Electric Mind State
November 24, 2017
Duzz Down San
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Artwork: Franke / John Ross Group
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Review Julia Vogl “Afropunk”
”Draws an audible link to African rhythms, like those in the Sabar (Senegal) tradition with the Mbalax rhythm (Yousson N’Dour, Faran Tamba) or in the Afro Beat music tradition from Nigeria (mixture of Jazz, Funk and Nigerian highlife music – Fela and, Fema Kuti, Manu Dibango). This album sounds like the perfect mixture of words, rhythm and melody while acting at the same time as a social claim. Through the three very talented artists, it is musically highly ambitious and interesting. Favorite track: 2022”.
The trio, consisting of Jahson The Scientist (vocals), Andi Tausch (guitar) and Andreas Lettner (drums), created their twelve tracks-longplayer ELECTRIC MIND STATE without any compromises, relied on edgy compositions which are not bending to any standards, are strong and present.
Scattah Brain is indeed traded as the representative of Afropunk in Austria. Their musical oeuvre ranges from hip-hop, over jazz, to rock. With this versatility, the trio is underlining their musical developements, their conceptual depth and euphonic breadth.
The tracks of their first album were birthed on Scattah Island, where the trio withdrew themselves into their own little world and created a soundscape, layered with spoken word and rap influences.
Scattah Brain opens eyes, draws attention to social injustices and puts its finger on the sore points of society. The goal is not to walk down the path of least resistance or to fit into a box, but to put a strong sign of humanity and rebellion into the world.
In addition to the obligatory download and streaming portals, the album is also available on CD and vinyl. None other than the renowned illustrator and cover artist FRANKE – around the creative network JOHN ROSS GROUP – has staged the artwork and gave those twelve tracks their certain visual final touch.