Lionrock ‎– City Delirious

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US and CA releases (and Poland cassette) contain two extra tracks: "She's on the Train" and "Scatter & Swing".

Tracklist

Push Button Cocktail 4:31
Rude Boy Rock 4:51
Electric Hairdo 6:02
City Delirious 3:44
Best Foot Forward 7:32
Rock Steady Romance 4:23
Wet Roads Glisten 4:27
A Cellar Full Of Noise 4:54
Canal Heist 4:43
Zip Gun Rumble 3:59
It's Panoramic 6:11
Amazing New Product 6:50

Versions (13)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HARD 32LPCD, HARD32LPCD, 74321482042, 74321 482042 Lionrock City Delirious(CD, Album) Concrete, Concrete, BMG, BMG HARD 32LPCD, HARD32LPCD, 74321482042, 74321 482042 UK & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
CITY 1 Lionrock City Delirious(CD, Album, Promo) Deconstruction CITY 1 UK 1997 Sell This Version
HARD 32LP Lionrock City Delirious(2xLP, Album) Concrete HARD 32LP UK 1998 Sell This Version
HARD 32CDX, 74321 593522 Lionrock City Delirious(CD, Album) Concrete, Concrete, BMG HARD 32CDX, 74321 593522 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
70930-43515-2 Lionrock City Delirious(CD, Album) Time Bomb Recordings, Concrete 70930-43515-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
BVCP-6120 Lionrock City Delirious(CD, Album) Concrete, BMG BVCP-6120 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
BVCP-6120 Lionrock City Delirious(CD, Album, Promo) Concrete BVCP-6120 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
TBCD-3515 Lionrock City Delirious(CD, Album, Promo) Time Bomb Recordings TBCD-3515 US 1998 Sell This Version
43214 82042 4 Lionrock City Delirious(Cass, Album) BMG, Concrete 43214 82042 4 Bulgaria 1998 Sell This Version
74321 59352 4 Lionrock City Delirious(Cass, Album) BMG Poland, Deconstruction 74321 59352 4 Poland 1998 Sell This Version
none Lionrock City Delirious(Cass, Album, Promo) Concrete none UK 1998 Sell This Version
none Lionrock City Delirious(Cass, Album, Promo) Concrete, Time Bomb Recordings none US 1998 Sell This Version
none Lionrock City Delirious(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Moon Records (2) none Ukraine 1999 Sell This Version

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BigBeat25

BigBeat25

June 19, 2021
referencing City Delirious, CD, Album, HARD 32LPCD, HARD32LPCD, 74321482042, 74321 482042

Justin Robertson left the Sherlock Holmes jazzy atmosphere for more "conventional" breakbeat, house and techno. The eclectism is still there (you can listen to elements of rock, fanfare, hip-hop and funk in the same CD) but the result is definitely more electronic and less innovative than "An Instinct For Detection".

"Push Button Cocktail" begins this record with shaky basses and loud breakbeats. Such beats are also heard in "Electric Hairdo" (which goes more into big beat), "A Cellar Full Of Noise" (with its cool low-pitched electronic loops) and "Canal Heist" with its high-pitched noises.
"Rude Boy Rock" has some throwback trumpets and other instruments that you probably heard in some family meetings or village fairs.
"City Delirious" is a chill breakbeat tune that sounds ideal during a BBQ in the summer.
My personal favorite choon "Best Foot Forward" has a solid house pattern and a catchy electronic loop mastered to make it sound distant. I loved playing it while walking along my city's river at night and looking at the distant lights. "It's Panoramic" is the other house-oriented song, yet the samples are more soothing.
"Rock Steady Romance" is a relaxed trip-hop production with MC Buzz B on the vocals. I like the guitar sounding samples. "Wet Roads Glisten" keep this pattern but featuring acoustic guitars instead.
"Zip Gun Rumble" also features nice guitars, and its beat pattern is very funky.
At last, "Amazing New Product" has some chill beats that reminds a bit of dub, and the high-pitched loops sound a bit like distorted Christmas melodies. There's a compilation called "Acid X-Mas" where such sounds are kinda similar.

On the whole, I won't say this album is an amazing product, but the large palette of sounds offered by Lionrock still male it a good addition is you like music with several styles combined.
scoundrel

scoundrel

March 14, 2016
referencing City Delirious, CD, Album, HARD 32LPCD, HARD32LPCD, 74321482042, 74321 482042

Justin Robertson's final album as Lionrock, CITY DELIRIOUS, kicks off with some thick electro breaks on "Push Button Cocktail" that soon give way to a moody melody, while the funk of "Rude Boy Rock" and title track never quit. "Electric Hairdo" brings in some guitar fuzz coupled with nice dub reverb effects before the straight-up house of "Best Foot Forward." But "Rock Steady Romance" chills things down for a bit with a slow, sinuous groove, before "Wet Roads Glisten" eases into your consciousness. Some bright breaks slide onto "Canal Heist," while "Zip Gun Rumble" brings on a funky bassline. "It's Panoramic" is probably the hidden gem on the album, a shiny piece of house before the mellow "Amazing New Product" leads the album out. This album will indeed leave you delirious.
KwestRecords

KwestRecords

September 12, 2015
referencing City Delirious, CD, Album, HARD 32LPCD, HARD32LPCD, 74321482042, 74321 482042

Fabulous album it has acid hip hop breaks indie mellow tunes, this is how dance music should be made still way ahead of his time is Justin Robertson
tarwater3

tarwater3

May 27, 2009
edited over 3 years ago
referencing City Delirious, 2xLP, Album, HARD 32LP

Ok, this is original, great fun and highly energizing! We find electro-pop, house, freestyle & jazzy-funk elements, vocals and even some guitar riffs. I love the avant-garde weirdness of " electric hairdo " & " a cellar fool of noise "! So smart of an album, great 90s electronica, take a listen if you prefer listening to music loud and not stuck in a chair...............
johnbushby

johnbushby

November 24, 2006
edited over 15 years ago
referencing City Delirious, CD, Album, HARD 32LPCD, HARD32LPCD, 74321482042, 74321 482042
This is one of my favourite albums. When it came out in 1998 I'd never heard anything like it, re-listening recently has reminded me how good it is and there's still nothing out there that sounds like it. Wicked drum programming throughout and tons of instruments and samples being twisted up and threaded together to make up an album of futurist sounding big beat without the cheese, smooth rolling electronic hip hop and bleepy-electro-deep-tech-housey stuff.