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Friday, Aug 22 2014 | 00:31
Image: 1591085 Electric Cowbell Records is proud to announce the release of No
Discount, the second full length album from Brooklyn psychedelic
afrobeat band, Zongo Junction. Exploding from the center of New York’s
vibrant afrobeat scene, Zongo Junction electrifies dance floors wherever
they perform. Packed with four horns, and a five-piece rhythm section,
audiences can’t help but move no matter where the band is playing. If the
Talking Heads produced a Fela Kuti record of Sun Ra’s music, the product
would probably sound something a lot like Zongo Junction.
In an industry where it has become commonplace to watch bands
perform with laptops & backing tracks instead of live musicians, Zongo
Junction takes the stage 9 strong. The Village Voice describes their live
show as “Sheer energy with the force of a tractor- trailer that roars with
power and noise” while the SF Chronicle says that “Zongo Junction plays
its own fractured version of Afro-beat and generates an unstoppable groove
when it takes the stage.”
The music on No Discount, which was produced by Mikey Freedom
Hart (Sinkane, Albert Hammond Jr, Bleachers), embraces the individual
members’ interests, from Dirty Projectors to Albert Ayler, Wu Tang to
Meshugguh. At its core, you will find the addictive West African grooves
that are the foundation of Zongo Junction’s music. No Discount will be
available worldwide on limited edition 150 Gram white vinyl, CD, and for
digital download.
The album was recorded to 24 track, two-inch tape at The Bunker
studio in Brooklyn NY, then disassembled and polished, piece by piece,
by producer Mikey Hart, over a year-long mixing process. It was mastered
by all-star engineer Brian Lucey (The Black Keys). Featuring swaths of
analog electronics, hairpin rhythmic turns, and elaborate statements from a
powerhouse 5-piece horn section, the band has become impressively adept
at nestling entire sound worlds on top of authentic afrobeat grooves. The
result is one of the most sonically intricate, and infectiously danceable
recordings imaginable.

1. The Van That Got Away
2. Longtooth
3. Invented History
4. No Discount
5. Suspects In Madina
6. Invented Search
7. The National Zoo
8. Tunnel Bar
9. Unknown Elsewhere Available from 01.08.2014
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