Gratitude to DJ CAM for gracing the turntables at AFRO FUNKE’ last Thursday. It was his first time performing at Zanzibar and it was an absolute pleasure to have such a luminary in the house! Thanks as well to Strut Records for the their fantastic new MIGHTY SPARROW anthology which is an absolute treasure!!
WEEKLY FUNK INVOCATION
Afrobeat, Brazilian, Dub, Reggae, Cumbia,
Samba Disco, Batucada, Afro-Latin House,
Indian Beats, Makossa & other deep-rooted
Funk music from around the world
Thursday January 26, 2012
With SEVEN, DJ CAM serves up his most personal album since the acclaimed Substances. Inspired as ever by the original jazz and hip-hop influences that helped him become one of the founders of the trip-hop scene back in 1995, this new album is also full of exciting new musical and visual influences.
As a mainstay of the French Touch (he started his career in the 1990s together with Daft Punk, Air, Cassius, Bob Sinclar…), DJ CAM has released six albums, helmed a number of side projects and given countless performances all around the world, helping him to acquire global notoriety. His 2002 single “Summer in Paris” with Anggun sold over a million copies and remains an emblematic tune of the Parisian dolce vita.
He is now based in Los Angeles, where his musical and visual projects can converge, including production and remixes (Michael Jackson, Serge Gainsbourg, Air, Miles Davis…), sound design (Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Sephora, Agnès b…), soundtracks for both TV(“CSI: Miami”…) and cinema (Gus Van Sant, Wayne Wang…).
SEVEN has touches of well-crafted pop and folk (“Swim,” with vocals by Stateless’ Chris James and a video directed by Sonia Sieff, reminds one of Radiohead, one of the album’s major influences. And Chris James is also present on “Ghost” and “Uncomfortable”), hints of old school electronica (“Dreamcatcher”) and cinematic ambient tracks that invite you to dream (“Seven,” “California Dreaming”). For a feminine touch, DJ CAM adds the vocals of Inlove, a new signing on his Inflamable label, and Nicolette, long-time collaborator with Massive Attack, the legendary group that DJ CAM feels closer to now than ever before, and to whom he dedicates the album.
DJ CAM: “After the acoustic album Soulshine and various projects with high-profile collaborations and large groups, I wanted to get back to the essentials of being a producer: going into the studio alone, having total freedom, and allowing my inspiration free reign. SEVEN has turned out to be so intimate because I approached it in the same way as my earliest tracks; with experimentation and pleasure as the prime motivation.”
Written in Paris and Los Angeles, SEVEN is an album whose enveloping, melancholic tone and wide-open soundscapes are supposed to help make your mind wander. The release of the album is the moment for DJ CAM – who admits to spending as much time in art galleries as he does listening to and composing music – to show us his talents as a photographer through the Landscape Architecture project, a series of mysterious landscapes where nature and architecture intermingle in a ghost-likeworld. An exhibition is planned, and the visuals will be projected on a big screen during DJ CAM’s concerts, as revealed for the first time at the SXSW festival last March.
listening party 9-10pm:
Wit, Wisdom and Soul from the King of Calypso 1962-1974”
Strut present a brand new retrospective of one of the Caribbean’s most towering musical figures, Mighty Sparrow, covering 1962 to 1974. During a career of over 40 years, Sparrow has been an unmatchable figure in the world of calypso and a constant backdrop to Caribbean life, recording over 300 albums and winning eleven Calypso Monarch and eight Road March titles at the annual Trinidad Carnival during one of the most competitive times in its history.
Scoring his first hit, “Jean And Dinah,” at aged 20, Sparrow’s style drew on influences from US street harmony quartets to crooners like Nat King Cole, jazz greats – Ella, Sinatra – and the early calypso generation including Lord Melody and Lord Kitchener. By the late ’50s and in his early 20s, he was already an influential figure, encouraging Trinidad’s people to pay taxes with Carnival hit “P.A.Y.E.” and highlighting cruelty to animals on “Russian Satellite.”
This new collection hones in on Sparrow’s most creative years as he effortlessly surfed musical styles from calypso party jams to hard-hitting boogaloo and soul. He had become a confident political commentator, tackling subjects as varied as domestic economic hardship (“Ah Diggin’ Horrors”), slavery (“The Slave”) and the Cuban missile crisis (“Kennedy And Kruschev”). Other tracks serve as a vital reference point for today’s music. On “Picong Duel,” we hear Sparrow and fellow calypso legend, Lord Melody, trade insults, a direct forerunner to later mic battles in hip hop culture. Elsewhere, Sparrow just plain rocks the party (“Calypso Boogaloo,”
“Jook For Jook”) and turns in the odd choice cover – we feature here his lilting version of Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness” with Byron Lee. The album also documents Sparrow’s fearsome live reputation with two firing tracks from a late ’60s gig at the Barbados Hilton and excerpts from a ’70s concert in Brooklyn featuring Sparrow’s dynamite backing band, The Troubadours, at the peak of their game.
This is a long overdue retrospective placing Sparrow in his rightful position as a true Caribbean great, a cultural and social icon on a par with Fela Kuti in Nigeria or Miriam Makeba in South Africa. As journalist Ric Hernandez wrote in 1967, “It’s all there with Sparrow – wit, wisdom and an earthy irreverence for the established order. He sings life as he sees it, as one long boisterous contact sport.”
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