An excellent collection of classics and retooled wonders from DJ Krush – a 2CD set that separates his work with MCs and his instrumental canon – and includes 5 brand new tracks! The Lyricism CD features appearances by Company Flow, Black Thought & Malik B of the Roots, Mos Def, Aesop Rock, Zap Mama and others. The set finds Krush in his most hip hop reverent game, naturally – but he runs the gamut of possibilities within the genre! Tracks include "Only The Strong Survive (Bon mix)" feat CL Smooth, "Vision Of Art (Broken mix)" feat Company Flow, "Zen Approach (Cradle mix)" feat Black Thought, "Kill Switch (Beep mix)" feat Aesop Rock, "Song For John Walker (Sticky mix)" feat Anticon, "Danger Of Love (Gray-Sky mix)" feat Zap Mama, "Shinjiro (Harsh mix)" feat Mos Def and more. The instrumental part of the package – appropriately subtitled Soundscapes – featuring Krush remixes of his own earlier tunes – along with guest producers. This gives Krush ample opportunity to demonstrate his skills as one the most renowned turnablists ever – with tracks that range from insistently thumping, to ambient and trippy! Titles include "Stormy Cloud (Raindrop mix)" feat Ken Shima, "Trihedron (Stray mix)" feat OPUS, "Endless Railway" feat ?uestlove, "Duality (2006K mix)" feat DJ Shadow, "Kemuri (Untouchable mix)", "Drum", "Bypath-Would You Take It (Static mix)" and more! (Hip Hop, New Grooves)CD
Full length CD that features a huge range of different talents all remixing the classic Italian soundtrack cut "Sessomatto" by Armando Trovajoli (which was included on Easy Tempo Vol 1). The set's got the full original version, plus cool remixes by Raphael Sebbag of U.F.O., DJ Smash, The Karminsky Brothers, Claudio Coccoluto, and other modern mixologists dedicated to transforming this classic jazzy bossa groove. Despite the repetition, the sound varies from track to track, and the release works well enough as a full-length LP with a sound that's in keeping with the rest of the Easy Tempo catalog. CD
Stunning Afro Funk from this incredible combo – as great as anything from the 70s, and maybe even better! The album's the second full length release from New York's Antibalas Liberation Orchestra – and like the first, it's an insanely wonderful batch of funk tunes that follows fiercely in the Fela tradition. Choppy guitars meet with chunky rhythms, riffing keyboards, staccato horns, and a deep commitment to rootsy production – one that keeps the sound of the record firmly in the classic mode, without any fancy remix touches of house music beats. The album's amazing – the sort you could easily pass off as a rare gem you find digging through the crates in Lagos – but it's even better than that, because these guys are young, alive, and headed to your town soon for a concert! Titles include "Talkatif", "Hypocrite", "World Without Fear", "War Is A Crime", and "NESTA 75". (Global Grooves, New Grooves)CD
The Apples present a pair of Kings – a nice little project the finds the nine piece collective in collaboration with masters of their styles – funk pioneer Fred Wesley on a quartet of tracks and Israeli percussion titan Schlomo Bar on 4 others! The Apples are such a stylistically sprawling, capable combo that the overall feel is quite cohesive and always funky – with Mr Wesley's trombone prominent and the classic funk styled "Howling With Fred", "In The Air", "Alright" and "Kings" – and Middle Eastern funk on featuring Schlomo Bar and the addition of oud player "Ilan Ban-Ami" on remaining tracks "Batash (Alwoojdi)", "Ani, Ata Wehoo", "Walking To The Palace" and "Banana Jam" (the latter sans oud). CD
Of all the lost club classic groups we've stocked over the years, Atmosfear has probably been the most in-demand, and has garnered a huge amount of interest for their early mix of electronics and club grooves, in a brilliantly spacey way that prefigures lots of today's techno and happy hardcore grooves. The folks at Mr. Bongo put together this fab set of remixes to pay tribute to the genius of Atmosfear – and they've got some pretty darn good help on the project, from famous guests like Masters At Work, Francois K, Idjut Boys, and Dimitri From Paris. The set's got nice remakes/reworkings of Atmosfear classics, like "Dancing In Outer Space", "Too Spaced Out", "Alternative II", "Extract", "Feel Up", and "Motivation". Handsomely packaged, and with a fresh cosmic sound that spans 2 decades! (Soul, New Grooves)CD
The first album in a number of years from Black Grass – and they seem to have used the time to pick up a whole host of new musical influences! The core soulful style of their debut is still strongly in place, but this set also features a fair bit of dubbier, dirtier sounds as well – a bit more grit in the grooves, and a definite influence from both Jamaican and hip hop-based spheres of production! The shift is a good one, and keeps Black Grass from sounding too "turn of the 21st Century" – and gives their music a nastier undercurrent than we remember, almost with a bit of Ninja Tune bite, but less abstract overall. Album features guest work by Jehst, Okou, Maylay Sparks, Rider Shafique, and Micall Parknsun – and titles include "So Many Ways", "Don't Try", "Sweet To Taste", "Nemesis", "Oh Jah", "The Floating Wizard", "Nobody Knows (It's Sunday)", and "Lucha Contra De La Injustica". CD
Live ... CD Innerhythmic, 2002. Used ...