miles_gurtu – Robert Miles and Trilok Gurtu
I hate using the term "musical journey" when describing an album, but
those two words cannot leave my mind as I listen to miles_gurtu. The
instrumental work created by electronica artist Robert Miles and
percussionist Trilok Gurtu moves along with a purposeful beginning, middle
end. The sonic experience contains intentional peaks and valleys, giving the
listener a ride among dreamscapes, deep grooves, high-energy workouts and a
relaxing fade out.
The album's opening notes on "Golden Rust" act like a beacon searching
for a musical compatriot. Immediately it finds one. The song showcases
bassist Jon Thorne. His invaluable work balances the lush backgrounds with a
throbbing persistent groove.
Like the other 12 tracks on the album, it's a signal that brings the
electronic and the acoustic together. What the collaboration between Miles
Gurtu does is pull you into the vortex of sound they create. Using the
syncopation of rhythms as much as clever use of uncluttered space between
they combine elements of nu-jazz, electronica, prog rock and worldbeat.
their guidance, this hybrid of genres makes complete sense.
Following the manic pace and explosion of elements clashing during "The
Big Picture," Miles and Gurtu settle down on the album's final track.
gracefully comes through the speakers like a fluffy cloud, the chill out to
off the preceding 40 minutes. As it fades away, the sound crackles and cuts
out, as if miles_gurtu emanated from a pirate radio station that got
sonic experiment out to the world and must move on before its location is
The musicians may have completed their musical mission, but it doesn't
end there. My hand jumps to push 'play' and the journey begins once again.