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Review: Buddy Peace – Sons of Bitches



Prolific beatmaker, remixer and Strange Famous Records DJ, Buddy Peace releases new project Sons of Bitches this week. Aside from last year’s MC/producer album with Prolyphic, Buddy Peace’s productions occupy a strange hinterland of beat-tapes, remixes, megamixes and podcasts all characterised by understated funkiness and crazy attention to detail. With this, his Atoms For Peace ‘micromix’ and the recent Howling Wolf and Muddy Waters  project Buddy, Muddy and Wolf, Buddy has been defining a new genre in which he reworks entire albums into mixes or beat tapes using one album as source material.

Sons of Bitches and Ten Horn Core are reworkings of Miles davis’ seminal jazz albums Bitches Brew and On The Corner. With a feel not dissimilar to old Mo’Wax productions and some of the abrasive awkwardness of El-P’s beats, the two companion pieces strip down the originals into 4200 pieces (yes, really) and reassemble them into loping grooves and newly constructed melodies. Appropriately for something made from source material that signalled the start of the jazz-rock genre, Sons of Bitches fuses distinct genres into a cohesive and novel whole with its own internal logic. Clattery percussion balances the feel of the MPC with the original album’s three drummers while electric instrumentation bumps up against Davis’ horn parts.

Considering the 43 year gap between the two and the radically different technologies with which they were made, Bitches Brew and Sons of Bitches are surprisingly similar. Although produced with a boom-bap sensibility, this is not Premier looping up a jazz break- it’s an altogether more nuanced affair that, like all of Buddy Peace’s productions, rewards repeated listens with interesting flourishes and details.

Characteristic of Buddy Peace’s attention to detail, the double album comes in a run of only 25 handmade, sprayed, stamped and stickered CDs with artwork referencing the original albums’ cover designs. Also available as a download here.

Kieran Hadley

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