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Caliphs Tea Party

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It's a tricky thing, re-working a completely unique and peerless piece of music. It is made even trickier when the personality behind the original music is so vivid and otherworldly that it is almost sure to continue to cast's long shadow over whatever new form is chosen for it. It didn't hurt that Gonja had made fans out of quite a few incredibly talented artists. So, The Caliph's Tea Party was slowly summoned to life. Like the Caliphs of the Ummahs of the 7th century, orchestrating affairs from their palaces, Gonjasufi has assembled a collection of artists in his musical world and invited them to exchange ideas. In this spirit, the symbolic and musical centerpiece of the album, as well as its namesake, is the result of the mutual admiration formed between Gonjasufi and Broadcast and The Focus Group. A bewitching, drastic re-working of "DedNd" it takes the form of a suite of layered compositions and radiophonic transmissions. Elsewhere, reinterpretations from new talents shine while established artists continue to surprise. Mark Pritchard (Harmonic313, Africa Hitech) channels Ennio Morricone with epic orchestral dystopia on his remix of "Ancestors" while retaining the inherent gravity of Flying Lotus' original production. Young guns Shlomo and Jeremiah Jae eschew their labeling as "beatmakers" and tap into a fractured emotional core within "Change" and "Holidays", respectively, giving them new leases on life as subtly mechanized melancholia. Bibio smooths out the rough edges of "Candylane" for a remix indebted to the 1980's R&B leftfield, while Brooklyn's Bear In Heaven and Oneohtrix Point Never deal in heavy motorik meditations and ethereal musique concrete.


The Caliph’s Tea Party is a remix album of Gonjasufi's breakout, A Sufi and a Killer. Featuring Mark Pritchard, Bibio, Broadcast & the Focus Group, Bear in Heaven, and Shlohmo, among others, the list of contributors is impressive. Their aesthetic fits in with the left-field hip-hop styled by former producers (Mainframe, the Gaslamp Killer, and Flying Lotus) as they chop the dreadlocked L.A. yoga instructor/froggy vocalist's a cappella parts to the point that they're left even more detached and disoriented -- which is saying a lot, considering the state of the originals. These psychedelic beats rarely stick to the 4/4 formula, but as undanceable as they are, they are innovative, and it’s interesting to see just how whacked out these remix artists can be with proper motivation. Of course, The Caliph’s Tea Party doesn't match up to the source material, but it manages to push the envelope and take the visions of Gonjasufi to unique new places.

Additional Information

Artist Gonjasufi
Track Listing 1 Ancestors (Dreamtime) [Mark Prichard Remix] - 5:42 2 Candylane [Bibo Remix] - 5:42 3 Ageing [Dam Mantle Remix] - 4:14 4 The Caliph's Tea Party [Broadcast & the Focus Group "DedNd" Remix] - 5:22 5 Kobwebz [Jeremiah Jae Remix] - 3:09 6 Love of Reign [Bear In Heaven Remix] - 3:18 7 She's Gone [Oneohtrix Point Never Remix] - 3:28 8 Holidays [MRR Remix] - 2:26 9 Change [Shlomo Remix] - 4:47 10 My Only Friend [Hezus Remix] - 4:01 11 DedNd [Agdm Remix] - 3:29 12 SuzieQ [Dem Hunger Bowel Blood Remix] - 2:26

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