The timing couldn’t be better. When hip-hop heads dig deep in the crates to try some crazy shit, magic happens… this time with The Magic Band. The week Captain Beefheart died, I was listening heavily to the Light in the Attic compilation The Free Design: The Now Sound Redesigned – a collection of hip-hop artists like Peanut Butter Wolf, producers like Nobody, and indie rock darlings like Stereolab and Caribou reinterpret the songs of The Free Design. I was wanting to hear something as disparate and crafty as that again. Al Lover answered the call, and did so shortly after Don Van Vilet’s passing on December 17th. Of course, the Bay Area producer’s been working on this project for some time – it just so happened his re-imagining of Beefheart’s 1967 debut Safe As Milk dropped in the wake of the good Captain’s return to the cosmos from whence he came. Impeccable, right?
Safe As Milk Replica reflects the original work, track for track, reconstructed through a dusty groove. It’s rad. And as Don and discriminating palletes can appreciate, no backpacker shit or Pro Tools tricks on this go ’round. Just analog explorations and steady tappin’ on the MPC. Stream the whole thing below and/or grip it from Al Lover’s Bandcamp. It’s worth reading his introduction as well.
Thanks to IMPOSE for the tip.