The Hill

By Dave Stelfox

Ex-Sandal Ian Simmonds has certainly found his feet. The Hill, Juryman's second long-player, continues where the previous Mail Order Justice left off and is a delight for those who like their jazz taut and electronic.

Combining crisp breaks and deep cinematic instrumentation, Simmonds makes music that addresses every shade of human emotion. However, it is when vocals are welded to the compositions that The Hill truly comes alive. Alison Goldfrapp's improvisations add a languid texture to The Morning, To Sleep and The Moot, while Trinidad poet Roger Robinson fills The Pilot with unnamed dread.

A complex, sophisticated album sure to be bracketed alongside such other contemporary masterpieces as Innerzone Orchestra's Programmed.
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