FLY: global music culture
3-D - Future Primitive
I've never understood the 'less is more' concept preferring the hedonistic 'the more the better'. In terms of drumming, that skool would cover a range of Earth Wind & Fire to Adam and the Ants to Keepintime to the real samba orchestras in Rio or Bahia with a hundred, or even five hundred drummers.
However, you've got to be mindful of appealing to just a constituency of The Drummer magazine subscribers or Mickey Hart's Planet Drum as there's always a risk that the end result sounds more like a drumming circle exercise than a listenable/danceable album.
The initial recordings from LA's Shrine Auditorium have been transformed such that Future Primitive doesn't have that problem.
'Pharoah's Groove' starts a little ambient but soon gets into the beats of a king of the desert.
Gongs, congas, cymbals add to the atmosphere which gets really dark on the next track, the suitable entitled 'Shady'. This is a jungle rock drum workout with the flute to scare the pants off ya especially with some synth weirdness at the end.
One of Airto's greatest tracks ever was 'Celebration' and here's another where the 3-D drum troop effect works really well. The next track, 'Concrete Jungle' starts on a similar theme but with a throbbing bass line and keys from a jazz-funk period it's a bit like Weather Report meets the Black Umfolosi Welly Boot Dancers
Each track progresses into tunes, like the funky beat of 'Funk Shui' with a dirty rock solo which reminds me that I must get out New York Dolls' 'Stranded In The Jungle'. Apart from the title of, 'A Starman's Song' there's not a particularly obvious Bowie link to it. In fact, it sounds like Richard Burton reading Under Milk Wood but it works a treat as the introduction to 'Native Space'. This is the highlight of the eleven tracks as it's bang on in a cosmic Spiritual South zone of samba with beautifully crafted synths and strings. No remix required here as it's going to sound great on 12"; perhaps only Nicola Conte could add something to it?
.... shove this into a 'Many Are Called But Few Get Up' or 'Moby Dick' mixtape.
I recommend that you check the www.3dproject.co.uk site for more background on the project, video and sound samples.