Thrilling percussive manoeuvres by Burnt Friedman and his collaborators.
Jaki Liebezeit / Burnt Friedman / João Pais Filipe - Eurydike
This month the world lost Tony Allen, perhaps the most influential and inventive drummer that ever lived. One of the handful of people who could rival Allen for that title is Jaki Liebezeit, from the pioneering German outfit Can, who died in 2017. Burnt Friedman recorded and performed with Liebezeit for many years, and Eurydike features two tracks the pair made together in 2016, along with two Friedman made in collaboration with the Portuguese drummer João Pais Filipe.
The two João Pais Filipe collabs come first. On "Out Of Ape" there is spacious interplay between Filipe's feathery drumming and Friedman's twinkling electronics, while the complex percussion of "Fibres Of P" is offset by dramatic bass tones for nine gripping minutes. The tracks with Liebezeit are both as intricate and captivating as you'd expect, though "Eurydike" is the more transportive, a reminder why Liebezeit's rhythmic percussion is considered a precursor to modern dance music. Apparently these tracks were made during the pair's last-ever studio sessions together, which makes this a profound record as well as a mesmerising one.
Fri / 22
A1 Burnt Friedman & João Pais Filipe - Out Of Ape
A2 Burnt Friedman & João Pais Filipe - Fibres Of P
B1 Jaki Liebezeit & Burnt Friedman - Eurydike
B2 Jaki Liebezeit & Burnt Friedman - Star Wars