Thursday, October 18, 2018

Abstract Orchestra on Madvillainy....

From the crew who did a cool reworking of Dilla last year, now onto Madvillainy... free download of a song off it too, on Bandcamp...

"Abstract Orchestra, the Leeds based heavily touring hiphop big band inspired by the live performances of The Roots and Jay-Z and the production of J Dilla and Madlib.

Abstract Orchestra’s MADVILLAIN Vol 1. explores the jazz, TV soundtrack and film score aspect of the original work, combining it with classic big band writing and a focus on improvisation. There is a strong influence of Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin and David Shire (composer of the soundtrack to The Taking of Pelham 123) on the album, and the arranger Rob Mitchell crafts his own sound that inhabits the space between Madlib’s production and Quincy Jones’ writing.

Bandleader and arranger Rob Mitchell says of the record: “MADVILLAINY was a jazz album as much as it is a hiphop album and I wanted to explore this reciprocal territory there has always been between jazz and hip-hop. 70’s cop show soundtracks have always captured my interest and imagination, and I discovered so much amazing music through TV themes, Quincy Jones and Lalo Schifrin in particular.

"They explored sounds that were menacing, angular, dissonant, frantic and yet captivating. They were also able to write music that was the flip side of all that dark chaos, and write lush and beautiful music. Arranging and scoring up MADVILLAIN Vol 1. Has allowed me to explore these sounds that I’ve always loved, yet keeping a strong hip-hop identity as the core of its sound.”

Out on ATA Records, 2 November, LP/CD/Digital

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