Blissom & AShen Mr. Tran Travels In Sound (Fossilfuel/Spot Records) Rating: NNnN
Eric Vani, aka Rise Ashen, must have figured he was onto a good thing with these collaboration albums after last year's impressive duet with Trevor Walker. Mr. Tran Travels In Sound is the sound of two people who have developed their own musical language after working together for 10 years. At times jazzy and funky, and at others jagged and experimental, it all makes sense in context. File it somewhere between avant-garde drum 'n' bass, deep house, broken beat, ambient, lounge, minimal techno and downtempo.