For my AAAC choice, I have gone with a Live Album by one of my favourite artists.
The Gaslamp Killer (William Benjamin Bensussen) is Los Angeles-based DJ and producer whose style ranges from psychedelia and world music to dubstep and left-field hip-hop. GLK’s left-field is LEFT-FIELD by any standard.
This Live Album is recorded in a single take at L.A.’s Mayan Theatre and captures GLK performing live with a 15 piece band comprised of some of that city’s most sought-after jazz musicians and Brainfeeder associate Computer Jay on keys.
When I say performing live, I really mean acting as a modern day conductor, using his iPad to interact wirelessly with the band.
The Album is a quirky, heady mix of dubbed-out psychedelia, space jazz, heavy funk, sampled Ethiopian beats and vocals, disembodied vocals, chamber music and scratch DJing that really builds to a crescendo with the 13 minute anthem ‘Keep it Simple Stupid’.
A very difficult Album to pigeon hole, always interesting, always something different going on, sometimes a bit challenging, always like nothing else.
I like it for its quirkiness and its inventive mix of breaks, beats, tempo’s and musical styles. Live is never a bad thing either
I’m sorry but I don’t have access to Tidal, so if somebody could oblige, I would be grateful.