In 2009, a handful of London-based musicians travelled to Nairobi in Kenya to collaborate with two local musicians: Joseph Nyamungo and Charles Okoko, who hail from a village up country called Owiny Sigoma. The workshop/rehearsals were a lot of fun and pretty fruitful so they set about finding a studio that could accomodate a 7-piece live band. The resulting four tracks made their way to Gilles Peterson who promptly signed the band to his Brownswood imprint and sent the boys back to Nairobi for another week-long recording session with Joseph, Charles and their extended musical family.
The traditional folkloric music of Kenya has not received the same global exposure as that of Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa or North Africa for example and one of the objectives of this project was to try and build on this. The band draw on a broad spectrum of African influences, from Fela Kuti and Tony Allen to the likes of Thomas Mapfumo and Oumou Sangare, but bar Jesseâ€™s participation with Damon Albarnâ€™s Africa Express, this was the first opportunity for Jesse Hackett (keys), Louis Hackett (bass), Sam Lewis (guitar), Chris Morphitis (bouzouki/guitar) and Tom Skinner (drums) to visit specifically for a musical project.
The results are documented on the bandâ€™s forthcoming album â€“ a collection of gloriously hypnotic Afro grooves symbolic of the true culture clash between the Luo and London.
Preceding the album release is a limited 10" "Popkorn / Papa's Got A Brand New Pig Bag", check the video for "Popkorn" below.
Japanese punk-jazz renegades SOIL&â€PIMPâ€SESSIONS bust back in 2010 with their sixth studio album on Gilles Petersonâ€™s Brownswood Recordings imprint. The sextetâ€™s roof-raising, festival-conquering live show (dubbed â€œDeath Jazzâ€ in a two-finger salute to ....Japan....â€™s polite, noodling, straight ahead jazz cognoscenti) has earned them new fans at every stop on their annual trailblazing European tours.
In response to their â€˜Planet Pimpâ€™ LP, Time Out hailed the group for â€œâ€¦thrashing and trashing jazz into a new centuryâ€¦â€ They are committed to the same spirit of invention as Coltrane, Shepp, Mingus, Ayler, Sun Ra and Ornette, although these quintessential avant garde jazz-men barely scrape the surface of the Pimpsâ€™ musical reference points. Pivotal to that essential Death Jazz mix are Cynic (one LP in â€˜93â€¦. these dudes are LARGE), Peter Brotzmann (crazy German horn player â€“ check â€˜Machine Gunâ€™), Lou Reedâ€™s â€˜Metal Machine Musicâ€™, NYCâ€™s John Zorn and Original Silence â€“ a kind of death-jazz supergroup, featuring the ubiquitous Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, alongside members of the Thing, Zu and Dutch experimental rockers the Ex. Itâ€™s all pretty wild shit and itâ€™s just a starting point.
The cunningly titled â€˜6â€™ is â€“ yep, you guessed it - the sixth album by the sextet and alongside monstrous good time grooves like â€˜Pop Kornâ€™ and â€˜Papaâ€™s Got A Brand New Pigbagâ€™, the band incorporate two vocal-featured tracks for the first time. â€˜MY FOOLISH HEART ï½žcrazy on earthï½žâ€™ features acclaimed Japanese alternative female singer Ringo Sheena on vocals whilst a cover of the club classic â€˜Stolen Momentsâ€™ features Top UK jazzer Jamie Cullum who collaborated with the band for the BBC Electric Proms in 2008. Taking things into the electronic arena, renowned Japanese turntablist, DJKENTARO contributes the opening sound collage too.
â€˜6â€™ finds SOIL & â€œPIMPâ€ SESSIONS in blazing hot form. The album highlights the bandâ€™s consistent progress in their misson to seek new sounds and push the envelope. Purists, anoraks and haters beware, the â€œPIMPâ€s are back and they ainâ€™t leaving â€˜til you show them the respect that they deserve.Tracklisting & Listening Clips: