Koolfang ‎– Koolfang III • Be Aware

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Tracklist

1 Be Aware 7:40
2 Don't Be A Spooner 12:02
3 Fuerteventura 10:19
4 Jeanne 12:32
5 All The Motions 7:44
6 Here Comes The Rain 14:02

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Limitation: 1,000

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  • Barcode (Text): 8 81005 03472 2
  • Barcode (String): 881005034722
  • Matrix / Runout: PK 08/169 P+O-67710-B 03-05
  • Label Code: LC 6269

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tetsufreak

tetsufreak

January 9, 2019
i love pete but this is a real stinker.couldnt wait for it to finish.im working my way through petes discography.recycle bin eat ya heart out.jesus those vocals
tcordes

tcordes

September 20, 2012
At first glance, the vocals on Be Aware aren't as awful as I was prepared for by everyone's negative comments. In fact, they fit in pretty well and suit the mood of the song. They approach cheese factor 9 for brief moments here and there, but for the most part I don't mind them -- and I might even like them!

PK sounds a bit different than I would have imagined based on his picture and knowing that he's German. His English speaking skills are pretty good! Better than my second language abilities, that's for sure. Also, he has a decent voice for this type of thing. Hey guys, admit that it sure could have been worse!

My first impression is that track 1, Be Aware, is a great springtime song. The pseudo-porngroove, late 80's "Pump Up the Volume"-esque percussion sounds and mellow tones really work for me. Take away the vocals, or tone them down a bit and I *probably* would enjoy the song more -- the music is pretty strong -- but, then again, maybe not. I certainly won't be skipping track 1 on subsequent plays, as some have suggested. In the context of rest of the very playful Koolfang series, the vocals aren't that out of place.

I'm going to give PK lots of credit for having the guts to put these vocals on the track. He must have been aware he was taking a risk breaking out of the FAX norm. He also must have been conscious of how he might sound to non-Germans not used to the accent. AND he must have felt a bit silly regarding some of the things he says. It takes lots of guts to not just yank the whole vocal track out of the song in editing.

As for Spooner, I have to again disagree with most of the reviews so far. It sounds to me like some of Underworld's weaker moments. Not much of a melody. More of a detroit style with a some house beats. Would have been better cut to 4 mins.

Fuerteventura is basically like track 1 but with a weaker musical backing (except the guitar part). Take out the vocals and guitar and you don't have much. I like PK's scat singing bit around 2:40. He plays on some of the melodies from KF2 track 1, which I really like. The guitar work isn't as catchy as KF2, but is still really smooth and saves the song from complete (instrumental) pointlessness. Actually, that sounds too harsh: to clarify, I really like the parts with the scat and the guitar but find the rest musically boring.

As everyone has said, Jeanne is a stellar track. This will quickly climb into my top 50 FAX tracks list -- and maybe even higher. Really strong Move D/Namlook style track. Wow! PK definitely hasn't "lost it"! I love that slow-attack sound (must be Move D's?) every 4 measures or so. The Roland D50 Pizzacato(sp?) sounding rhythm backing also works great. PK's synth (moog?) solo near the beginning is also nice... it all just comes together really well.

No one said much of the last 2 tracks, but I think they are real standouts. Track 5 is more like what 1 and 3 should have been in terms of the quantity of vocals. Here they sound much more natural and subdued. A real nice track.

Here Comes The Rain is the best track of the album and I'm extremely pleased that it (like Jeanne) is so (relatively) long. Almost hearkens back to I.F.-like ambient sounds, but with a Possible Gardens-type cool groove. A slow builder, this track has lots of interesting elements. I love the subtle barely-there distorted-vocoder and that abrupt glitch sound that follows. The melody when it comes in is one of the best PK melodies in a long while. Very atmospheric -- close to brain-tingling status here! I WANT MORE!

The production values on the album are very high and the sound quality is excellent. Whatever money Pete's throwing into his studio lately is certainly paying off. This album will be a good one to play in the car, though I might get some strange looks from passers-by when I'm playing tracks 1 & 3 ;-)

After 3 listens I give this album at least a 7 out of 10. As a whole I think it's the best Koolfang release yet, simply because so much of the other 2 had many tracks that really never did much for me.
IAMTECHNO

IAMTECHNO

May 3, 2005
edited over 6 years ago

Probably the best of the Kookfang series so-far. A more electronic house-jazz sound compared to previous more live acoustic jazz from Koolfang albums 1 and 2. Here breezy summery jazz flow along with warm house like rhythms, giving this release a delightful soulful edge. A nice relaxing listen for those summer nights. 8/10
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