Top

music

Stories

 

Benny Blanko

8 Ft. in the Air (Playhouse)

Remember the scene in Tron when the laser atomized Jeff Bridges and then re-created him, in digital form, inside of that old TRS-80? 8 Ft. in the Air does the same thing to old funk records. Blanko shatters the worthless Gap in-store dance track "Beautiful" and finds among the shards a striking synthetic replication of the Rick James/Morris Day catalog. Blanko's ambitions run the gamut: He liberally punctuates "12 Bits of Funk" with electro-congos and wacka-chicka guitars, then starts the next track with a slo-mo soul sample and a simple, strutting bass line.

Sadly, in the record's final quarter, when Blanko dilutes his compositions with the trappings of standard house music, 8 Ft. comes up short. It's an ignoble and unimaginative end for a record that spends most of its life span bubbling over with ideas.

 
My Voice Nation Help
 
Houston Concert Tickets

Concert Calendar

  • March
  • Fri
    6
  • Sat
    7
  • Sun
    8
  • Mon
    9
  • Tue
    10
  • Wed
    11
  • Thu
    12
Loading...