Bathtime With Loop Guru

When the instrumental credits listed in the CD booklet include "quantum physics," "insect manipulation," and "luminous wetlook," you know you're in for an unusual listening experience.

When the instrumental credits listed in the CD booklet include "quantum physics," "insect manipulation," and "luminous wetlook," you know you're in for an unusual listening experience. But the abnormal is de rigueur for British ethno-techno group Loop Guru. Bathtime With Loop Guru follows the sample-happy grooves and stolen themes of previous Guru outings. The band, now reduced to a duo of Jamuud & Saam (aka Dave Muddyman and Sam Dodson, respectively), freely samples sitars and mellotrons, Kraftwerk rhythms, and gamelan cycles—all collaged onto delirious, dub-trippy grooves. Loop Guru really would've been happy as a '60s psychedelic band, hanging out between Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd, but forged a few years too late. Yet, it has adapted to the technology and tone of the day, mixing sly humor into its most chilled and sensual album to date.—JD