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Thursday, Jan 12 2017 | 09:05
Image: 1608183 One of the incredible things about recorded music is its ability
to travel across time, space, and cultural boundaries. The story
of Black Market Brass and their debut album, Cheat And Start A
Fight, is a testament to that miraculous feat. Recorded in 2015 by
the 12-piece instrumental band, the album is heavily inspired by
the sounds of West African popular and spiritual music from long
ago. In 2013, Secret Stash Records released BMB’s debut single to
critical acclaim. The bible of all things funky, Wax Poetics, declared
the record to be “Heavy Nigerian Madness.” Flea Market Funk raved:
“This is some authentic music right here people, recorded in the
United States. Inspired by the likes of The Funkees, The Black
President, and Moussa Doumbia as much as James Brown and The
Meters, this Twin Cities dozen (and sometimes more) is shoveling
out their musical path with their unique sounds.” The entire pressing
quickly sold out as Secret Stash shipped copies around the world.
Two years later, after almost non-stop gigging and rehearsing, BMB
finally tracked their debut album.
Cut live in one room over three days, the recordings jump out of
the speakers with an energy reminiscent of their celebrated live
shows. The album’s title, “Cheat and Start a Fight”, and some of the
songs on it are heavily influenced by Yoruba bátà music, as taught
to their conga player by Chief Muraina Oyelami in Iragbjiji, Nigeria.
From start to finish, Cheat And Start A Fight is laden with endless
polyrhythms driven by intricate percussion, intertwined guitar parts,
and rock-solid bass and drums. Atop that complex backdrop, the
members of the 4-piece horn section, anchored by copious amounts
of baritone sax, revel in their ability to effortlessly float back and forth
between almost militaristic precision and ultra-loose, sometimes
free-jazz inspired playing. The result is a strange sort of bootyshaking party music with a dark, heavy, almost post-apocalyptic
undertone. It’s Afrobeat with heavy doses of psychedelic textures
and feelings.

1. Chuck Wu
2. The Powers
3. Pocket Baby
4. The Grog
5. Gloom
6. Half A Cig
7. Mob Rules
8. Midnight Pyre
9. Moon King

• Recorded in 2015 by the 12-piece instrumental band -
heavily inspired by the sounds of West African popular
and spiritual music from long ago
• Endless polyrhythms driven by intricate percussion,
intertwined guitar parts, and rock-solid bass and drums
with a 4-piece horn section, anchored by copious
amounts of baritone sax
• “Heavy Nigerian Madness.” -Wax Poetics
• “This is some authentic music right here people,
recorded in the United States. Inspired by the likes of
The Funkees, The Black President, and Moussa Doumbia
as much as James Brown and The Meters, this Twin
Cities dozen (and sometimes more) is shoveling out their
musical path with their unique sounds.” -Fleamarket Funk Available from 10.02.2017
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