Yes Ladies and Gents Mos Def is back in London next week for his first live performance in 3 years.
After a stressful afternoon thinking that the gig was all sold out (which it is now), ticketmaster came through with some last minute – 3rd floor spots. Oh well, better than nothing i guess. I discovered Mos Def through an avid American fanboy who started raving to me at a house party about the mighty mighty MOS. Black on Both Sides is a great album and everyone should listen to it then buy it.
Another name on the poster was familiar to me – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a group which i have been hearing a bit about lately, a trip to Dr. Google soon revealed that they are a nine piece brass band with links to Sun-Ra trumpeter Phil Kelan Cohran.c Long story short – Gilles Peterson picked up on their single Jupiter and nominated it for song of hte year 2006. With all of their Vinyl releases sold out around the world, i managed to track down two of their self released albums to download on Amazon.com (also available on itunes). It is all very good stuff and by the looks of some of the photos i have found, they will be directly supporting the mighty Mos on stage!
Anyway don’t take my word for it, go and check their videos here read their blog here. Djouls who is extremely ahead of the game in all of this stuff has compiled a complete discography to date and has a link to one or two downloadable tracks
On a related note, DnB heads should check the Zero Tolerance bootleg of Mos Def – Panties, this hot little number has been on rotation for at least a year now and just came out last week- vinyl release only! (can also be heard in this Zero Tolerance mix on 1xtra)
Photos and review to follow!