INDIE DANCE: KULA SHAKER / MONKEY MAFIA

There are times when you wonder why you bought a record. Back in’t last milennium it was often the only way to hear a record. I used to have a 4/5 hit rate. This is more of the 1/5 end. But not without redeeming qualities.

 

Kula Shaker were Crispian Mills (related to actor Sir John Mills in some way – I really can’t be bothered to check how), Jay Darlington, Alonzo Bevan and Paul Winter-Hart. For a short period in the late 1990s they raised adoration and antagonism in equal measure. Their “K” album, from which todays tracks are remixed was a huge success. But Crispian’s adoption of Indian imagery and faux religiosity created a huge backlash. Happily (for me at least) the success faded with successive albums and by 2000 they were no more.

 

Monkey Mafia’s brand of big-beat “Brit-hop-amyl-house” is similar to that of the Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, and artists associated with the Skint and Wall of Sound labels. The production arm of Essex-born DJ Jon Carter’s many club-related activities, the project began in 1995, following a string of tracks for Wall of Sound under the name Artery and coinciding with his residency at Heavenly’s influential anything-goes weekly, the Sunday Social.

 

From 1996 single “Govinda” – the Ten To Ten mix is the better of the two, losing much of the original to thudding beats:

 

Kula Shaker – Govinda (Monkey Mafia Pigsy’s Vision)

 

Kula Shaker – Govinda (Monkey Mafia Ten To Ten)

 

~ by acidted on April 26, 2009.

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