Our YouTube search for "Ornette Coleman stoned" was pretty much fruitless, but that's the vibe of Finnish acapella techno artists Renaissance Man's new EP Babbadabba. A bunch of years ago, Ornette went to Morocco to play sax with the Master Musicians of Joujouka, a group of reed instrument maniacs. That record, Dancing in Your Head is a group splatter of his happy sax and their super staccato North African bleating. Kind of like the big beat mouth music of "Babbadabba" and "Wahhagoogoo" meeting their drum shuffles. No one is touching this shit in techno right now. Someone get mad we said techno. This is like Billie Holliday making a house record using cut up drums from a Shellac record. This is like Biz Markie in 1986 when he lost his weed and had to be clean for a week and happened to meet the drummer of Slayer at Rick Rubin's acid house Bar Mitzvah. Come to America Renaissance Man. If you can go to Australia twice you can come to New York once. Seriously, not cool.
May 12, 2010