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Wednesday, Apr 23 2003 | 15:56

Moving Records stirred worldwide attention with the CD release of Blaktroniks’ album “Seduction At 33 1/3”. The duo from the Californian Bay Area presented a unique blend of Detroit techno, hip hop, broken beats and jazz

The “Soil:Sole EP” features the much sought after track “Goodbye” by the Michigan based crew Defcon 5 feat. Bluu. This tune has only been available on a super limited 7″ release before. Blaktroniks’ moody “Emaciated Shadows” is available on vinyl for the first time. The other four tracks are exclusive to this EP.

“Cleaning House” by Alicia Rene aka Bluu from Flint, Michigan is a stunning piece of blues rooted r&b music. Antenna from Minneapolis delivers the dark hip hop blues track “Cold Blood”, Germany’s Electronica pioneer Move D (of Source Records fame) shows his soulful side with his remix of Blaktroniks’ beautiful “Raindrops” and Causes And Forces roll out a mind blasting broken beats tune.

Please read what the people from Heidelberg’s Moving imprint have to say about the beautiful and bitter sweet music on this stunning 6 track EP:

Earth people,

this time we would like to take you back in time for dropping some associations to the key song “cold blood ¦ flows like rivers” on the “Soil:Sole” EP.

About 40 years ago, in 1964 “ when Sam Cooke wrote “a change is gonna come”, it was symbolizing hope for justice for African Americans and it became an anthem for the civil rights movment – Sam Cooke started his song with the words:

“I was born by the river in a little tent, just like the river I’ve been running since …”

He did sing many songs before using the metaphor of “the river” in various ways with different meanings – like “deep river”, “cry me a river” or “one more river”. A lot of other gospel sprituals he used to sing includes “the river” or “the river Jordan”.

He also did sing Paul Robesons version of “Ol’ Man River” from the musical “Showboat” which was telling the story about a blossom floating theater on the Mississippi bringing the matter of racism onto the stages of Broadway in 1927.

The Mississippi Delta – which gave the delta blues its name – is another obvious river connection “ blues, new orleans jazz, spiritual gospel – roots of modern music …

In 1924, three years before “Showboat”, the 18 years old Harlem Renassaince author Langston Hughes wrote the poem “The Negro Speaks Of Rivers”.

“I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset.

I’ve known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”

“Cold Blood – Flows Like Rivers” is the chorus of the opening track on “Soil:Sole”.

It was written by Afro-American artist Antenna in the 90ies in Minneapolis. While living there he also gained the same bitter experiences so many other free people in the civilzed world made and make “ starving from hunger and being homeless.

The origins for the lyrics of “cold blood” also lie in stories from the Burundi-Ruanda war in Africa some years ago when the rivers were running red from the blood of the dead.

It seems we’re all heading to more wars and they will take place, among other regions, in Africa. As the river of history “ “keeps rolling along” …

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