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MP3 Comandante Zero - Slouching Towards Babylon: Part I

Dark, Brooklyn electro-funk fusing heavy, raw 70''s live funk grooves, a modern electro sound and apocalyptic Ian Curtis-esque baritone vocals. Part I of a 2 E.P. Set.

4 MP3 Songs in this album (12:59) !
Related styles: Electronic: Funk, Electronic: Disco, Featuring Bass

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Comandante Zero is a Brooklyn-based drum/bass/laptop duo consisting of bassist/producer Dan Freeman and hip hop drummer/producer Ken White who mix the heavy live groove of bygone dance bands like Chic, a modern electro sound and baritone Leonard Cohen-esque English and Spanish vocals. In 2008 they created a unique set fusing live grooves with laptops running Ableton Live and began a cutting-edge musical/visual collaboration with artist 0h10M1ke. They’ve shared the stage with acts including The Juan Maclean, The Brazilian Girls and Stellastarr*, performed in London and Berlin and were labeled one of the nation’s best unsigned bands by Music Connection magazine.

''Slouching Towards Babylon: Part I'' was recorded between summer 2009 and early 2010. The goal for this record was to create a record with the heavy, live grooves of 70''s rhythm sections which did not have the modern options of quantization, and yet to have a modern electro sound. All tracks were recorded completely live in the studio, using a 70''s Neve console and 70''s amps. We were assisted by Russell Graham who currently plays keys and guitar for Chic. All the subsequent sounds were then designed at our studio in Brooklyn and also recorded live. We used no midi at all for this record. We could have never done it without Russell''s incredible musical and production skills

We had the help of some additional great singers and musicians as well. Vocals on ''Give It Up (Receive And Transmit)'' were done by Yolanda Wyns and Terelle Tipton with scratching done by DJ Scandales. On ''Sudden Entropy'' we had John James and Andricka Hall doing the backgrounds. Andee Blacksugar helped us with guitar on ''Love Will Stay In Motion''.

The record was partially mixed and mastered by Bob Power here in New York City. We choose Bob because of his legendary work with Meshell Ndegeocello, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest and Ozomatli and were really flattered when he agreed to work with us. Sudden Entropy was mixed by Tyler Wood, who plays with our friends Glass Ghost and produced and mixed their first excellent record.

Finally, the art was created by our friend Arthur Kremer of Dear Comrade, based on texture of flowers in the greenhouse of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

Bob once said that making records is like making sausage: you really don''t want to know what goes into them. This one took a year and a half and will be completed in June 2011 (Part II will be released then). In the meantime, we played countless gigs here in Brooklyn from underground loft shows to corporate functions in order to raise funds for it. We had our friends and fans donate toward the production costs. It still ended up taking way longer than we envisioned. Russell toured the world with Roberta Flack and Ray Chew And The Crew (The Apollo House Band) and Ken spent 5 months traveling mostly through the Middle East with a State Department funded hip hop project.

So, finally it''s done and we hope you enjoy it...

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in the sands of the desert.

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

(W.B. Yeats: Slouching Towards Bethlehem)

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