In September 2008, I euphorically wrote about the remixes of IG Culture’s Zen Badizm album. Fast forward to 2010 and it seems they have been forgotten by now, including the label guys.
Only today IG Culture reminded us about one of them, the remix from Georgia Anne Muldrow. IG doesn’t mention whether it will ever get a proper release, but he tells us to “look out for the NSM refit coming soon!” Keep your fingers crossed.
March 23, 2010 Removed the file on request, you can still listen to it on the Holy Roller blog.
As mentioned before, the Broad Casting event featuring Build an Ark and IG Culture’s Zen Badizm Workshop was recorded by RBMA Radio. There is also a video from the night, which was handed over to the Beyondjazz crew.
You can also listen to the concerts from Build an Ark and IG Culture online. For more detailed report, please check out this nice post on the Beyondjazz blog!
You know the stage is on fire when the likes of IG Culture, Kaidi Tatham, Heidi Vogel, Fatima and Akwesi Mensah come together to play music. That’s what happened when those minds brought the Zen Badizm Workshop to Jazz à Vienne back in July.
This is also a reminder, that Zen Badizm will return to the stage at London’s Cargo later this month!
Karen P’s Broadcasting and the Red Bull Music Academy are hosting a night at London’s Cargo, that could easily turn out to be the event of the year.
On November 19, the legendary IG Culture will bring his highly acclaimed (and possibly much overlooked) Zen Badizm album to the stage. He will be joined by another West London legend, the keyboard genius Kaidi Tatham of 2000black, Neon Phusion and Bugz in the Attic fame. Also on stage will be long-time companion Akwasi Mensah and Eglo affiliated singer and past RBMA participant Fatima.
If you haven’t pissed your pants yet, let me tell you that Carlos Niño will fly in from Los Angeles to take over the stage with Build an Ark just after that. They will be presenting their new album Love Part 1 and of course songs from the previous ones.
Tickets are now available, for further infos please visit Cargo’s website. For those that can’t make it, RBMA is supposed to record the evening or parts from it – fingers crossed.
Japanese label Freedom School has announced a remix EP of IG Culture’s Zen Badizm. The scheduled release is this September and it will feature the original version of Girl U Need a Change of Mind, and remixes from Georgia Ann Muldrow and IG Culture himself.
Also, the previously rumored Kaidi Tatham album has been confirmed (in Japanese!) on Freedom School’s website, release date still unknown.
Mar 22, 2010 Who would have thought there are news on this one after such a long time. IG Culture posted the Georgia Anne Muldrow remix on the Holy Roller blog. Probably still coming out?
New album from IG Culture, Co-Op founder and innovator of the so-called West London scene, and the first under his own name. If you heard the New Sector Albums before, than you have to adjust your expectations a bit. Don’t get me wrong, as IG is one of my favorite contemporary producer and I certainly think this could be album of the year!
Recorded in different parts of the world, it features the likes of Corey Wilkes and Tom Ashe (both on trumpet), Pino Palladino (bass), Josh Deeps (vibes) or Ernest Dawkins (reeds). On the vocal side you get Bilal Salaam, Heidi Vogel, Sacha Williamson and Dee Alexander. The result is one of the richest sounding, most versatile concept albums of the year. Its political, its dance-able, its angry, its soulful, its bebop to acid jazz, house to broken beat.
Ra Bops in Blacknuss
The musical richness reveals IG Culture’s musical background, as the album combines any of the periods he’s been involved in. There’s the vocals reminiscent of the Young Disciples and New Sector Movements, the mad keys of Quango or Likwid Biskit, the tight beats of Son of Scientist. As illustrated on the brilliant cover artwork, you will also find his influences from the likes of Sun Ra, Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti or J Dilla.
Girl U Need a Change of Mind
Though divided into three pieces (Zen I, Zen II and Zen III), it’s an album to listen to from start to end. Still there’s material that has the potential as a single, like the Eddie Kendricks cover of Girl You Need A Change Of Mind. Being released through DJ Kentaro’s Freedom School label, the album is available in Japan only. However, you can find both CD (FSCX-0002) and gatefold LP (FSLP-002 – two extra tracks!) via Juno Records or Dusty Groove.
Update: There’s a video of the release-party available at Dax TV!