There's no fundamental difference between Amon Tobin's work as Cujo and the music released under his own name, and Adventures in Foam contains the same jazz-obsessed drum 'n 'bass of bigger hits like Supermodified. Upbeat tracks such as "Traffic," "The Light" and "Northstar" are built around simple loops of acoustic bass augmented with a room-filling synth boom, finely chopped snare hits and high-hats and clever blurts of trumpet and sax. When Tobin slows down for "Cat People," with its loping break, tinkling piano flourishes and smoky horns, he hits on quintessential trip-hop designed for red-eyed head-nodding (the oh-so-cryptically titled "Fat Ass Joint" is in a similar vein). Proving himself adept at every "jazzy" style, Tobin plays "The Brazilianaire" as a light bossa nova shuffle, with cocktail piano accents and wordless female vocal coos. Tobin has a tendency to box himself in with his static loop formula (once a given segment is introduced you know exactly how it will sound for the track's duration), but Adventures in Foam is a fine display of his superior rhythmic sense and deft feel for noir atmosphere.
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