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Friday, Mar 25 2016 | 03:47
Image: 1602255 The incredible Mop Mop are back with their fifth album Lunar Love.

CD Tracklisting :
01. Alfa
02. Adhara
03. Totem feat. Anthony Joseph
04. Spaceship: Earth feat. Anthony Joseph
05. Omega
06. Lunar Love
07. The Barber feat. Anthony Joseph
08. Habibi
09. Plato
10. The Serpent feat. Anthony Joseph
11. Supreme feat. Wayne Snow
12. Foreign Correspondents feat. Annabel

MOP MOP continue their journey through musically wide open spaces and places.
Refining their sound even more, creating an unique and deep atmosphere based on the
idea of traditional Gnawa rhythms mixed with a heavy Dub-Jazz-Funk pulse. They left the
„Isle Of Magic“ - but the magical experience of their music and vibe gets even more exciting
. . .
... as ANDREA BENINI and MOP MOP once again take a wonderful imaginary trip to a
place which echoes and results in another deep musical trip. From the „Isle Of Magic“ to
„Lunar Love“ - „There are other places out there“ – Sun Ra knew about these places outta
space, MOP MOP now take a journey from a mystical bright shining star called „Adhara“ to
Mother Earth, being aliens from a kind of similar but yet different planet which they had to
leave as they have destroyed and abused their ground, now in search of a new land.
Looking at our blue planet from a different point of view. „Show me this place they call
Earth and let me land this ship“, says ANTHONY JOSEPH in one of the key tracks
„Spaceship:Earth“.
Starting the trip with the soothing sounds of a Hang Drum, „Alfa“ leads into the four
movements of „Lunar Love“ – The Journey, The Awakening, The Experience and Close
Encounters. „Adhara“ then sounds like the Sultans Of Swing found their Karmacoma
finally, melodies of leaving and inquiring discoveries at the same time. Unquestionably,
Adhara must have been a wonderful place, but now it’s time to find a new life somewhere in
space, all under the sign of the magical „Lunar Love“ in the end. Hardly anyone can elude
the irresistibly rhythms of intrumental tracks like „Habibi“ or „Plato“ as parts of the journey
through space and time. „Supreme“, a beautiful and soulful love ballad and the dreamy
„Foreign Correspondent“, which is about the amalgamation of aliens and humans, the
destiny for a new way of living and caring, are the soundtrack to the release in a quite
peaceful setting after a long journey.
„Lunar Love“ once again features over ten brilliant musicians, each one contributing their
art homogeneously to ANDREA BENINI’s musical visions. ALEX TREBO on piano,
PASQUALE MIRRA on vibraphone, balafon and marimba, SALVATORE LAURIOLA on
electric and double bass, DANILO MINEO playing all kinds of primary percussions like
surdo, udu drums, tumbadora and the morrocan krakebs, which BENINI also uses on most
of the tracks like a traditional drum set. Additional hang, ARP synthesizers, Moog, guitars
and many other instruments create this unique atmosphere of the album. Poet and
musician ANTHONY JOSEPH on the vocals adding his outstanding poetry as an essential
ingredient, telling the story and matching perfectly with the overall vibe of the tribal Dub
Jazz Funk pulse. WAYNE SNOW’s sweet voice making „Supreme“ this beautiful love song
and Ninja Tune artist ANNABEL ELLIS dreamy chant inspired by Satie and Debussy feels
just right in place in „Foreign Correspondent“.
The whole album has been recorded in five excellent studios located in Berlin and
Ravenna using vintage analog equipment for he bliss of a warm sound, which can only be
achieved by using analogue tape in the end. „Lunar Love“ is MOP MOP’s fifth studio album
and it turns out to be BENINI’s best work to date, deep and sometimes dark, but uplifting,
very soulful and very original at the same time. Combining his afro american jazz
background with a tribal offbeat approach and a wonderful story on top. Reaching out to a
state of trance which feels very good once you let yourself go. Please take your seats and
join MOP MOP on this journey to these „Other places out there“ you haven’t seen and
heard yet.
„So take the dark away, leave me the day“ ANTHONY JOSEPH

„Love On A Far Away Planet“ (Sun Ra)
„Space Will Be My Home?“ (Mop Mop)

EPK https://youtu.be/mHM3-V5TXyE Available from 06.05.2016
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