Somewhere in between extraterrestrial innovators Sun Ra and Sa-Ra, in the outer regions of the musical galaxy, lies Ammoncontact. Hard to pigeonhole, Ammoncontact is as much hip-hop for free jazz heads as it is minimal techno for afro-funkateers. Dark, moody, spiritual, and deep, Carlos Nino and Fabian Ammonâ€™s unique blend of acoustic and electronic beats has been evolving organically over the last five years, and is at its ripest yet on this new release.
With Voicesâ€”the third in their discographyâ€”refers to the album's many and varied featured vocalists and points to a change of course for the Los Angeles-based duo, whose previous work has been predominantly instrumental. One song, â€œBeautiful Flowersâ€ features vocals from both Organized Konfusion emcee Prince Po and jazz great Yusef Lateef. Relative unknown, underground emcee Lilâ€™ Sci delivers some of the more memorable moments, with his MF Doom-meets-Ghostface Killah flow. Ex-X-Clan frontman Brother J delivers a surprisingly fresh treat on â€œDrumriders,â€ as Cut Chemist juggles vinyl soundbites in the background over one of the cdâ€™s bouncier tracks. As a whole, the release has an even broader sweep, from avant-tronic soundscape architecht Daedelus to neo-folk singer/songwriter Mia Doi Toddâ€”disparate voices that meld with the albumâ€™s trance-inducing rhythms.
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by DJ Scribe