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BLACK MARKET BRASS

CHEAT AND START A FIGHT (SECRET STASH)

BLACK MARKET BRASS - CHEAT AND START A FIGHT 107953
Format:
1 CD
Release:
10.02.2017
Label:
SECRET STASH
Kat.-Nr.:
107953
Barcode:
0853580005381
One of the incredible things about recorded music is its ability to travel across time, space, and cultural boundaries.

The story of Black Market Brass and their debut album, Cheat And Start A Fight, is a testament to that miraculous feat.

Recorded in 2015 by the 12-piece instrumental band, the album is heavily inspired by the sounds of West African popular and spiritual music from long ago.

Founded in Minneapolis in the spring of 2012, BMB came together when two guitar players discovered each other's almost identical Craigslist ads aimed at starting a funk band influenced by, among other things, the sounds of Fela Kuti, K Frimpong, and King Sunny Ade.

Over the next three years the band would relentlessly rehearse, fine tune, and develop their deeply powerful sound.

What started as a funk band playing obscure covers eventually blossomed into a creative collective of musicians that writes, arranges, and performs original music that builds on the sounds of Nigerian Afrobeat by tastefully blending it with other styles.

As time passed, the band cycled through players and material before arriving at what would become the permanent lineup and their signature sound.

Cut live in one room over three days, the recordings jump out of the speakers with an energy reminiscent of the band's celebrated live shows.

The album's title, "Cheat and Start a Fight", and some of the songs on the album are heavily influenced by Yoruba bátà music, as taught to conga player David Tullis by Chief Muraina Oyelami in Iragbjiji, Nigeria during the summer of 2012.

From start to finish, Cheat And Start A Fight is laden with endless polyrhythms driven by intricate percussion, intertwined guitar parts, and rock-solid bass and drums.

Atop that complex backdrop, the members of the 4-piece horn section, anchored by copious amounts of baritone sax, revel in their ability to effortlessly float back and forth between almost militaristic precision and ultra-loose, sometimes free-jazz inspired playing.

The result is a strange sort of booty-shaking party music with a dark, heavy, almost post-apocalyptic undertone.

It's Afrobeat with heavy doses of psychedelic textures and feelings.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. CHUCK WU
  • 1.2. THE POWERS
  • 1.3. POCKET BABY
  • 1.4. THE GROG
  • 1.5. GLOOM
  • 1.6. HALF A CIG
  • 1.7. MOB RULES
  • 1.8. MIDNIGHT PYRE
  • 1.9. MOON KING