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- Views Of Saturn 3 by Machinedrum / Sun Ra
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 15 February 2013
Machinedrum made one of my favorite electronic orientated albums of the last two years with the magnificent ‘Rooms’. A stunning hybrid of pretty much every dance music genre mashed into one album. So what is he up to now? Well he is reworking a couple of ‘70s Sun Ra tracks as part of a series that I don’t seem to have come across before. It sounds almost exactly what you’d think Sun Ra crossed with a hip young producer would sound like.
The track lollops along some break beat style drum arrangements which push the track along a little harder. It’s all spur of the moment brass squeaks, and random piano clattering, Phil informs me that it sounds a lot like Jack Dangers’s stuff from a few years ago, I’m thinking of some of the Kieran Hebden/Steve Reid stuff as a ballpark reference.
On the flip we get something altogether more smooth jazz...though with Sun Ra it’s never going to be completely Kenny G. Random swirls of soul/jazz have obviously been toyed with to some degree but it’s difficult to say how. My aversion to sax (that’s sax, in case any ladies out there are reading) brands this unlistenable to my ears. Not quite the full-on collaboration you would maybe hope for but the A side certainly is a worthy workout.
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