Didjitalis: Naoki Lo (guitar); Mike Edwards (didjeridu, bass guitar); Alex McLean (saxophone); Mark Wells (bass guitar); Nick West (programming).
This album is a re-release of the Didjitalis debut, Positive Form Negative Space, originally released in Australia. The concept is to mix trance and dance elements from Nick West, a Tokyo-based DJ, with didjeridoo grooves from Mike Edwards -- organic and electronic coming together, as it were. The result is rather unsurprising in many ways. Indeed, the organic and electronic are fused together perfectly, with straightforward trance and dance grooves taking over throughout. At the same time, the inclusion of the organic is realistically not such an innovation in recorded music. Trance and dance DJs regularly sample organic, traditional, and ethnic bits and pieces in their compositions. The primary innovation here presumably comes in the live shows. That said, the album is entirely enjoyable, with catchy riffs and hooks not quite contributed by either artist alone, but through their combination. Worth a listen. ~ Adam Greenberg