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Black Joe Lewis

Electric Slave

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Most of the album was produced by GRAMMY award winner Stuart Sikes (White Stripes, Cat Power, Modest Mouse) and recorded at Church House Studios in Austin, TX. Three of the new tracks (Skulldiggin, Dar Es Salaam, My Blood Ain't Runnin' Right) were recorded and produced by John Congleton (Explosions in the Sky, St. Vincent, Okkervil River) at Elmwood Studios in Dallas.
Commenting about the new album s title and thematic elements, Joe himself said: Electric Slave is what people are today with their faces buried in their iPhones and the only way to hold a conversation is through text. The next step is to plug it in to your damned head. Nothing is up front anymore and people are de socializing.
The band have also just unveiled an upcoming North American tour supporting Electric Slave. The band will hit the road beginning in September, playing a number of shows along the east coast including a show at New York's Terminal 5 on September 26 with Okkervil River and Pickwick. Pickwick will support on a number of dates.


lack Joe Lewis' 2013 studio album, Electric Slave, picks up on the barebones blues and old-school R&B of his 2011 release, Scandalous. As with his previous releases, including his 2007 self-titled debut and 2009's Tell 'Em What Your Name Is, Lewis favors a shoot-from-the-hip, lo-fi brand of vintage soul. And while he still peppers his rock anthems with flourishes from an adept jazz-informed horn section, Electric Slave is his most primitive album to date. Lewis has always subscribed to the "shout on key" school of rock vocals, and Electric Slave finds him as bellicose and rowdy as ever, settling into a mix of Skip James' Southern drawl, James Brown's lustful rasp and Iggy Pop's snotty yawp. Often times, listening to Lewis hold court over his band's bombastic, fuzz-laden grooves, as on "My Blood Ain't Runnin' Right" and the mod rock inflected "Hipster," you often simply get the gist of what he's saying via grunts and half-enunciated proclamations. When you do finally catch on to what he's singing about, as on the ebullient lead-off single "Come to My Party," his mush-mouthed enthusiasm works to amp up your own inclinations to party down. Similarly engaging are Lewis' handful of delirious and mud-caked tunes, including the old-school rave-up "Young Girls," the slow groove "Make Dat Money," and the swirling, funk-infused "Golem." Ultimately, while neither a true blues musician, nor a neo-soul crooner, Black Joe Lewis is pure energy on Electric Slave.

Additional Information

Artist Black Joe Lewis
Track Listing 1 Skulldiggin - 2:58 2 Young Girls - 2:55 3 Dar Es Salaam - 4:10 4 My Blood Ain't Runnin' Right - 3:51 5 Guilty - 3:25 6 Come to My Party - 2:41 7 Vampire - 6:46 8 Make Dat Money - 5:46 9 The Hipster - 2:38 10 Golem - 3:27 11 Mammas Queen - 3:49

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