Loka ‎– Fire Shepherds

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZEN 89 Loka Fire Shepherds(LP, Album) Ninja Tune ZEN 89 Canada 2006 Sell This Version
ZEN CD89P Loka Fire Shepherds(CD, Album, Enh, Promo) Ninja Tune ZEN CD89P UK 2005 Sell This Version
ZEN CD89 Loka Fire Shepherds(CD, Album, Enh) Ninja Tune ZEN CD89 Canada 2006 Sell This Version
ZEN CD89 Loka Fire Shepherds(CD, Album, Enh, Gat) Ninja Tune ZEN CD89 UK 2006 Sell This Version
BRC-147 Loka Fire Shepherds(CD, Enh) Beat Records BRC-147 Japan 2006 Sell This Version

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cyclo-bob

cyclo-bob

August 1, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Fire Shepherds, LP, Album, ZEN 89

This is definitely one of the best Ninja releases ever. If you like the jazz side of Ninja Tune you will sure love this one. Every time I have a listen to it I'm impressed. Great arrangements, complex structures, deep moods and a wide range of used instruments make this a masterpiece to me. 5 of 5 points.
scoundrel

scoundrel

September 7, 2011
referencing Fire Shepherds, CD, Album, Enh, ZEN CD89

The Ninja Tune stamp is usually an unmistakable sign of quality and Loka's debut, FIRE SHEPHERDS, is no exception. Leaning more on the jazz side of things, their songs have a loose, improvisational quality to them. Listen to how "Safe Self Tester" jumps in tempo halfway through, adding in a trumpet in the process and finally resolving into strings. For those who prefer a more thorough funk workout, "Meet Dad" has an undeniable groove. "Airfling" moves back toward open-ended dark-tinged jazz again, while the long "Freda Mae" throws in a noodling guitar for good measure. "Beginningless" has a gorgeous slow build that accretes over its running time. The two-part "Tabernacle" starts off in a full-orchestral glory before swinging into a bass-driven groove. A stunner.