The creative partnership of DJ Oil, The Monkey Nuts and Hope Masike is haphazard one, with their acclaimed Boombap Idiophonics album almost condemned to spend purgatory in cyberspace somewhere between France and Zimbabwe. However against all odds the album got made (and in time for a last minute slot at a big African festival too!), and "Beetle Juice" is one of the LP's highlights. Here as a stand alone single, the song - a sleek and repetitive groovy mantra- really shines. Also included is a live rendition that turns the track into more of an organic hip-hop jam.
When Tru Thoughts heard Vein Melter by New Yorkers Jesse Fischer and Sly5thAve, they just knew that they had to sign it up immediately. Why? Because this EP sees the pair 'reframe' four cuts from Herbie Hancock's classic jazz-funk album Headhunters for a contemporary dance music audience. The results have already gained hype from the likes of Gilles Peterson and Jeremy Sole and Anthony Valadez (KCRW). Highlights include the synthy tribal jam "Chameleon", the bachelor pad seducer "Watermelon Man" and the flutey drum machine groover "Sly". Essential!
Here's a rare treat for jazz fans: a previously unreleased recording of Sun Ra and his sprawling Arkestra performing live, during their early 1970s pomp. Planets of Life Or Death: Amiens '73 was, apparently, recorded direct to reel to reel during a concert in France, then mastered for this release from that solo tape copy. It sounds wonderful, as you'd expect, and as freaky, colourful, vibrant and psychedelic as you'd expect. Check, for example, the discordant percussion and repetitive organs of the 17-minute "Love In Outer Space", or the proto-modem noises of the decidedly intergalactic sax and electronics jam "Discipline 27-II /What Planet Is This". The latter is, without doubt, one of the most out-there freestyle jazz workouts you're every likely to hear.
Bebel Gilberto - "August Day Song" - (4:39) 60 BPM
Air - "J'ai Dormi Sous L'eau" - (4:44) 60 BPM
Atjazz - "It's Complete" - (5:05) 57 BPM
Joakim Lone Octet - "Rave 1" - (4:12) 133 BPM
Brandy - "Ritual" - (7:20) 63 BPM
Manu Dibango - "Soul Fiesta" - (5:49) 136 BPM
P'Taah - "Flyin' High" - (6:07) 140 BPM
Peace Orchestra - "Who Am I" - (4:50) 80 BPM
Pierre Henry - "Too Fortiche" - (5:41) 125 BPM
These days, new material from Versatile overlords Chateau Flight is few and far between, with I:Cube and Gilb'r seemingly pursuing solo projects. There was a time, though, when they were amongst the most prolific remixers in the business. Chateau Flight Remixent, first released on CD back in 2002 and now being made available digitally for the first time, charts this prolific period in the late '90s and early 2000s. Musically, they've never been ones to stick to the same formula, and the 14 tracks here variously take in nu-jazz, organic deep house, broken beat (a brilliant version of Serge Gainsbourg's "Lola Rastaquouere"), tech-jazz, afro-house, proto nu-disco (a terrific Bebel Gilberto rework), and electronic dub (a slo-mo version of Peace Orchestra). Terrific stuff, as you'd expect.
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