Cymande - Second Time Round (MRBLP159, Mr Bongo, 1973)
Back when I first started working in a record shop (way back in 2000) the 3 albums by Cymande were being booted mercilessly and it was a revelation to me that the groove from ‘Change In Speak’ was lifted (from ‘Bra’ off their self-titled debut), with remarkable finesse I might add, from a British funk band. BRITISH! Of course they were a (mostly?) West Indian born band but they’re unique sound could only have been born in London. And what a brew! Calypso and African rhythms, American funk and the more open-minded end of the early 70s Brit rock scene all swirl together in a distinctively deep and languid groove.
Seems mad that a little later in the 2000s they were synced on a Marks & Spencer’s ad but full marks to that Music Supervisor. I think it sold a lot of cakes.
Props to Mr Bongo for such a straight forward but excellent reissue.
Record Collection: 012
Project Title: Operation: DOOMSDAY
Artist: MF DOOM
Genre: Underground Hip-Hop
Released: April 20th 1999
Length: 19 Tracks •
Verdict: DOOM’s 1999 release, “Operation: DOOMSDAY” is a nineteen track ode to his genius in the studio. His advanced lyricism and overall coherent production creates a unique and intriguing listening experience every time he releases an album solo or collaborative. Although this is my third favourite album by the genius MC, it holds a special and unique spot in my heart for the infamous DOOM.