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Plump DJs Eargasm Review

Album. Released 2003.  

BBC Review

Four years of hard graft and Lee Rous and Andy Gardener aka Plump DJs have finally...

Jack Smith 2003

Plump - verb, noun, adjective - fatten, buxom, chubby, portly, ample, complete.

Is it still politically correct to use the term breakbeat? Music moves on so quickly these days, that what is new and exciting at breakfast is passé and old hat by teatime! What is more than evident is that breakbeat was slumbering away peacefully before the Plump DJs gave it a loud wakeup call with their first release, "Electric Disco/Plumpy Chunks" back 1999. With thundering momentum, their acclaimed productions reconstructed dancefloors and perceptions, setting new production standards in the process.

The story goes that a top shelf adult mag entitled Plumpers inspired their name; either way when Lee Rous and Andy Gardner met the Plump DJs were born. Once tipped as the next Basement Jaxx and Chemical Brothers rolled into one, it's taken four years of hard graft to get to where they are now with a debut artist album already winning 'Album of the Month' accolades in the dance press.

Their DJ mix compilations and cover-mount CD giveaways are legendary, but this is their first taste at trying to take breaks to the next level by selling albums and not just singles or compilations alone. The result is Eargasm, a cohesive collection that pushes the boundaries further then they've ever been pushed, and encapsulates everything that makes the Plumps tick.

Their current double-A single typifies their passion for the abstract and downright original. The acidic 909 house loops of "The Gate" in juxtaposition to New Orleans blues/funk legend Eddie Bo being sampled on the raw and meaty "The Funk Hits The Fan". Similarly the set's two other collaborations are poles apart - Lamb's Louise Rhodes features on the dreamy Balearic beauty "Morning Sun", while Gary Numan's monotone vocal sits atop the Blue Monday-inspired drum track "Pray 4 U".

With a fan base that includes Orbital, Pete Tong, Annie Nightingale, Mary Ann Hobbs, James Hyman and Ali B, they certainly have some heavyweight support, and an appeal that is not purely restricted to breaks fanatics alone. The futures bright, the future's slightly rounded... plump some might say.

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