Northern California producer Scott Nice invigorates the dance floor on his new LP "All the Wild Creatures", a flowing adventure through world music colors, sounds of the jungle, and dance music aesthetics. This is art rooted in indigenous cultures and traditions; the vibrations find a home in nature's resplendent environs. Nice, a former turntablist who has logged time in the skateboard and snowboard industries, returned to making music with a newfound clarity and focus following a debilitating bout with illness that saw him stop making music for an extended period. Through intestinal fortitude and personal triumph, Nice has arrived at an exotic cross-section of styles, yet maintains a sound all his own.
For All the Wild Creatures, Scott Nice placed the artistic focus on creating music that stands the test of time, art that has a replay value for years to come. There are no fads chased here, no genre-of-the-moment, no tried and true formulas at play. Instead, the producer leans heavily on his own world view, and the globalized rhythms that pulsate throughout the album are a testament to his wide-eyed approach. Nice has reinvented himself in beautiful and inspirational fashion, eschewing the aggressive tendencies of modern EDM for more organic and spiritual instrumentation. Scratches and cuts of classic James Brown calls harkens back to the golden era of hip hop. Yet if this music sounds as if it's tailor made for Ecstatic Dance, that's because it is.
The album opens with "Peacock Drop", as bird calls sound nature's trumpet, announcing that the journey has begun. Tribal drums and steel pan sounds launch the globalized rhythms into the fast lane. The opening salvo sets the tone for what's to come, in the form of a driving, breezy bouyancy that ushers in this undulating effort. From there, the record is a prolific promenade; a testament to a lifetime loving all animals. "Hey Ma" is a reverent, humble dedication to his mother, the meditative bounce of "Picafloricita" a Shibipo medicine song for the hummingbird eagle. Album highlights also include a spicy remix of The Polish Ambassador's regal "Koyelia" as well as a collaboration with the Jumpsuit Records President in "Lost Continent." Serving as album coda is the masterful reimagination of Ayla Nereo's "Bonteka," an expansive exploration in song and emotion.