Monday, September 12, 2011

Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band - Rubber Orchestras

Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band, Rubber Orchestras (Heavenly Sweetness/Naive) new album, to be released on october 10th, third album by Carribean poet and novelist Anthony Joseph whose title album is inspired by lines from african-american surrealist poet Ted Joans. This one specially focused on 70s afro-sounds.

Sometimes inspire by Ginger Baker's Air Force, Demon Fuzz, ethiopian jazz, free jazz, obviously funky... cool connection with producer Malcom Catto from The Heliocentrics. The decision to use producer Malcolm Catto came about through a mutual love of 70s music and Catto's extensive knowledge of analogue sound.

It begins by killer afro-funky-beat as Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band's Bird Head Son second album, ending by - in a sense - some heady jazz take-off that recalls Heliocentrics's Out There album. Anthony Joseph is probably the worthy successor of Gil Scott Heron, making political and social commentary as it's the rule since Sly Stone. First track opening words: "The griot is the sound of universal cultural" and continues with guitar wah-wah effects on Griot - first tune - recalling some tracks Nigeria Disco Funk Special (Soundway Records) compilation. With "Started off as a dancer", Ghanean's Bukom Mashie is not so far. "Speak The Name" clearly Jimi Hendrix influenced and the voodooist "Damballah" sounds like the track Sankofa by Tony Allen & The Hypnotic Brass Band, in a broader sense check out also Malia 70s as ethio-groove - à la - Whitefield Brothers, Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics.

Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band - She Is The Sea

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