BANABILA

Album: "Voiz Noiz 2" (2001)
Label: Tone Casualties
Style: Experimental Electro
Songs: 11

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Reviewed by: Darklight

Michel Banabila returns with his follow-up to his ĎVoiz Noizí release with the sequel ĎVoiz Noiz 2í. And as with most sequels, itís basically more of the same. So if you enjoyed the original ĎVoiz Noizí, you should also enjoy this next installment for all of the same reasons.

What Michel basically delivers on this album are mid-tempo funky experimental electro instrumentals that feature various sounds, effects and sampling. This time out the tracks have more of a jazz flavor to them. And since Iím not a fan of jazz music, this doesnít really appeal to me in the least. I personally find these tracks to be rather dull, drab and boring. But, this music isnít aimed at me. Itís aimed at those who enjoy and appreciate artistic experimental music.

The music for the most part is somewhat dreary and sparse in its development making it difficult for anything to really hold my attention. I got bored with the songs long before they ended. I personally just donít really see the appeal in this type of music. But I know that there is an audience out there for it, and they should be quite pleased with what this album has to offer. There are some interesting and creative ideas to be found here, even if they are a bit weird and bizarre. So if you think you would enjoy an album packed with funky experimental music with a touch of ambience and tribal beats, then this CD is for you.

 

Album: "Voiz Noiz" (2000)
Label: Tone Casualties
Style: Experimental
Songs: 20

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Reviewed by: Darklight

Banabila is the solo experimental project of Michel Banabila. There are several guest musicians contributing on this recording as well. All of the various different tracks offered here are very short playing for only a few seconds to a couple of minutes. They are basically slow, somber and funky with a minimalist feel. Various sounds, samples and bass beats make up the music as voices can be heard talking or chanting over it. Personally, I had a difficulty listening to this music. Getting through this entire CD was a real chore for me. This is because I just donít enjoy this genre of music. Basically, I find what is offered here to be annoying and uncomfortable to listen to. I donít find the sounds, effects and samples appealing in the least. But thatís not to say that this music is bad, because itís not. Itís just not my thing. Itís not meant for me. Itís meant for a completely different audience. What audience that is, I really donít know. But Iím sure that there is an audience out there somewhere that will find what this CD includes to be quite interesting and enjoyable. If you think experimental funky sounds, samples and bass beats with occasional melody and spoken word is your thing, then this CD is for you.