Permutation (album)

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Studio album by Amon Tobin
Released 1 June 1998
Genre Nu jazz, drum and bass, IDM, breaks
Length 69:51
Label Ninja Tune
Producer Amon Tobin
Amon Tobin chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork 9.8/10[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Permutation is the third studio album by Brazilian electronic music producer Amon Tobin and the second under his own name. It was released in 1998, just over a year after Bricolage. The album was a success for Tobin and found him playing sold-out shows at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Knitting Factory in New York and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. He went on to release Supermodified in 2000.

Tobin makes references to David Lynch films a number of times on Permutation. The song "Like Regular Chickens" contains a line of dialogue spoken in Eraserhead, while the title of the song "People Like Frank" is a line of dialogue from Blue Velvet. The song also samples a part of Angelo Badalamenti's score to that film. "Fast Eddie" is probably a reference to Lynch's Lost Highway character Mr. Eddie. On the LP edition of the album, "Melody Infringement" is added as a bonus track.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Like Regular Chickens" – 5:16
  2. "Bridge" – 5:56
  3. "Reanimator" – 6:34
  4. "Sordid" – 7:11
  5. "Nightlife" – 6:29
  6. "Escape" – 5:54
  7. "Switch" – 3:49
  8. "People Like Frank" – 6:04
  9. "Sultan Drops" – 5:12
  10. "Fast Eddie" – 7:38
  11. "Toys" – 5:16
  12. "Nova" – 4:42


  1. ^ Bush, John. "Permutation – Amon Tobin". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Schreiber, Ryan. "Amon Tobin: Permutation". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 7 July 2001. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Salamon, Jeff (9 July 1998). "Amon Tobin: Permutation". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 

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