Ubiquity Records to release Nostalgia 77's second album The Garden
on March 22
The maturity and sensitivity of Tru Thoughts (Quantic) Recording artist Nostalgia 77ís music belie his relatively recent step into beat-making. Influences are wide ranging; the drums of funk and hip-hop are strong guiding forces, as is the melody of jazz and the atmosphere of psychedelic rock. The Garden will be released on Ubiquity simultaneously in select territories - USA, Canada, Spain, Mexico, and South Africa.
Nostalgia 77 aka Ben Lamdin first burst onto the scene with his heavy, new funk based sound. The maturity and sensitivity of Nostalgia 77ís music belie his relatively recent step into beat-making. Influences are wide ranging; the drums of funk and hip-hop are strong guiding forces, as is the melody of jazz and the atmosphere of psychedelic rock. Having consistently refined the quality of his musical selection while djing for a number of years, the fuller musical expression of actually making his own music was inevitable. Unleashing some club friendly tracks on Tru Thoughtsí hugely influential 7Sevens imprint in 2002, he eventually followed up with his seminal debut LP entitled Songs For My Funeral in February 2004, exploring a more downtempo and jazzier style. The success of his album encouraged him to progress with this style for his second album The Garden, a style which he describes as a combination of soul and jazz composition with computer based production techniques." Ubiquity Records will be releasing The Garden in select territories - USA, Canada, Spain, Mexico, and South Africa. The album will be available on Tru Thoughts in the rest of the world.
Coming from producing hip hop style beats I'd always heard snippets of jazz tracks I loved. This LP was a way of doing some jazz tracks which did what I wanted from start to finish," says Lamdin.
Nostalgia 77 is aiming for an edgy sound whilst continuing to search for a more personal expression. The influences include.... free and spiritual jazz - Sun Ra - Coltrane - AACM - Don Cherry - Ornett Coleman - Archie Shepp Ė Mingus - Max Roach, British jazz like Keith Tippet & Graham Collier, 60's funk & soul and Afro sounds.
Cheney Lane" - a free opening leads in to a heavy hip hop groove in C.Low driving horns and African flute complete the arrangement. Changes is based on the track Metamorphosis" (taken from Nostalgia 77ís Songs For My Funeral LP). Over a similar groove and chord progression is a new horn arrangement written by Kelsey Jones. A skipping rhythm and close controlled harmony best describe the head selection, which grows and grows with subsequent listens. Solos by KJ and John Shenoy develop the theme nicely.
Green Blades Of Grass" - wirey guitar trades phrases with double bass to open this ramshackle quartet arrangement. Trumpet joins the groove, but guitar, bass and Rhodes set off on their own journeys, only to meet again for a closing round of the theme. The Hunger is one of the more ambitious tracks. Piano bass percussion and drums provide a bed for a ten-piece horn arrangement. A slow brooding opening fights a cacophony of trumpets and then passes through an atonal bowed double bass solo before emerging into the strong searching melody which lies at the heart of the piece.
You and Me" is a simple shuffling jazz piece with a middle-eastern flavour. Built around a twisting Rhodes line and rocking double bass if features rich bass clarinet from John Styles and sensitive alto work by Tessa Lewin. After Ararat is a tune built on the back-bone of a thick afro percussion track. Using both 4/4 and 6/8 times signatures creates a tense canvas for insistent horn melody and dogged double bass. A firey soprano solo from John Styles takes this track over the hill and all the way. Arguably one of the LP's most engrossing moments.
Seven Nation Army" - This White Stripes classic is given a New Orleans style work over with Alice Russell screaming out the vocals with soulful passion. This version is different to the original Nostalgia 77 single release featuring a warmer double bass sound to keep it in line with the album sound. The track was originally recorded to play as a 'special' at the Tru Thoughts club night 'phonic hoop' in Brighton, UK. But huge demand for the track led to itís official release.
The Garden" wraps up this album - a sweet yet haunting melody letting everybody know that this LP's over. night night!
Background to some of the musicians/contributors to The Garden:
Kelsey Jones - learned trumpet as a child.... reputedly studying Bill Evans scores at aged 9! National award winner for big band jazz composition at 16 beating Jamie Cullum in Jazz Musician of the Year! A great trumpet player.
Riaan Volsoo - Graduated from the University of Leeds playing Double Bass. Founding member of respected British free jazz group Electric Dr M with Mathew Bourne. Other recent projects include work with Broadway Project and Spring Heel Jack. Many of the bass parts on the LP are improvisations.
Jon Shenoy - graduate of Royal Academy Jazz Course.
John Styles & Russ Knight Ė members of the Quantic Soul Orchestra live band, friends of Ben & fellow Brightonians.
Alice Russell Ė this lady is a unique singer and hugely talented.