I sit with the Nickodemus Sun People
CD and experience a musical world expedition that takes our sense of hearing from the Middle East to the electronica of club dancefloor.
On cut one, the Earthrise Soundsystem version of "Sun People" plants us firmly on the African plain amongst the tribesmen, thatched-roof huts and ceremonial dances around twilight fires with Swahili-like lyrics.
This album is full of ironic songs for you who love the sunshine, brighter days' optimism and a belief that there is more sun to come than less. It includes brand new versions of Nickodemus' second album,"Sun People" that dropped last fall. It has the texture Bob Marley roots, Rock, Remixed's Remixed collection previously reviewed in this space and a global assemblage of rockers. You'll hear from Pablo Sanchez, Christian Prommer, Globe Earthrise Soundsystem, Red Astaire Rollerskatte, The Pimps of Joytime and other prominent producers.
The HIRD remix of "La Lluvia" features Richard Shepard (which one? There are so many producers with this name) inside ac frame of Puerto Rican-style house. The vibe is consistently magical, mysterious and even sensual as in Adham Shaikhí's Karma Sutra-metaphor remix of "WEriseWEfallWeriseî," where the ire` is pretty unmistakable.
Both "Sun Children" and "The Lone Feeling" have two versions. Track eleven's remixed lyrics are current, clever and playfully amusing. Other remixes are provided by The Spy from Cairo, Tal M Klein, Kush Arora, Tom B, Sabo, J-Boogie and Nickodemus.
Don't let the sun go down without your checking this collection into your music library. The cover art alone will brighten your CD rack, so display it prominently and alternately on your coffee table! It is World Music and should enlighten your mind whether you are in Negril, Jamaica or Jamaica, Queens. I'm happy that my editor gave me this to review in the spring of 2010 is it is in full bloom instead of last fall when it was originally released. Although playing this too much all the time (as I have been doing in order to review this) can give you sunburn, a play once a week or so should keep you healthy as a vitamin. We prescribe a rating of three stars as my recommended dosage.
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