The Beta Band – Hot Shots II Album Sampler. Label: Regal – T1321EA043072. Format: CDr, Promo, Sampler. Country: UK & Europe.
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Hot Shots II is the second studio album by Scottish musical group The Beta Band, released on 16 July 2001. The band co-produced the album with Colin Emmanuel aka C-Swing, and was a considered a departure from the dense experimentation of their previous efforts, instead favouring a more stripped-back style influenced by R&B, hip hop and electronica. Pitchfork placed Hot Shots II at number 118 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s
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The Beta Band is the official studio debut album of The Beta Band, released in 1999 on Regal Records. The album followed the critically acclaimed compilation of their first three EPs titled The Three . With high anticipation for The Beta Band, the band originally planned to record the album in four separate continents, but financial constraints slimmed the recording locations down; however, the album was still recorded in a variety of locations
On Hot Shots II, they finally veer back on track, albeit in their own charmingly wobbly way. They’re still writing harmonically dense sing-along mantras, but they’ve downplayed the wiseass tendencies that sank the second album. With its refrain of I’d like to know/Will you think of me when I’m gone? the hymnlike Gone is one of several genuinely wistful tracks. Like true new-millennium hippies, they ask a lot of questions about life, friendships, and the simple truth and never quite find the answers.
Following an LP that was slagged by even the group themselves before release, the Beta Band got down to business for their second proper record. While their self-titled debut reveled in a near-blinding collage of samples, synthpads, noise, and obtuse figures, for Hot Shots II the group took a much different path. Many of the tracks are (comparatively) quiet songs, the productions pared down to minimal proportions and focused on slow, darkly descending chords.