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Friday, Dec 09 2016 | 02:19
Image: 1607508 Baast returns with a follow-up to their cosmic
jazz funk opus “Dimensions”, with another
set of esoteric “Kosmiche Musik” on their
new offering “Bazaar.” Channeling the same
energy filtered through a more “worldly” vibe,
the heavy focus is on polyrhythmic percussion
producing a decidedly Middle Eastern flavor in
a similar vein to Krautrock standouts
Embryo and Passport.
The brainchild of R. Scott Dibble and DJ Johnny Basil, Baast’s
live performances are a mix of theatrical rock, jazz improv, and
extended funk sojourns once they lock into a groove. 2016 has
been a coming out party of sorts for once-underground hero DJ
Johnny Basil. After a 20 year hiatus from producing music,
hunkering down and delving deep into his esoteric studies while
amassing one of the more impressive record collections focused
on library music, his ascension has been ignited by his exposure
to a young and eager audience as a tour DJ for cult surf-rock
crusaders The Growlers. Leaving crowds mesmerized throwing
down hard Disco and Funk while exploring the groove alongside
them gyrating and slithering shirtless on stage. Drawing a
visually striking resemblance to Iggy Pop, and sartorially decked
in ‘70s vintage regalia, he’s inspired a write-up from Vice outlet
Thump dubbing him “The Man You Wish You Were”, putting him
in the running as a real-life “Most Interesting Man In The World”.
Fresh from being named by the OC weekly staff as “Best Local
Celebrity of 2016” and loaded with several new projects outside
of Baast including his recently released excursion into Nu-Disco
with the aptly named Basil & Rogers and Sleaze/Glam Rock
outfit Kandi Jones, as well as several upcoming appearances in
music videos and fashion shoots, DJ Johnny Basil’s long-overdue
“shine” is only destined to burn that much brighter.

1. Bazaar 8:20
2. Her Deadly Oasis 12:14
3. The Anubis Dawn 3:28
4. Pharaoh's Serpent 14:11
5. Teleportation 10:19
6. Into The Camel's Eye 5:15
7. Translations 8:40
8. Mirages 5:19
9. Departure 11:19

FILE UNDER: JAZZ, JAZZ-FUNK, FUSION, SPIRITUAL JAZZ
PARENTAL ADVISORY STICKERED: NO
FOR FANS OF: PASSPORT, EMBRYO, MILES DAVIS ON THE CORNER Available from 20.01.2017
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