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    Kuti, Fela & Africa 70 – “Everything Scatter / Noise For Vendor Mouth” – [Wrasse Records]

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    “Big trouble, big argument, big fights, big everything…”
    and that would include a big sound. A 2-for-1 reissue of
    albums KFJC does not have among its massive Kuti booty.
    “Everything Scatter” is so ebullient, so indomitable,
    every one coming together on the Afro-beat. Fela is
    such a master of whipping up the energy of a song,
    the drum starts it, the horns herald what is to come,
    and the vocals hang back so long, you think the singers
    missed the bus, but they’re in there, just letting the
    music work its magic. Stir things up. The vocals
    powerful and almost another form of percussion, the
    call, the response, the pattern pulls the listener in,
    s/he becomes a singer, and after a few choruses its
    time to sit back and let Fela speak/sing a story.
    Some funky synth on “Who No Know Go Know” and definitely
    on “Noise for Vendor Mouth” had a tripped out Sun Ra
    vibe. “Mattress” may stress the mistresses, but come
    on that beginning is as sexy as your most secret fantasy.
    Horns spouting, and the drums yearing to find the one.
    “Who No Know..” and “Mattress” have some killer sax,
    and likely lead to some killer sex too. The force of
    procreation conquers the political, ask any senator
    in a scandal, but “Everything Scatter” out-drives
    even the temptation of “Mattress” on this. Both releases
    originally from 1975…
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 4, 2013 at 11:59 am
  • Filed as CD,International
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