Mixtape #114

Exhibiting a fluid mastery of the dhol, talented and acclaimed Indian-American composer and drummer Sunny Jain is involved in a range of diverse musical projects that dip into the soundtracks of Bollywood classics and spaghetti westerns, jazz, Indian folk, hip-hop, surf rock and many other genres. Brought up in New York as the child of Punjabi immigrants, his music is rooted in Indian traditions and culture. A renowned and unique performer, with numerous accolades under his belt, Jain is best known as the founder and bandleader of 8-piece Bhangra party band Red Baraat. He released his phenomenal album Wild Wild East last February, a personal record that brings to the table his skills and unique palette of influences and identities, celebrating immigrant and diaspora experiences. We’re ecstatic that he put together this amazing genre-spanning mix for us.

“Here’s a short mix of songs that I’ve grown up, have influenced me and that I still love to this day. Coltrane to Squarepusher, Zakir Hussain to Rush and a Bollywood classic from 1951, plus more.”

  1. Zakir Hussain – Making Music [ECM Records]
  2. Rush – Losing It [Mercury]
  3. Fishbone – Freddie’s Dead [Columbia]
  4. Miles Davis – Ah-Leu-Cha [Columbia]
  5. John McLaughlin – Mother Tongues [JMT Productions]
  6. Primus – Tommy the Cat [Interscope]
  7. Talvin Singh – Butterfly [Island Records]
  8. Mukesh – Awaara Hoon [Odeon]
  9. Radiohead – Knives Out [Parlophone / Capitol Records]
  10. Squarepusher – Beep Street [Warp]
  11. Nitin Sawhney – River Pulse (Rain Mix) [Outcaste Records / PIAS]
  12. Genesis – The Lady Lies [Charisma / Atlantic]
  13. John Coltrane – Resolution [Impulse!]

Primus give away ‘Golden Ticket’

Primus

Last month we got the first taste off Primus‘s upcoming album Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, with the first single ‘Pure Imagination’. The album sees the band’s classic line-up featuring bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde, and drummer Tim Alexander, back together for the first time in almost 20 years. Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, as its title suggests, serves as a tribute to the 1971 cult film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, which was very important and musically influential to Claypool as a kid.

Primus have now shared another cut from the album. this time their fantastic cover of ‘Golden Ticket’. Listen to it now and grab Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble when it drops on October 21st via ATO Records.

Primus return with Willy Wonka-inspired album, share first single ‘Pure Imagination’

Primus -  Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble

Legendary prog-rockers Primus have announced their return with the release of a new album. And what’s more, this come back sees their classic line-up featuring bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde, and drummer Tim Alexander reunited for the first time in nearly two decades. Entitled Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, the upcoming album pays homage to the 1971 cult film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
“The idea was to combine the Frog Brigade and Primus, and do this record”, said Claypool. “I really wanted to pay homage to a film that was very important to me as a kid and very influential to me musically. So that’s what we did. And as opposed to just going in and recording the songs and playing them the way they are in the film, we twisted them up a bit…twisted them up a lot.”

Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble arrives on October 21st via ATO Records and is currently available for pre-order via their webstore.

Coinciding with the release, and in support of the new album, Primus are set to embark on a US-tour in October. If you’re lucky enough to attend one of their shows, you can get your hands on one of their very own Primus chocolate bars. You can check all their tour dates here.

Seems like a long wait till October, but they have already shared ‘Pure Imagination’, the first taste of what they’ll be throwing at us. Have a listen now.