Scanner and David Rothenberg - You Can’t Get There From Here (CD Monotype)
Having long felt Scanner’s work rather sterile, and completely overrated, I really wanted to be surprised by this collaboration with clarinettist David Rothenberg. Or maybe not surprised as much as jostled into believing some of my long felt misgivings might be unjustified. No such luck, though. Every song here, comprising of calm and mannered beats, sinewy flecks of electronic jism, vocal snippets and sample snatches alongside Rothenberg’s prevalent drifting clarinet, plays like it was put together on a preset called ‘Lounge’ and remains as uneventful as that ought to suggest.
This is music for people in designer outfits sipping expensive cocktails. Which, let’s be blunt, is about as low as things can get. RJ