Neon Phusion ‎– The Future Ain't The Same As It Used 2 B

Laws Of Motion ‎– LM CD 101
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1 Intro 1:18
2 Destination 4:22
3 How Times Fly
Featuring – Don Ricardo
4 Blue Tetra 4:04
5 Hot Ice 5:44
6 Interlude 1:10
7 Space Jam 7:25
8 Electric Lady
Featuring – Sylvia Tella
9 Timecode 7:10
10 Kula Maku
Featuring – Melissa Brown
11 The Future Ain't The Same It Used 2 B
Featuring – New Sector Movements
12 Seiji's Jam
Mixed By – Seiji


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January 19, 2018

Broken beat was a short-lived genre, but it blossomed under Neon Phusion and their only album to date, THE FUTURE AIN'T THE SAME AS IT USED 2 B. Their mix of breaks, funk and jazz is immediately apparent on "Destination" but they can play to dreamy and soulful as well, as on "How Times Fly." The thick bass and horn stabs of "Blue Tetra" helps keep the track grounded amidst its spaciness, but the thick percussion and sweeping instrumentation of "Hot Ice" burst forth. By contrast, the cooler "Electric Lady," with sassy vocals by Sylvia Tella, shows off a strong handle on multiple modes. "Timecode" and the title track return to more traditional broken beat, and "Kula Maku" delves into African textures and vocalizations. "Seiji's Jam" closes out the album with a percussion frenzy. I hope we didn't let the future pass us by too quickly...


September 8, 2008

This could well be the album that oficially began all the broken beat craze, and is a good who-is-who of the scene: there are a few people missing, but almost all the Bugz crew and friends are here, though the sound is closer to the works of Afronaught than the rest of the collaborators. There are many highlights: they already showed here their craft for melody and rhythms in programmed jams like Blue Tetra, Hot Ice or Space Jam, they already knew how to take advantages of vocalists in Kula Maku and How Times Fly, and they already began with their arch-typical songs based on phrases repeated again and again in a syncopated chorus in Destination and The Future Ain't The Same... and, of course, remains one of the better albums of their whole output and the genre itself. Even Bembe Segue is already singing in the title track!