The Drug Store is the first venture for the Colored-Inc. label into Psychedelic Folk & Rock vibes. Blending Nigerian harmonies with American Folk and Jazz, Reggae chants with Stoner Rock and Hip Hop beats or Nyabinghi percussions, freaky electronics with Afrobeat or deep poetry, James Bond-like arrangements with 21st century Chicago Soul, and inviting some famous Zulu Nation King & MC to a deep garage-blues session, this is indeed a kind of a Multi-Colored Thing, a nearly hallucinatory record pushing the Colored-Inc. label's identity towards more edgy forms of African, Carribean and Afro-American music. Production duties by Erik Rug, Doctor L and Grant Phabao, with star guesting Amayo from the Fu-Arkist-Ra and Allonymous (USA), Kiala Nzavotunga and Tony Allen (from Nigeria), The Jays (from Jamaica), Le Damn Dog, Kactus Hunters, The Joslyns and The Farell Girls (from Paris)
Pollution, stress, anguish, life is harder and harder on your nerves... In order to cure these nervous problems, the Détendu Laboratories have selected for you the cream of electro down-tempo (also called Lounge music) to bring you calm, serenity and fullness. That's how the artists of the T.I.M.E.C. collective, as real lab assistants, have created in their studio the ultimate formula: peaceful music + out-of-step humour = absolute happiness. Here are the first signs that have been observed on a sample of the population after the very first listen of this album: Better relations with the surrounding environment, a spreading happiness and an irresistible desire to relax (TIME(C) TO RELAX would even stop the fall of the hairs!!!) So don't hesitate to get a prescription for this album at your usual CDs store to finally live and enjoy without stress and in perfect harmony with your inner-self.
Very rough, the Spontex scrub sponge has definitely nothing to do with The Joslyns. This Parisian quintet coming from every sides of the city has the soft tender feel of nicely combed Peter Rabbit. Their music aiming at the neurones, our musicians fulfil themselves in socially strong volutes. Very far from the idea of free melody! Each note, each effects, each silence is a n angry politically engaged cry tending to revamp the social slump in which our civilisation are sinking. Let it be heard, where the Joslyns plays, the citizens listen. Social activism through downtempo and breakbeat bangin' beats is possible!
This brazilian cover of Wilson Simonal's "Nao Vem Que Nao Tem" (as featured in the movie "City Of God") sets the stage of a brand new style: tropical jerk, a tasty cocktail of shake beats and 21st century swing, updated with the oh! so wet voice of Desiree Lachose and mexican electronics from Don Diego De La Grana. They share the bill as Popsanova...