13 Degrees of Reality

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  • Summary: The latest release for the the British ensemble includes influences of jazz, rock, and world music with instruments such as kalimba, the koto, marimbula, and santur.
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  1. Mojo
    May 20, 2013
    80
    This restless, marauding and cacophonous set captures these most musicianly of b-boys firmly on top of their game. [Jun 2013, p.92]
  2. May 8, 2013
    80
    Though it may puzzle initially, its substance is such that it creates a mysterious and compelling listening experience that assures one that more will be revealed.
  3. May 8, 2013
    79
    It's got the breadth of a comprehensively adventurous band, able to balance a steady motorik churn midway between Kraut and deep soul while letting the pull of improvisational tangents and dub distortion shift the picture.
  4. May 8, 2013
    70
    Though initially intimidating, 13 Degrees Of Reality's murky, dub-inspired sound and paranoid aura get under the skin after repeated listens.
  5. May 8, 2013
    60
    The occasional introductions and interludes niftily splice together some sampled voices that add to the sense of abstract threat and unease, even if their impact feels a little hubristic at times. Yet beneath the tempestuous tensions in this music there are also occasional hints of reflection and consideration.
  6. Q Magazine
    May 13, 2013
    60
    It's a more searing and cranked-up affair than its predecessor. [Jun 2013, p.99]

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