Let’s start by being honest – I knew nothing about MLC before hearing Alex Robinson from Stones Throw play ‘Heaven’ on the Dom Servini radio show. After a quick internet search and a couple of emails it turns out Stones Throw will be putting out a MLC compilation entitled ‘The Complete Works’ and I have been assured it is KILLLERRRR! If the description is to be believed I think I may agree: This anthology collects Bay Area soul-jazz singer/songwriter Matthew Larkin Cassell’s complete works (comprising his ‘Pieces’ album, an EP entitiled ‘Matt The Cat’, a 7″ single and a recently recorded and issued vinyl EP). Contains a 20 page booklet containing never before seen photos, liner notes, annotation and an extensive interview with Cassell. Contains ‘Heaven’, as sampled by Madlib for Madvillain ‘3.214’.
DJ Nuts is an astute and rigorous historian of Brasil’s vast and varied musical culture. His record collection is legendary; his skills as a DJ are world class. VTech commissioned him to make this mix to help people understand the extraordinary legacy of Athur Verocai. Many people know Verocai’s self-titled album, some even know the more popular compositions and arrangements, but none have dug as hard as Nuts. Years of collecting and a strong friendship with Verocai himself have made this historic mix possible. 78 minutes of all Verocai compositions and arrangements is a dream come true. Enjoy.
You know it makes sense. The sun is out. The Afrobeat has already started to make it’s way into the bag. The Steve Reid tribute tunes will be doing likewise soon enough. Should be a goodun. As always, we start at 6 so you can pop in after work. See you there…
‘Smile’ is an amazing new album from Ben Lamdin of Nostalgia 77 fame on Impossible Ark records which combines jazz, funk, afrobeat and most obviously the Ethiopian grooves of Mulatu. In fact, it is good to see that Lamdin chose to name one of the tracks ‘Mulatu’ as the nod to the main inspiration for the album is well deserved and a nice touch. There are so many strong tracks on the album it is hard to pick any one out for special praise, but both ‘Positive Force’ and ‘Over The Bridge’ have been getting constant rewinds this weekend. While fans of Alice Russell might just go straight to ‘Adam and Eve’ to hear her stunning voice over the African jazz.
What is all the more impressive is the fact that this isn’t some ensemble piece of master African musicians, it is in truth an homage lovingly created by Lamdin himself using offcuts of previously commissioned library music (the skeletons in his cupboard) as the primary source material. As he himself explains; ‘Skeletons is a made up band. I kid you not – it doesn’t exist. These musicians never stood in the studio together, they just passed through my house or left some scraps of sound behind after sessions we were working on… some of the music here started life as commissions for a library music company, pastiches and forgeries paid for by the current vogue for a certain style of African jazz. Once I’d done a few though I couldn’t stop, it was my default preoccupation, something for me once I’d finished working on other people’s albums. It was relaxation, something that didn’t matter whether it worked or not. The whole LP was made like that, done in the time between recording jobs’.
I’ve picked up the limited edition letterpress vinyl version which is a beautiful designed and printed by atwopipeproblem (shown above), but be quick if you want one of them as they are only doing 300 of them.
New look flyer hopefully highlighting how nice a space Corbet Place really is.