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VA - The Bees Present The Sound Selection (2008)

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VA - The Bees Present The Sound Selection (2008)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: The Bees Present The Sound Selection
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Tirk / TIRK-033CD
Genre: Alternative, Funk, Reggae, Samba, Rock
Total Time: 54:33 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 131 mb / 395 mb

VA - The Bees Present The Sound Selection (2008)

"The latest in Tirk Records' series of compilations curated by some of the finest artists and DJs in contemporary music, is this time brought to you by Mercury nominees The Bees. The compilation includes an exclusive unreleased alternate version of Left Foot Step Down (vocal spliced into dub), from The Bees's third critically acclaimed album, Octopus, plus a brand new exclusive, Papa Echo. This sound selection, named after their legendary DJ team, was chosen, compiled and mixed by the Bees.

The band have consolidated their sound since recording in their very own home-made Steamrooms studio on the Isle of Wight,as heard on 2007's Octopus - 'Album of The Year' (The Independent). Here on The Sound Selection are some of the musical gems from The Bees's DJ treasure chest from the deepest soul to the dirtiest funk, tropicalia, hip hop, folk and reggae, these are the tracks which have influenced the band over time.

Opening with the glorious American gospel soul of the Staple Singers and leading into the ever - unpredictable rap of Quasimoto (Madlib), the Indian west coast pop funk of Red Bone follows, from Bees Aaron picking up the album Potlatch for 25p from an RSPCA charity shop. 'I couldn't believe it! It's such a positive record, 'bad news ain't no news at all' sums up the vibe a treat.'

With De La Soul's Ego Trippin, we have a playful part party / part car tune; from Muddy Waters, a raw message on love- says Aaron- 'It made this giant of a blues man into a psychedelic preacher, relentlessly threatening you with his electrified axe!'

Skanking roots come from Lee Perry's finger tips on Headquarters - 'the cut and paste style of the intro is so ahead of it's time, the 'no, he's busy!' spoken phrase sums up The Bees's studio vibe whilst putting this whole mix together!' There¹s some sweet and groovy roots reggae in Matumbi's 'Chain Gang'; a classic Brazilian feel-good attitude song in 'Roda'; and what the band see as 'some imagined mind-bending sixties session' in the shape of Dungen.

Fatty FLX (Bees' Aaron) brings a bouncy little ditty to the mix, whilst the softly ambient pop and throbbing rhythms of Can's 'I'm So Green' is a particularly lush number. Another high note is the beatifically cosmic 'I Have Found Love' from seminal pioneers of the hypnotic groove and today's experimental electronic music, Silver Apples, the arpeggio synths weaving in and out of stonking primitive drums, while the declaration of lost love glides on a broken harmony.

The Bees's own 'Papa Echo' is, according to the band, a song about family, truth and peace. 'We thought this track fitted in with the psychedelic soul sound of this compilation. It's an in-between albums' song for us - it may or may not be a taster of where we're going!' Cyril Labonne comes as a gift from Aaron's nan, the 'lemonade song', then there's a slice of 60's pyschedelic acoustic rock in Donovan's 'There Is A Mountain', with its graceful lyrics- "caterpillar sheds his skin to find the butterfly within", and the cool, sighing sounds of flute, clopping bongos and congas. The blue print for a great song, these slightly bizarre lyrics dance around an infectious folk shanty - warning from The Bees- 'Be careful it's extremely contagious!!'

To round things off, there¹s a surefire dance floor mover from Little Anne, and for the closing track, the warm and intimate blues funk soul of Clarence Reid's gorgeous 'Nobody But You Babe', a superb version of 'It's My Thing', with its fanfare intro leading up to one of the most classic funk riffs put down."


1. The Staple Singers - Step Aside
2. Quasimoto - Phony Game
3. Redbone - Bad News Ain't No News At All
4. De La Soul - Ego Trippin' Part 2
5. Muddy Waters - I Just Want To Make Love To You
6. Dillinger - Headquarters
7. Matumbi - Chain Gang
8. The Bees - Left Foot Stepdown (Special Cut)
9. Elis Regina - Roda
10. Dungen - Plågor Jämna
11. Fatty FLX - Original Ghosts
12. Can - I'm So Green
13. Silver Apples - I Have Found Love
14. The Bees - Papa Echo
15. Cyril Labonne - Alouda Limonade
16. Donovan - There Is A Mountain
17. Little Ann - Going Down A One Way Street (The Wrong Way)
18. Clarence Reid - Nobody But You Babe



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