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Lemon Jelly
Allmusic Biography : The duo Lemon Jellys chilled out grooves and breaks are produced by Nick Franglen and Fred Deakin. Deakin is a DJ and designer whose illustration work has been highlighted in the culture magazine the Face. Franglen has produced with the talents of Primal Scream, Björk, and even the Spice Girls. Their first full-length, LemonJelly.KY, was a collection of three limited-edition U.K. EPs that the duo released over two years. Their official full length debut, Lost Horizons, arrived in the fall of 2002 and delivered a turbo-paced mixture of styles. The title for the bands third full-length, 2005s 64-95, came from the years from which the albums samples were generated.
lemonjelly_ky Album: 1 of 3
Released:  2000-10-23
Tracks:  9
Duration:  1:07:16

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1   In the Bath  (06:39)
2   Nervous Tension  (06:41)
3   A Tune for Jack  (06:44)
4   His Majesty King Raam  (07:20)
5   The Staunton Lick  (05:21)
1   Homage to Patagonia  (09:34)
2   Kneel Before Your God  (07:21)
3   Page One  (09:11)
4   Come  (08:22)
lost_horizons Album: 2 of 3
Title:  Lost Horizons
Released:  2002-10-07
Tracks:  8
Duration:  59:58

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1   Elements  (08:41)
2   Space Walk  (07:02)
3   Ramblin’ Man  (07:06)
4   Return to Patagonia  (08:40)
5   Nice Weather for Ducks  (06:08)
6   Experiment Number Six  (05:54)
7   Closer  (07:24)
8   The Curse of Ka’Zar  (09:01)
Lost Horizons : Allmusic album Review : From their unusual but forgettable name to their information-free but visually stunning artwork (one half of Lemon Jelly, Fred Deakin, is a noted graphic designer). Lemon Jelly court a sort of smiley face anonymity, kind of like Boards of Canada without that acts darker impulses. Their second album, 2002s Lost Horizons, is a delightful but slightly faceless blend of lounge pop, subtle beats, found sound, with mellow jazz influences. The elements shift slightly from song to song, as in the odd, compressed vocal samples and watery keyboards of "Space Walk," compared to the coy, kicky jazz noir of the soundtrack-like "The Curse of KaZar," but theres an overarching sense to Lost Horizons: the idea that this might even be a proper concept album if one put the work into deciphering it. But its so summery, pretty, and enjoyable to chill out to that detective work simply sounds too hard. Highlights include the dreamy, acoustic guitar-based single "Nice Weather for Ducks," and the giggly, tongue-in-cheek "Ramblin Man."
64_95 Album: 3 of 3
Title:  ’64-’95
Released:  2005-01-31
Tracks:  10
Duration:  53:03

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1   It Was...  (00:24)
2   ’88 aka Come Down on Me  (05:53)
3   ’68 aka Only Time  (06:36)
4   ’93 aka Don’t Stop Now  (06:56)
5   ’95 aka Make Things Right  (05:59)
6   ’79 aka The Shouty Track  (03:41)
7   ’75 aka Stay With You  (06:11)
8   ’76 aka The Slow Train  (05:40)
9   ’90 aka A Man Like Me  (05:16)
10  ’64 aka Go  (06:22)
’64-’95 : Allmusic album Review : The old Spacemen 3 cliché seems to apply here: Lemon Jelly appear to be taking drugs to make music to take drugs to. But this is an organized kind of drugginess, as each song is subtitled with a particular year between 1964 and 1995, designating the year from which each songs samples were generated. If thats not heady enough for a concept album, a look at the samples list is even more mind-bending: among them are U.S. soul-pop singer Monica, heavy rockers Masters of Reality, a Maori vocalist, and retro oddball du jour William Shatner. With the concept description thankfully out of the way, how does Fred Deakin and Nick Franglens third long-player stack up? Oh, its absolutely splendid! Its like a mad, beautiful mix of Lemon Jellys past albums, the crunchy rock of the Chemical Brothers, the experimental sonic glee of the Go! Team, the dancefloor-fueling beats of Basement Jaxx, and the spaciness of the Orb at the peak of their powers. Most of the tracks are built around one vocal sample, usually the songs title repeated over and over. Though this formula might sound boring on paper, these lush, rich, organic, etc. (take your pick of a hyperbolic adjective) sound collages simply explode off the disc, making one dash for the dancefloor and perhaps shed a tear at the emotion that drips from the melodies. The atypical Shatner closer is a dirge-ish psychedelic masterpiece that feels like a Dark Side of the Moon B-side. Whether or not 64-95 gets the acclaim it deserves and takes off commercially, the album sees Lemon Jelly laying down the law in genius fashion. It sits mightily among the best work from the peers mentioned above and others like Air, Zero 7, and Daft Punk. Its breathtaking and essential listening for all fans of electronic music.

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