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The beat generation interprets Sun Ra | Rhythm Incursions

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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  • http://sonicrouter.blogspot.com sonic_rootah

    sendspace has buckled today.
    mirror linkie?

  • Laurent

    Just published it mate.

  • http://myspace.com/donbo1 Don Bo

    To be apart of this project was one of the most challagin’ but @ the sametime cool to be compiled with..

    Sun Ra had a very unique kind of style that everyone includin’ myself can really apreciated, respected and LOVE..

    That’s what I called FEELIN’ THE SOUL OF THE SUN…


  • Dank Grooves

    big ups to Rhythm Incursions! this was a pleasure to be a part of.

  • http://www.myspace.com/spacemonk1 Space Monk

    This is a great article big ups to rhythm incursions. It was a great honor for me to contribute my beat For Mr. Sun Ra. I look at him and his great creative work, as i do this beat generation with so much expression through music, yet so many people are either unaware what is going on, or just not on the same vibration to be able to understand it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/ravagebeats2012 Ravage Beats 2012

    No words can adequately describe the importance and relevance of this man’s body of work…glad to share my humble-lil sound to the project…Ras-pect to all the contributors, i am a fan of ALL of your shit…extra shout to re:source (lefreaque to the second power!)

    selah, 2012!!!

  • http://myspace.com/cozmosworldwide Cozmos

    Thanks to RHYTHM INCURSIONS!! It was HUGE to be a part of this collective! It was basically like Sun Ra himself had okayed/allowed this lofty yet spontaneous project to take shape. Thanks to Sun Ra himself for continuing to inspire minds and provoke the thoughts, creativity, and emotions which his music brings to light. Thanks to RE:SOURCE for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of this. Incredible job on the mix! To all listeners and enthusiasts, enjoy my contribution along with ALL others.

    Peace and creativity, COZMOS

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/INFINITEPOTENTIALS I.P………………………………………….


  • http://www.everythingbutthetux.comandwww.myspace.com/onyxqueen Renee…The Onyxqueen

    This is an absolutely WONDERFUL project that I watched my husband, (Sudan Life) toil over for several weeks. He and the rest of the producers really put their heart and soul into this and I am proud of everyone that was a part of it!


    ~Renee…The Onyxqueen

  • http://www.myspace.com DEPAKOTE

    It was a honor for me to be on this album with so many talented people.

    We all connected from the heart for this album

  • http://www.myspace.com/saucehiphop Sauce

    Super classy beats, mix and write up. Re:source thanks for the opportunity to allow the Sun Ra fans to rework classic works. I think we all feel honored that you gave us this chance. and rhythm-incursion… big ups. lets keep it movin.

  • http://www.myspace.com/onyxqueen Renee…The Onyxqueen

    Just listened to it AGAIN! Just AMAZING!!!


    ~Renee…The Onyxqueen

  • Laurent

    Whoa thanks the comments guys, and thank you all for the music!

  • http://www.myspace.com/depakote DEPAKOTE

    It was a honor for me to be on this album with so many talented people.

    We all connected from the heart for this album!

  • http://www.myspace.com/elaquenthiphop Elaquent

    I’m known?! Wow, this internet thingy aint too shabby..

    Peace to all the beatmakers on the mix, and to re:source for the invite..
    Dope write up too, ill site.

    One love,

  • http://www.reachmail.net/ Email Marketing Solutions

    love sun ra, this is a great post, i love the video, thanks.

  • http://www.benchmarkemail.com/email-marketing email marketing solutions

    Great tracklist! Love the vid. Great stuff.