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Realistic: Toiletparts - Reviews

reviewed by 3818919/w,

"roughly-hewn, warm funky electronics, realistic (james towning) provides a very naturalistic sounding 40 minutes of listening pleasure on 'toiletparts' . i'm not particularly taken by the oft-used term 'headphone sex' describing realistics' output, but fair enough realistic provides us a very enveloping aural feed - and quite a solid meal, in fact.
from an anti-copyright slant, towning shows scant regard to sampling anything and everything to stir into his rich soundsoup. it could never be described as overtly funky, but in places the sampled groove gets the old noggin noddin' ('trademark mess' up at track 3 is one example, 'trademark blipvert' at track 8, another). what i do like about his material is that it doesn't linger too long ; most of the tracks do not exceed 3 minutes total length - an attitude that deserves credit, saving us the oft-annoyance of overly looped/undeveloped tracks testing our ever-shortening attention thingies.
in places, mild comparisons can be made to ken downie's ('the black dog') solo, off-kilter ethnic material, though here - and depending on your preference - realistic is yet further off-kilter and even grainier than the black dog. though not that ethnic, having thought about it.
final track, 'seamless' is a rather enjoyably strange builder which unlike the other tracks nearly reaches the 11 minute mark - and completes this semi-album nicely. towning has achieved his aforementioned naturalistic sound with aplomb, and for those of you into your very left-of-field electronics - dishes up a tasty and wholesome mouthful indeed."

reviewed by Vils M DiSanto

"The second disc, Toiletparts, is a collection of remixes and alternate versions from Private Moments. It captures much of the energy of the stronger tracks from its sibling, but ultimately covers more of the same ground. From the unlistenable "Larry Likes Greeting" to the creative and well-paced "Magnetic Home Poetry", we have another jumbled collection of hits and misses here. To Realistic’s credit, most of the tracks are kept under three minutes on this disc, but due to their density, some of them seem to linger a bit too long for my liking. The final track, "Seamless (Tinapplemix)", runs over ten minutes, but it’s a nicely drawn-out affair that is refreshingly sparse on vocal samples.
With increased concentration on the structure of the songs and less time spent on the samples, Realistic could ultimately offer up something quite interesting. There is an energy present in these recordings that is undeniable, and I think there is a better way for this energy to manifest itself in future recordings."

reviewed by Luke Martin,

"Toiletparts is a limited-edition remix CD. All of the tracks here have been released (admittedly in other versions) on recent Realistic albums -- though most are culled from Private Moments, released through Illegal Art. Rarity aside, it's also a convincing reason to go and check out Realistic's other output: this is the perfect sampler, if the wide-ranging oddities on display here are indicative of anything else available.
There are some bizarre head-spaces on this release: "Larry Likes Greeting" sounds like a battery-powered ensemble slowly going flat while Lurch croons from inside a large tub of jelly -- as department store music from Sears, circa 1960, floats around the room. "Magnetic Home Poetry" takes a monologue on God's magneticism and sends it into slow-ticking space, with washes of spacecraft zooming past as a vaguely-Kabuki stomp works in the background. And that's just two examples. The other tracks are either as strange as those described, or are upbeat low-nonsense acid-tinged freakouts, like "Trademark Blipvert". Whatever the extreme, there's not a dull moment to be found here.
There are some rewarding, wry-grin surprise samples worked throughout the disc; while the usual '50s-styled stentorian-voiced newsreader figures crop up occasionally, I was most impressed by "Angel 2001"'s use of the main riff from the J. Geils Band's "Centerfold". On its own, it's cheese, but when it's flowed over the top of some Austin Powers-esque female backing vocals, it's utterly sublime.
The Austin Powers reference is probably a good one for this disc: while there are a lot of electronic-sounding, meaty beats on Toiletparts, the prevailing feel is one of chi-chi kitsch meeting thumping bass. It's an easily-accessible disc, and one that makes me crave the originals from whence these tunes came. Surely there can be no higher praise for a remix album?"