Cujo, Adventures in Foam

Mark Richardson

By Mark Richardson

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

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.