A real KPM classic of two halves. Side A presents the legendary Nick Ingman principally indulging in variously tempoed big band workouts in the Basie style – from relaxed swing to uptempo, propulsive themes featuring a full orchestra. The progressively building “Expanding Markets” is a true highlight, all rolling pianos, contemplative electric guitar solos and moody horns over skipping beats whilst the haunting yet addictive “Against The Odds” creates genuine drama.
The flipside is perhaps more compelling. All rugged funk with stabbing chords and strutting horns throughout. Notable for featuring the fantastic “Tense Preparation”, memorably sampled by Prince Paul & Dan The Automator for Handsome Boy Modeling School’s seminal “Magnetizing” with Del Tha Funky Homosapien. Ranging from undeniably tense underscores to those fast and punchy chase themes so beloved of the library scene. A quiet gem of the catalogue and, without question, a successful achievement.
Originally produced exclusively for use by film and TV studios and never commercially released, library records have long been a goldmine for the collector and sampler alike. The music was created to evoke moods, situations and emotional responses and, at it’s best, it was truly extraordinary. Creative and futuristic, it is now regarded as some of most inventive music of its time.
Crafted by the some of the greatest musical minds of the late 20th century, these expert musicians and innovative composers revelled in the freedoms offered, paradoxically, by this most corporate of fields, indulging themselves in ways they couldn’t on records made for general release. The calibre of the musicians certainly raised the bar, too. Robin Phillips, who ran KPM in its heyday, wanted only the best. “You couldn’t do an album of the quality Robin demanded without the A-team,” as Brian Bennett recently recalled.