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Saturday, January 27, 2007

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE: Chomsky and Paul Murphy land at Iguana HQ

There is nothing like the prospect of a new CD to get us rushing over to the sorting office first thing in the morning. This morning we were up with the lark and over to Blackwood with our little card from the postman eager to hear the new Paul Murphy album, The Trip.

When we got there though, we had a bit of a surprise, it was not the anticipated CD but three books by Noam Chomsky, ‘The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many’, ‘What Uncle Sam Really Wants’ and ‘Secrets, Lies and Democracy’.. all part of a gift subscription to Red Pepper magazine bought for me by Secret Squirrel… all hail the Squirrel, she knows the way to a mans heart.

So there I was, sat back at HQ leafing through my new Chomskys, deciding which one to read first, and today’s post arrived.. and you guessed it, Paul Murphy landed.

I first came across Murphy through a mix that SAT put me on to on Beatonic site. When I heard that he had released an album of his own stuff I had to hunt it down, it was impossible to find in the shops but I eventually tracked it down through the net.

‘The Trip’ is a brilliant blend of jazzy soulful beats that sound straight outta the 60’s but with a hint of seasoning from around the world to bring it bang up to date to create a slice of acid jazz of the finest calibre. This has a nice organic feel to it and you would be forgiven for thinking it was put together by a full band, not a DJ/Producer, with minimal use of ‘proper’ instruments. It is a lot more laid back than we had expected, but that is no problem because after only a few plays this has already earned the status of being one of the coolest releases on the overflowing CD shelves here at Iguana HQ. SMOKING!

Me and Chomsky ready for a night of chilling to Paul Murphy


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