Saturday, 2 July 2016

Jacob Collier's album is out

The much awaited first album of musical prodigy Jacob Collier is out. There has been some anticipation to see what he would do as his first major release.

Jacob Collier is described elsewhere in this blog, so if you don't know who he is, or what the fuzz is about, have a look here. He is still 21 years old as of this album release, and he is still doing all singing and playing himself.

The album has 11 tracks, mainly his own original songs, with Flintstones thrown into the mix. The album contains a mix of different styles; Jazz, A cappella, Groove, Folk, Triphop, Classical music, Brazilian music, Gospel, Soul and Improvisation. And more, fused into a unique Jacob Collier musical world view.

Track list: Woke up Today, In My Room, Hideaway, You and I (Stevie Wonder), Down the Line, Now and Then I Think About You, Saviour, Hajanga, Flintstones (Curtin/Barbera/Hanna), In the Real Early Morning, Don't You Know.

Collier also recorded the final track Don't you know with Snarky Puppy on their Family Dinner Volume 2 album back in February of 2015.

People used to clapping on one and three are advised to stay away. May also be difficult to process for people with dense chord phobias. You are hereby warned.

Available from almost everywhere. Go to to find out how/where to buy. Here is his Hajanga, a poly-rhythmic ode to life, with a nod to Metheny/Mays, among others.

Some reviews:

Friday, 12 February 2016

Messerschmitt KR200

I got one of these motorised beauties. A Messerschmitt KR200 microcar, a two-stroke motorcycle-based "car", made in 1957. Actually, this is my beauty:

Here is the introduction to the Messerschmitt KR200 on Wikipedia:
The Messerschmitt KR200, or Kabinenroller (Cabin Scooter), was a three-wheeled bubble car designed by the aircraft engineer Fritz Fend and produced in the factory of the German aircraft manufacturer Messerschmitt from 1955 to 1964. Messerschmitt, temporarily not allowed to manufacture aircraft, had turned its resources to producing other commodities. In 1952, Fend approached Messerschmitt with the idea of manufacturing small motor vehicles. These were based on his Fend Flitzer invalid carriage.
I hope at some stage to find time and energy to restore it to pristine condition. And to be politically incorrect, I actually would like to redo it in yellow, maybe with black "wings". By politically incorrect I am referring to the fact that restoring a classic vehicle should render it "like new", exactly like when it rolled out of the factory, including original colours.

But I like the thought of driving around town in a yellow and black wasp. We'll see.