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Bodily Functions
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Release Date
November 3, 2013

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It’s no secret that Matthew Herbert set a new standard for house music — in fact, much of the time, he was able to turn the genre into something else entirely. Though it’s easy to pick out countless examples of his boundless invention, 2001’s Bodily Functions has the air of an opus, an LP so effortlessly captivating and brilliantly strange that you’d forget it was made by a person — which is ironic, given that the majority of its fleshy textures are quite literally ‘human’.

An ardent conceptual artist as well as producer, the corpus of Bodily Functions is largely built from — appropriate to its title — the scrapes and squelches of the human anatomy. Across the album’s runtime, it’s possible to make out an instrument rack of smacking lips, rustling human hair, and the sound of toothbrushes against teeth, manipulated and transformed into delivery systems of complex and densely layered house rhythms. The ASMR quality of these tracks are woven into a classy lounge jazz atmosphere, largely owed to Dani Siciliano’s sultry, horn-accompanied vocal performance, met with the chaotic-neutral genius experimentalism of likeminded sound-scientists Matmos.

As boundlessly playful as it is implacably audacious, Matthew Herbert’s Bodily Functions turns the term ‘electronic body music’ completely on its head.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 You're Unknown To Me 2:14 Buy

    You're Unknown To Me

  2. 2 It's Only 7:21 Buy
  3. 3 Foreign Bodies 5:37 Buy

    Foreign Bodies

  4. 4 Suddenly 6:29 Buy
  5. 5 I Know 4:24 Buy
  6. 6 Leave Me Now 6:36 Buy
  7. 7 The Last Beat 4:20 Buy
  8. 8 You Saw It All 7:04 Buy

    You Saw It All

  9. 9 On Reflection 4:29 Buy
  10. 10 About This Time Each Day 3:44 Buy

    About This Time Each Day

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Vinyl Track List

A1 It's Only
A2 Foreign Bodies
B1 Suddenly
B2 Leave Me Now
C1 I Know
C2 The Last Beat
C3 You're Unknown To Me
D1 You Saw It All
D2 Addiction
E1 On Reflection
E2 I Miss You
F1 The Audience
F2 About This Time Each Day
F3 It's Only A Reprise


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