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1.5-Hour Sun Ra v. Hip-Hop MP3 Megamix

Been wondering when you might get your hands on an hour-and-half mix of hip-hop producers cut’n’pasting old Sun Ra records. Sure you have. Well, such a glorious thing is available now, for free download, courtesy of the instrumental-hip-hop mavens at rhythm-incursions.com. Sun Ra, progenitor of outer-space jazz and free-rein collective improvisation, is both a fitting and challenging subject for remixing — fitting, in that his work was groove-heavy, rich in sonic touches, and a natural subject for producers who fancy themselves crate diggers, sifting through cultural detritus in search of lost grooves; challenging, in that his work, like his life, had relatively little formal structure, and thus the mechanical beat of hip-hop has to make peace with tempos that give and take. The producers here do their best, on a voluminous number of tracks, as the following set list attests:

    Electric Egypt “the invisible spectrum” ”¢ Ras_G “jouful noise!!!” ”¢ Space Monk “hello sun ra” ”¢ Afro Bluu “all systems go” ”¢ SoulJim “sun ra beat” ”¢ Ichiro “mori” ”¢ Movementss “cosmos” ”¢ Powell “popcorn contact” ”¢ Skipless “sometimes the universe speech” ”¢ Samon Kawamura “antique black” ”¢ Sauce “travel” ”¢ SK.ILL “5:49 in the a.m.” ”¢ Blak Maul “china gate” ”¢ Space Monk “majestic waves” ”¢ Stevo “into the sun” ”¢ Sudan Life “what i learned from le sony’r” ”¢ Elaquent “calling planet earth” ”¢ The Billion Dollar Quartet “sun ra project” ”¢ Cozmos “one for the sun” ”¢ Infinite Potentials “not like planet earth” ”¢ SK.ILL “graveyard planet” ”¢ -G-R-A-D-E- “summer in paris ”¢ Ravage Beats 2012 sun ra 2012 mix” ”¢ Don Bo “anhk” ”¢ Blunted Monks “lars vertoht de sun ra et” ”¢ Samon Kawamura “imagination” ”¢ Soul Kid “shine like the sun” ”¢ SoulJim “Moon Shoes” ”¢ -G-R-A-D-E- “bad character” ”¢ Dank Grooves “the final sun” ”¢ Jomac “sun rawness” ”¢ The Samurai “i am sun ra” ”¢ Depakote “one for the sun” ”¢ Sun Ra “space is the place (Live)

The full set is available as a Zip archive from two different URLs currently: rhythm-incursions.com, sendspace.com. It comes as one single, lengthy MP3, which makes coordinating tracks with the above list somewhat complicated — but of course, if it weren’t somewhat messy and confusing, it really would be true to Sun Ra. (Credit is due to twitter.com/scaloni, which first tipped off Rhythm Incursions about the existence of this collection.)

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. sdk
    [ Posted May 28, 2009, at 9:16 pm ]

    awesome :-) thx for this heads up!

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