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Backspin: A Six Degrees Ten Year Anniversary Project
World music purists have never been happy with the Six Degrees label's pan-cultural mash-ups or the fact that western rock has a global influence. They'll take no comfort when India's MIDivil PunditZ lay their digitized-Bollywood sound on Led Zeppelin's "Four Sticks," nor respite when Spain's Ojos de Brujo conduct a flamenco romp through Bob Marley's "Get Up Stand Up." It's all part of the concept of Backspin: A Six Degrees 10 Year Anniversary Project. Each of these artists, all associated with Six Degrees, covers a song that had an influence on them. Like Jimi Hendrix with "All Along the Watchtower," the best make the song so personal that you forget the original. And speaking of Hendrix, psychedelia fares well on Backspin, with a cover of the guitarist's "If 6 was 9" by Rara Avis (from Desert Dwellers). A nine-minute compression of Pink Floyd's "Echoes" by Banco de Gaia is a jewel of hallucinogenic electronica. Singer Azam Ali and Niyaz are probably the only ones who could take the Cure's "Love Song" and make it sound like a Rumi love poem. Dzihan & Kamien's soul-jazz take on Herbie Hancock's "Rockit" is actually more jazz-driven than the original electro-funk hit, with some Herbie Mann-style solo flute driving the track. Few transformations are as radical as the Real Tuesday Weld's deadpan, Leonard Cohenesque read of ABBA's "The Day Before You Came." Yet even the relatively faithful versions reveal new dimensions in these works, like Karsh Kale's ominous stomp on the Police's "Spirits in the Material World." Shrift's ethereally intoxicated drift through the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" makes it sound even more heavenly than the original. But most artists here completely reinvent their songs. Backspin isn't meant to be profound, but it does underscore the global-village ethos that has brought the music of the world as close as the click of a key.
TRACKS: 1.Spirits in the Material World - Karsh Kale 2.Rockit - Dzihan & Kamien 3.Get Carter Theme - Bombay Dub Orchestra 4.Love Song - Niyaz 5.If 6 Was 9 - Rara Avis 6.Four Sticks - Midival Punditz 7.Get up Stand Up - Ojos De Brujo 8.Bed's Too Big Without You, The - Los Mocosos 9.Day Before You Came, The - The Real Tuesday Weld 10.God Only Knows - Shrift
11.Echoes - Banco De Gaia 12.Julia - MNO
Six Degrees 100
Six Degrees Records celebrates
their 100th release with this specially priced compilation. Six Degrees
100 features all of the label's most popular tracks performed by such
artists as Bebel Gilberto, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Euphoria, Suba,
dj Cheb i Sabbah, dZihan & Kamien and many others.
Listings - 1. Delirium Euphoria 2. A
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