Somewhere in between extraterrestrial innovators Sun Ra and Sa-Ra, in the outer regions of the musical galaxy, lies Ammoncontact. Hard to pigeonhole, Ammoncontact is as much hip-hop for free jazz heads as it is minimal techno for afro-funkateers. Dark, moody, spiritual, and deep, Carlos Nino and Fabian Ammonâs unique blend of acoustic and electronic beats has been evolving organically over the last five years, and is at its ripest yet on this new release.
With Voicesâthe third in their discographyârefers to the album's many and varied featured vocalists and points to a change of course for the Los Angeles-based duo, whose previous work has been predominantly instrumental. One song, âBeautiful Flowersâ features vocals from both Organized Konfusion emcee Prince Po and jazz great Yusef Lateef. Relative unknown, underground emcee Lilâ Sci delivers some of the more memorable moments, with his MF Doom-meets-Ghostface Killah flow. Ex-X-Clan frontman Brother J delivers a surprisingly fresh treat on âDrumriders,â as Cut Chemist juggles vinyl soundbites in the background over one of the cdâs bouncier tracks. As a whole, the release has an even broader sweep, from avant-tronic soundscape architecht Daedelus to neo-folk singer/songwriter Mia Doi Toddâdisparate voices that meld with the albumâs trance-inducing rhythms.
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by DJ Scribe