Released 26th April 2010 (CD and digital download)
Live at Relentless Garage 6th April.*
Pop Korn/Papa’s Got a Brand New Pigbag on 10” vinyl released 19th April
Japanese punk-jazz renegades SOIL & ”PIMP” SESSIONS burst into 2010 with their sixth studio album on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings imprint. The sextet’s roof-raising, festival-conquering live show (dubbed “Death Jazz” in a two-finger salute to Japan’s polite, noodling, straight ahead jazz cognoscenti) has earned them new fans at every stop on their annual trailblazing European tours.
In response to their previous LP ‘Planet Pimp’, Time Out hailed the group for “…thrashing and trashing jazz into a new century…” They are committed to the same spirit of invention as Coltrane, Shepp, Mingus, Ayler, Sun Ra and Ornette, although these quintessential avant garde jazz-men barely scrape the surface of the Pimps’ musical reference points. Pivotal to that essential Death Jazz mix are Cynic (one LP in ‘93…. these dudes are LARGE), Peter Brötzmann (free jazz German saxophonist/clarinetist – check ‘Machine Gun’), Lou Reed’s ‘Metal Machine Music’, NYC’s John Zorn and Original Silence – a kind of death-jazz supergroup, featuring the ubiquitous Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, alongside members of the Thing, Zu and Dutch experimental rockers the Ex. It’s all pretty wild stuff and it’s just a starting point.
The cunningly titled ‘6’ is – yep, you guessed it – the sixth album by the sextet and alongside monstrous good time grooves like ‘Pop Korn’ and ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag’, the band incorporate two vocal-featured tracks for the first time. ‘MY FOOLISH HEART crazy on earth’ features acclaimed Japanese alternative female singer Ringo Sheena on vocals whilst a cover of the club classic ‘Stolen Moments’ features top UK jazzer Jamie Cullum who collaborated with the band for the BBC Electric Proms in 2008. Taking things into the electronic arena, renowned Japanese turntablist, DJ KENTARO, winner of the Technics DMC World DJ final in 2002, contributes the opening sound collage.
‘6’ finds SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS in blazing hot form. The album highlights the band’s consistent progress in their mission to seek new sounds and push the envelope. Purists, anoraks and haters beware, the “PIMP”s are back and they ain’t leaving ‘til you show them the respect that they deserve.
6 – SOIL & “PIMP” SESSIONS
2. PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG
3. SEVEN (Intro Sound Collage by DJ Kentaro)
4. MY FOOLISH HEART ?crazy on earth?x ????
6. QUARTZ AND CHRONOMETER
7. POP KORN
9. AFTER THE PARTY
10. MIRROR BOY
11. “STOLEN MOMENTS” Feat. Jamie Cullum
12. DOUBLE TROUBLE
13. MY FOOLISH HEART ?crazy in mind?
*Soil & “Pimp” Sessions
20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD
Doors 7pm; £12.50