LEMON JELLY href="http://lemonjelly.ky/">lemonjelly.ky (XL/Beggar's Banquet) Rating: NNNHired beatmakers for the Spice Girls and Primal Scream, Fred Deakin and Nick Franglin live out their own little Air fantasies at night as Lemon Jelly, sequencing snippets of instructional records, nature programs and other disconcerting voice-overs over soothing beats.
Not the most active music, but Not the most active music, but lemonjelly.ky -- the duo's Web site address and also a collection of three out-of-print EPs -- largely works because Deakin and Franglin have the sampler skills to make the source material sound larger than life. The Staunton Lick builds from a brief guitar-lesson record into full-blown easy-listening funk, complete with flugelhorn solos and a shuffling beat that gurgles along nicely but doesn't really go anywhere. That can be a problem. Lemon Jelly aren't nearly as successful at knowing when the joke has run its course, so while the nine songs here are pleasant enough for background entertaining, that's about it.MG