Canada's favourite reggae trio, Bedouin Soundclash, is up to something big. Equipped with their own record label, Pirates Blend, under Sony Music, they are taking the stage again with a new kind of artistic confidence. Their latest record, Light The Horizon, proves they are capable of exploring the possibilities of Bedouin folk while staying true to their skanky roots. Bassist and cofounder Eon Sinclair affirms that "it wasn't a priority to have the whole record based in reggae. The goal was to make interesting music and to show another side of what we do. However, the reggae element will always be there."
Recently the band played shows across India, Australia and China. They were honourably selected to perform at the World Expo in Shanghai, earlier this year. With a little bit of tenacity, they got the some of the world's most reserved crowds dancing.
Sekou Lumumba, Bedouin's new drummer can be described as a gentle soul with really good intentions on the one hand, and a "monster drummer" on the other. He's played with Kardinal Offishall in the past, and Sekou added a lot of value to the new Bedouin record.
'Brutal Hearts' is a vintage love duet with a male and female singer; influenced by Iberian rhythms and produced from a Jamaican point of reference. 'May You Be the Road' and 'Elongo' may awaken motions of MGMT and Great Lake Swimmers.
DJ King Britt produced the new album and his creativity shines brightly on the finale, 'Follow the Sun.' This was a song that Jay had written with a lot of integrated space. He wanted it to sound kind of trippy, so the band took the files from the main studio in Philadelphia and brought it to Britt's personal studio where he programmed a beat for them on the spot.
Eon and the Bedouin's manager were familiar with King Britt's solo work and it may have been his wicked, but limited-release remix of 'When The Night Feels My Song' that sealed the production deal for Light the Horizon. An entire Bedouin Soundclash remix album has been compiled, but was put on hold so they could finish they new album.
"Just waiting on a bit of artwork," the guys may place some of the remixed tracks up on their website like they did earlier in 2010. If you're really interested, these tracks may be floating around on the internet somewhere.
Bedouin Soundclash is currently playing alongside the Cross Canada Hats Off Tour with England's Charlie Winston and the first non-Bedouin act signed to Pirates Blend, Michael Rault. Both known for wearing hats in performance, the tour name says it all.
Jay and Eon have played in Vancouver at least 15 times and they dig the green space, the temperate weather, the sushi and the beaches. Although they commented on the general lack of ethnic diversity in the city, maybe they'll be surprised this time around.
Bedouin Soundclash will be lighting up The Vogue Theatre with Charlie Winston and Michael Rault on November 30th, 2010 at 7:30pm. Get your tickets rude ones!
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