The Shaolin Afronauts have definitely followed their own path in recent years – a music
al journey that's taken them way past their Afro Funk roots, into rich, complicated territory that seems to span the globe with its sound! Core elements here echo classic Nigerian, Ethiopian, and West African modes – but there's also a very inventive approach to the way the instruments are inflected – especially the keyboards and guitars, which often develop these spacey chromes and tones that really make for some music
al magic. There's no vocals at all – which means that the horns and other instruments really get to voice their presence strongly – and it features even more haunting music
on the Outside Beyond LP, appended to the main album in this package. Core titles include "Sissoko", "To The Water", "At The Shrine", "Lagos Chase", "Baie De Sangareya", "Ojo Abameta", and "Boogie Back Accra" – and Outside Beyond material includes "Interstellar Griot (parts 1 & 2)", "Abyssinian Suite", "Caravao To Tao Ceti", and "Outside Beyond/
Three Ways Back (parts 1, 2, & 3)".