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The Space In Which The Uncontrollable Unknown Resides Can Be The Place From Which Creation Arises / Work Money Death

Work Money Death - The Space In Which The Uncontrollable Unknown Resides Can Be The Place From Which Creation Arises

ATA Records

"The Space In Which The Uncontrollable Unknown Resides Can Be The Place From Which Creation Arises" is the latest project from the group Work Money Death. The project was the creation of Saxophonist Tony Burkill and pianist Adam Fairhall. The group performed with Burkill for his ATA records debut back in 2017. Although there's only two tracks here they both come in at around seventeen minutes each. The two track disc has a spiritual jazz vibe as Burkill channels the spirit of Pharoah Sanders. On the haunting opener "Dusk" Neil Innes distinctive bass patterns are the driving force behind the tunes. Innes's vamps are a perfect compliment to the melodic flourishes from Burkill and pianist Adam Fairhall. "Dawn" is a sixteen minute passage driven by a quest to spread peace and love. Burkill's tenor is strong out the gate but isn't the only element serving notice. Emotive percussions courtesy of Pete Williams are in alignment with Fairhall's glorious soloing. Drummer Sam Hobbs understated rhythms serves as the perfect canvas for everyone to shine. Marvelous work from on hand here and another winner for ATA records.

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Reg Dancy, 04/21

A.L.A. / Wumni

Wumni - A.L.A.

Documented

There's a lot to be said for home grown talent, even if this Camberwell born dancer, spitter and diva of all trades, who's also Nigerian (because she's lived there for more than a decade it therefore entitles her to have dual nationality)has her foot in many territories - including the US. As confusing as it may seem, this girl's no rolling stone. Wumni's journey through music on her debut album entitled 'A.L.A, meaning Africans Living Abroad, is very clear in what it encompasses. Defined as a combinative reflection of where she's been and what her experiences have birthed, by spending time in all of these places, has proved very favourable and made her a hot commodity in the dance arena. Since leaving behind her Soul II Soul days as the infamous silhouetted dancer of that 'Back To Life' video and being the mainstay of their crew, she then headed to New York, hooked up with the MAW boys Kenny and Louie, as well as helping out the likes of King Britt, Roy Ayers, Osunlade but became most notably a lot more recognised for her work on the Fela Kuti tributes back in the mid-late nineties. It's some of those same Afro house rhythms along with today's broken beat sounds and her unique Nigerian twang and broken English quirkism which her album captures with eloquent expression. Getting you on your feet there's broken beat aplenty to be found in the presence of the politics of "Greedy Body", "Crossover (Commercialism)", while they funky fusions of the Bugz In The Attic's Seiji was responsible for the effervescent percussion and drum production of "Good Foot Charlie". The comical lyrics of "Talk, Talk, Talk" wonderfully marries jazz and hi life as she gets to expressing the nature of man . Deep house tasters "Fanaticals" and "Sweet Lullaby" and the smooth acoustic displays on "Illegal Alien" and a few other choice selections complete this discography of inviting and tasteful collection that's surely been a long time coming.

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Marcia Carr, 06/07

Wvr Bvby / Wvr Bvby

Wvr Bvby - Wvr Bvby

Plug Seven

Pronounced "War Baby", Wvr Bvby is an eight piece band from Melbourne. Their debut for Plug Seven records is a mesmerizing collection of high energy compositions built around meditative rhythms and a hypnotic horn section. Lead/Bassist Carl Lindeberg demonstrates strong songwriting skills on all but 2 tracks here and allows freedom for everyone to shine. "Magnetic Ruins" is filled with swaying horns and seductive rhodes playing from Phoebe Elsworth who also wrote the tune. "BSP" kicks off with engaging guitar licks from Joseph Orton followed up with breezy flute melodies from Erica Tucceri. The band's sublime melodies steadily builds towards a dramatic orchestrated climax. The finale "And Another Thing" is a ten minute number that follows the same formula. Superb songwriting layered with strong musicianship throughout as opposed to long winded jam sessions. Overall an impressive release from yet another talented band from Melbourne that deserves your attention.

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Reg Dancy, 07/18

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