The beat generation interprets Sun Ra


Regardless of what you might think of the current beat/instrumental hip hop movement, one of the most interesting things about it is just how well the whole thing lends itself to the reinterpretation of other genres and classics. It’s no surprise considering that reinterpretation has been a cornerstone of hip hop production since the beginning, when loops and breaks were getting chopped up. Today though the new generation of producers are taking things further thanks in no small part to the internet and modern technology allowing people to link together regardless of distance and make use of a wealth of recorded music.

With this in mind, it was a surprise to see something pop up on twitter yesterday about a bunch of producers, including L.A’s Ras G, having released a mix of reinterpretations of Sun Ra. The surprise quickly turned to pleasure when I started listening to it. There isn’t a wealth of information about it, beyond a tracklist, some art (one of which is used in this post) and a link to a myspace page for Re:source who seem to be the mastermind behind this effort. Looking at the tracklist it features quite a few known names to us, such as the aforementioned Ras G, Powell from Paris, Elaquent from Canada and Ichiro from Tokyo. Can’t say I’m too familiar with all the others though a few names ring a bell. See below for yourself.

As for the music, as I said it’s definitely worthy of your time and a keeper as far as I’m aware. It’s easy to see the inspiration that all the producers drew from, Sun Ra’s music, and yet they’ve all managed to come through with different takes, sounds, moods and atmospheres resulting in a 1h30 of instrumental goodness. Definitely a fitting tribute to an artist who I think would no doubt approve of such a project.

Looking on the myspace it seems the good people over at Monday Jazz are going to be airing this on their show, but in the meantime you can download it from the link below. Big thanks to @scaloni for the tip!

Download the mix here (via sendspace, zip file)

Alternative link:
Download the zip here

Electric Egypt the invisible spectrum
Ras_G jouful noise!!!
Space Monk hello sun ra
Afro Bluu all systems go
SoulJim sun ra beat
Ichiro mori
Movementss cosmos
Powell popcorn contact
Skipless sometimes the universe speech
Samon Kawamura antique black
Sauce travel
SK.ILL 5:49 in the a.m.
Blak Maul china gate
Space Monk majestic waves
Stevo into the sun
Sudan Life what i learned from le sony’r
Elaquent calling planet earth
The Billion Dollar Quartet sun ra project
Cozmos one for the sun
Infinite Potentials not like planet earth
SK.ILL graveyard planet
-G-R-A-D-E- summer in paris
Ravage Beats 2012 sun ra 2012 mix
Don Bo anhk
Blunted Monks lars vertoht de sun ra et
Samon Kawamura imagination
Soul Kid shine like the sun
SoulJim Moon Shoes
-G-R-A-D-E- bad character
Dank Grooves the final sun
Jomac sun rawness
The Samurai i am sun ra
Depakote one for the sun
Sun Ra space is the place (Live)

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