Kindred Spirits
NL2LP 2012

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With ‘Soulful Shanghai’ IG draws a lineage directly from the civil values of jazz musicians like Harry Whitaker’s Black Renaissance and Roy Ayers’ We Live In Brooklyn, to present-day music styles via the rhythms of hip hop, electro, house, and other drum machine-oriented genres. Musically, ‘Soulful Shanghai’ mixes it all up while still making sense. Selected vocalists ID 4 Windz and John Robinson, both of east coast hip hop duo Scienz Of Life, Georgia Anne Muldrow conspirator Eagle Nebula, and New Jersey residents Bilal Salaam and K Banger lock IG’s skewed beats together. The hip hop swagger is punctuated by plenty of live jazz tracks, with dedications to the Mizell brothers and Harry Whitaker keeping the swing spiritual. Perhaps the centre-piece of the album is the live rework of ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’, with a 2012 lyrical update by Niles ‘Asheber’ Hailstones, reminding us that images of riots stay the same, and they keep happening around the world, round the clock, from decade to decade. IG Culture has been releasing music and albums since the early 90’s – that’s over two decades of craft under his belt. He’s no stranger to anyone familiar with groups like New Sector Movements and Quango, a multitude of hip hop and broken beat projects and labels like Mainsqueeze. Soulful Shanghai is a continuation of jazz and the civil rights of Black Jazz and Strata East. It’s a continuation of the spiritual funk of the Mizell brothers and the spoken word of Gil Scott Heron. It’s a descendant of hip hop and the resistance of the Zulu Nation, a distant cousin of techno and Juan Atkins’ deep space explorations. “Soulful Shanghai is a place you navigate, hopefully, you find It somehow,” IG concludes. Keep on searching.

A1 I Can’t Believe It
A2 Truth
A3 Core Exit
A4 Talking Bout Mine
B1 Black Renaissance
B2 Futures Back
B3 Take It There
B4 The (Blessed) Mizells
B5 Half Black, Half Japanese
C1 Bluff And Fold (Gamble And Bluff)
C2 Catalog Pieces
C3 The Revolution Will Not Be Tell Lie Vise
C4 Do The Math
D1 Tangible Dream
D2 Outsider (The Lite)
D3 Whats Happening
D4 The Sankofaz Peace Ark-Extra