Trillion: This World and the Sadvipra Diversion
By Gareth Shute
Jody Lloyd has come a long way since his days as rapper and beat maker in Christchurch-to-Auckland rap group Dark Tower. This album is his second release under the Trillion name - a project that incorporates a number of musicians from distinct backgrounds. On this occasion he has brought in the services of: Ben King (solo artist and Goldenhorse bassist/guitarist), James Milne (from The Brunettes and the Reduction Agents), Bronwen Robertson (violinist from Fang), and singer Lindon Puffin. The result is an hour of laid back music, more reminiscent of Sola Rosa or SJD than any hip hop group, despite the fact Lloyd raps on many of the tracks. Clearly, Lloyd has retained his love of peculiar samples but on this album they are more smoothly integrated with the music than some of his previous efforts. At some points the lyrical content pushes its anti-corporate political message a little heavy-handedly but the slickly produced backing music ensures an enjoyable ride.