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The Observer JUNE 29, 2014 - by Kitty Empire
ENO/HYDE'S SECOND ALBUM IN TWO MONTHS IS NOT JUST OFFCUTS
Leftovers for afters? High Life swiftly follows Someday World, May's debut excursion by ambient guru Brian Eno and half of Underworld, Karl Hyde, who would have you believe that these are not offcuts, just an excess of ideas that deserved release. They are right, though, especially on one count: DBF is a terrific, jazz-tinged, African-inspired funk workout made from looped guitars. Having named this album after a west African genre, used a picture of a hillside favela on the sleeve and invoked Fela Kuti and Steve Reich, you'd rather hope their systems/world music jams might be more wiggy than they are. Still, this second helping is a match for its predecessor.