while Bruno Rousselet plays a lilting upright bass line the Latin broken-jazz beats of 'Bienvenida'.
As well as laying down grooves, this is a beautiful and complex album. Surprises come from abstract jazz interludes, such as 'U's Variation', which come close to what Red Snapper term 'Fuck off jazz'.
Hanifah Walidah's vocals injects warm soul into the brew on 'Not Every Angel', while Rousselet rejoins the line-up for the superbly funky upright bass of 'Strawberry Lane'.
There might not be many stand out single tracks here, with the possible exception of 'Strawberry Lane', 'Not Every Angel' and 'Bienvenida' itself. But, when an album is as complete, varied and atmospheric as this, who needs hits.
This couldn't be further from the mass market and you either feel it or you don't. If you do Mr Kid's got a great big multi-genre jazz edged disco ball of a welcome awaiting you."