I recently started getting promos from Stones Throw which is exciting. This cd showed up last week and I’ve been stuck on this track since then. Sahara Swing is on Stones Throw’s “Now Again” subsidiary which I thought was solely dedicated to reissues. The cd is clearly marked with a 2008 release year but considering the sound, I was able to ignore it and assume it was the a new copyright year for the reissue. It wasn’t until just now that I went to Stones Throw site to get to the bottom of it, and apparently “Now-Again has taken more to new artist development and signings” and this is brand new music.
The horn harmonies that first appear at :57 seem so familiar without actually knowing them. It’s actually something I would have dreamed of playing back in my young alto saxophone playing days. Not so complex but oh so moody and cinematic.
I don’t know anything else about this group other than what the Now Again site says so I’ll just quote instead of pretending:
Now-Again Records follows up…with an album of Afro-tinged funk music originating from the Southern Sahara and recorded in Germany.
Karl Hector has, to date, only appeared on one 7-inch, from 1996, as the leader of the Funk Pilots. For this album, he has teamed up with Jay Whitefield (producer and guitarist for the Poets of Rhythm and the Whitefield Brothers, and founder of the now defunct Hotpie & Candy Records) and Thomas Myland and Zdenko Curlija, founders of The Malcouns.
Alongside Bo Baral, other members of the Poets of Rhythm and crack Munich-based session musicians, Whitefield, Myland and Curlija have crafted nearly twenty tracks that follow the musical roads that Hector has travelled. The underlying groove that ties these ideas together, of course, is as rooted in James Brown as it is Fela Kuti. As informed by Mulatu Astatke of Ethiopia as it is by Jean-Claude Vannier and Can. This is an album of the world. Not “world music” – but that will appeal to any culture ever transfixed by rhythm on “the one.”
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