Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminescent Orchestrii

Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminescent Orchestrii

by Luminescent OrchestriiLuminescent Orchestrii




At first thought, an EP from the combined bands of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Luminescent Orchestrii seems somewhat implausible. The Chocolate Drops specialize in preserving the black Appalachian string band tradition they learned from mentor Joe Thompson, while the Orchestrii toss Gypsy music, Middle Eastern harmonies, hip-hop beats, and punk energy into a stylistic blender, and while they sound traditional at times, they aren't. No, these two bands would seem to be working opposite ends of the field, but the good news is that it all comes together wonderfully on this intriguing release. The two groups, who had long admired each other's music, met and informally played together in Memphis at the Alliance Folk Festival, and were soon recording together in New York, tackling versions of "Knockin'" (which originally appeared on the Lumii's Too Hot to Sleep release), Blu Cantrell's "Hit 'Em Up Style" (from the Drops' Genuine Negro Jig album), Sam Morgan's jazz piece "Short Dress Gal," and the rhythmic Lumii song "Escoutas (Diga Diga Diga)," all with human beatbox Adam Matta. The result is hardly some Frankenstein creation, but instead a fluid, energetic, and yes, even traditional-sounding set of gems that proves one can pull two different directions together into one without losing the strengths and passion of either.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2011
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597977998
catalogNumber: 526130

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luminescent Orchestrii   Primary Artist
Rima Fand   Fiddle,Vocals,Background Vocals
Adam Matta   Hand Clapping,Rap,Beat Box,Beatbox,Vocal Percussion
Sxip Shirey   Guitar
Sarah Alden   Fiddle,Vocals,Background Vocals
Benjy Fox Rosen   Bass,Vocals
Rhiannon Giddens   Banjo,Fiddle,Vocals
Dom Flemons   Vocals,Hand Clapping,4-String Banjo
Justin Robinson   Fiddle,Background Vocals,Beatbox

Technical Credits

Dallas Austin   Composer
Barry Martyn   Composer
Sam Morgan   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Rima Fand   Composer
Adam Matta   Composer,Lyricist
Joseph DeJarnette   Producer
Carolina Chocolate Drops   Producer
Luminescent Orchestrii   Composer,Producer
Sxip Shirey   Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes
Sarah Alden   Composer
Rhiannon Giddens   Composer,Lyricist
Dom Flemons   Composer,Lyricist

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