Purple Penguin ‎– De-Tuned

Cup Of Tea Records ‎– COT CD 004
CD, Album

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1 Tombstone 4:15
2 Only 4:15
3 Mountain
Guitar – Dave SmeatonProducer – Scholes*, Lundie*Trumpet – Roger MillsVocals – Andrea Blythe
4 Tribhuwan
Producer – Scholes*, Lundie*Trumpet – Roger Mills
5 No Action
Scratches [Cuts] – Scott HendyVocals – Andrea Blythe
6 New Harlem 4:29
7 Mute Noise
Guitar – Dave Smeaton
8 Razor
Scratches [Cuts] – Scott HendyTrumpet – Roger Mills
9 Passion
Remix – Tom Dadomo*Written-By, Vocals – E. Carahar
10 So High 3:12
11 Pressue (Re-Mix)
Vocals – Andrea BlytheWritten-By – J. Lundie*
12 Memphis
Vocals – Andrea Blythe
13 End Theme 2:25


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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
302 060 206 2 Purple Penguin De-Tuned(CD, Album, RE) Water Music Records 302 060 206 2 US 2002 Sell This Version
COT LP 004 Purple Penguin De-Tuned(2xLP) Cup Of Tea Records COT LP 004 UK 1996 Sell This Version
IRN 2006-2 Purple Penguin De-Tuned(CD, Album) Iron America IRN 2006-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
PCD-3149 Purple Penguin De-Tuned(CD, Album) P-Vine Records PCD-3149 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
77876 51025 2 Purple Penguin De-Tuned(CD, Album) Iron Music 77876 51025 2 Canada 1997 Sell This Version


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May 15, 2018
Since I bought this record in 1996, I never stop listening to it. In my opinion, this is the best record of this famous "trip-hop" period.
"Memphis", "Tombstone", "Passion", are amazing pieces of music.


February 4, 2016
The beats are very funky and the bass is pretty good, every track is different and high quality, effort and style went into the all the music, it's melancholy, kindof like beaumont hannant or biosphere in a jazz breaks style, it's a bit dated production wise now, could do with some re-mastering to crispen up the bass end. It has an analogue 8 track tape editor feel to it, it's fairly lo-fi. considering it's all made with samples and with no live musicians and overdubbed jazz solos, it sounds like it's made using musicians. pretty good.


May 22, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

Okay, so even though Purple Penguin's DE-TUNED came out during the great "trip-hop" boom of the mid-90s, it still sticks out in my mind. The smooth combination of dub and trip-hop, added to some sharp musical and rhythmic sensibilities, make it a stand-out. The crisp beats and moodiness of "Only" or the morphing mood of "No Action" indicate loads of talent at work here. Dadomo's mix of "Passion" loads in the strings, while "So High" will get you there quickly. But the haunting beauty of "Memphis" really catches your attention. The other stand-out here is "Mountain," with its deep bassline, bright horns, and beats that seem to lag one step behind, adding to the lazy day vibe. An oldie but a goodie!


April 16, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

This is a quality downtempo trip-hop style release.
The reason I post this comment is that it contains a diamond work (at least for my taste):
"Memphis". This piece of music is unbelievable. For me maybe it's the best downtempo production I have ever listened to. Its sound is hypnotic and melodic accompanied by magic female vocals..


May 22, 2004
This is like trip hop crossed with dub, in my opinion this as good as or better than all the early Ninja Tune releases, similar in style and with more eclectic samples and more grooves, less humour and more melancholy. It can be quite an eerie one, with the same kind of backing antics as Portishead - dummy. Lots of slowed jazz samples, some exceptionally well chosen B-movie samples, ethnic chants, in fact if you took Portishead dummy, subtracted the vocals, and replaced with the above, this album would be the result. Excellent moody background music, can be boring otherwise.