Various Artists — Innerhythmic Sound System
(Innerhythmic INR004, 2001, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2002-09-01I had heard about half of the tracks on this compilation before I got it, so I knew what to expect. Innerhythmic is dedicated to a kind of world/jazz/electronic fusion that I generally enjoy, and I was not disappointed. Bill Laswell starts things off with the sparse groove “Babylon Sync,” featuring some spacey electric piano and deep soundscapes. Laswell’s Sacred System follows that with a remix of “X-Zibit-I” off the Nagual Site CD. This track is propelled by tabla drums and some eerie horn samples. Moving a little more to the electronic side, Praxis does “Flux and Reflux,” a quick workout for drums and turntables with some contrasting freer sections. Another Praxis cut comes later, this one a guitar-oriented at times, like a mutated cross between a free noise group and a hip-hop DJ. Suphala contributes a tabla-driven piece called “Psyche” with some interesting electronic interjections, a more experimental counterpart of some of the India/electronica combinations I’ve heard. We also get two tracks off of Blood Ulmer’s Blue Blood [reviewed in #24] and one from Nicky Skopelitis and Raoul Björkenheim’s Revelator. The Ulmer tracks sound a little out of place, being electric blues with a bit of jazz, but variety is sometimes a good thing. If any of this sounds like intriguing stuff to you, this is a good place to start for the label.
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more