Jenova 7 & Eddie Shinn – A Cosmic Safari
It’s not often I get the funk and even less often I get the cosmic funk. But that’s what we have here with Jenova 7 and Eddie Shin. Their A Cosmic Safari on Cold Busted is all manner of loose-limbed cosmic funkiness. Definitely a walk on the trippy side.
Blurb: The Cold Busted label showcases their international bona fides with a collaborative album involving two producers separated by a half-world’s distance. From one side of the globe comes Jenova 7, known to friends as Michael J. Sirois, a multimedia artist from Boston and a member of trip-hop trio Wax Triptych (with Mononome and Mr. Moods). Then all the way over in Ulyanovsk, Russia is the young producer Eddie Shinn, author of the acclaimed Cold Busted debut The Plastic Jam as well as The Third Is Not Superfluous, his album in cahoots with Step. Now, A Cosmic Safari takes this international concept and launches it skyward … the album’s songs take place in an intergalactic sound-space. There’s “Flying Cabs”, which envisions a future that’s funky and bright, with hip hop beats, chiming Rhodes piano, squelchy synth lines, and trippy guitar riffs. A “Cosmic Girl” is encountered, loose and free, with an ’80s style rhythm embellished by cowbell percussion and floating melodies. “Intergalactic Noir” could signal a new eponymous genre, displaying a distinctive drum beat underneath funky flutes, cool keys, and the sound of space pals getting down. These are just three of A Cosmic Safari’s eleven tracks, and Jenova 7 & Eddie Shinn have delivered a full set that is out of this world.