kabanjak Tree of Mystery (CD, £6.95)label: ESL Music
Kabanjak is one half of the block-rockiní German hip-hop production and DJ duo Ancient Astronauts. With a deep passion for music dating back to a childhood fixated on watching faded footage of Jimi Hendrix performing guitar pyrotechnics, Kabanjak has spent decades honing his skills as a musician, producer, remixer and DJ. Now he is ready to present his own musical vision with his debut solo album. Kabanjak not only tackles much of Tree Of Mysteryís live instrumentation, including guitars, bass, keys, kalimba, flute and melodica but also teams up with various other vocal and instrumental talents: regular collaborator Ulf Stricker provides snapping live drum rhythms, Canadian DMC champion and Juno Award winner DJ Brace provides cuts and scratches, poet Azeem (who also appeared on 2009ís debut Ancient Astronauts album We Are To Answer) drops conscious rhymes and Sitali (from Thievery Corporationís live show) and Rykarda Parasol provide soulful incantations. With its broad spectrum of haunting melodies, rough riddims and solid arrangements, spanning downbeat, hip-hop and dub reggae, Kabanjak lets Tree Of Mystery dig its roots deep in the musical underground and grow its branches right up into the sky!
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