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Mongrel music for a mongrel world

February 13, 2006


I wub Jahcoozi.

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This hype Berlin-based trio is made up of MC and singer Sasha Perera (London), bassman Oren Gerlitz (Tel Aviv) and Robot Koch (Berlin) on laptop and drums. From their My Space page: "Blip hop, ragga-tech, RnB punk, click pop illectronica? Pop? A Shakespeare’s Sister - Neptunes collabo?!!" Definitely a band of roughians to watch out for. 'Half Pure Breed Mongrel' [Ed. - Get off my back, dad!] comes as a surprise to me because I didn't know what to expect on first listen, my only previous experience being Sacha Perera's appearance on the Modeselektor album (on 'Silikon'). This new platter has some crazy fire on it that can clearly translate into big things on a live stage. While the beats are supremely dancefloor-friendly the 'tude is not for the pop-hearted. It reeks satire from the first track ('Black Barbie') which makes the album a blast to listen to. 'Asian Bride Magazine' is deffo a personal fav (how could it not be?) and had me grinning from ear to ear: "Thank you, L'Oréal, now there's products for us/Daily use gonna help us to pretend that we're high caste/ Bleach our skin, lighten our moustache."

Perera is Londoner of Sri Lankan origin and yes she does do the whole raggamuffin bit with her voice but the comparison to M.I.A. ends there. Unlike Mizz Maya ('Sunshowers' chorus anyone?), this lady can really sing. Though the Modeselektor track made it hard to avoid drawing similarities, with this album it becomes clear that Perera is in a league of her own when it comes to her wonderfully husky vocal capability. More like the other major 'M' in my life, Missy, in sound. Jahcoozi has made a great debut both in the full-length world and in my hungry ears (I know it came out last year, smartass).

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Run in and cop a listen on their My Space profile.

posted by Neha
4:26 PM

10 Comments:

Anonymous CeePee said...

Looks like you bastards had fun on Saturday, DAMMIT!

Ive got a Jahcoozi remix on that one Crosstown Rebels mix, ill hook ya up...

2/13/2006 05:37:00 PM  
Anonymous stu said...

hey, is the new blockhead anygood? i saw him live after music by cavelight and it was one of the best shows evah..

2/14/2006 07:14:00 AM  
Blogger Neha said...

hey stu, it's all about urban decay. very gritty and only a little different from 'cavelight', a bit more grave i think. the first track just smacks of dj shadow on a moody day and the rest carries in the same vein.

i'm highly jealous that you got a live peep! he's doing a dj set for the coldcut show in may here.

2/14/2006 09:42:00 AM  
Blogger Neha said...

ceepee, how was the rat?

2/14/2006 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous stura druggett said...

hi neha. i'm stu. i was just having a mood. does this mean you are highly jealous of me? i actually saw him at a dj shadow show couple years back and yes he was awesome. there was even a slide show. i still have some cavelight tracks on my mp3 player...

cool. please call me stu from now on, i think i prefer it. s

2/14/2006 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger Neha said...

haha, please keep fooling me into thinking you are someone else so i get to sounding all formal and akward. i'm even more jealous now bec. of the shadow factor. stu, i think the time has come for another session at the vic...

2/14/2006 02:39:00 PM  
Anonymous CeePee said...

Meh, Rat was ok, id get killed for saying that. It was good to see the fam and friends and o'course I ate retarded well, still feel like i missed out on a sweet sweet saturday night. Feh.
Gotta stop living for Saturdays, but they are sooooo sweet.

Footie
Drink
Womens
Couch
Yes


On the other hand my shoes came today and they are fucking amazing.
I cant wait till the rest of my ebay love comes, ladies better get ready. Be still your hearts.

2/14/2006 03:14:00 PM  
Anonymous stu magoo. said...

i like it when you talk to me formally and awkwardly. i like it when you call me stu.

i'm being honored at a gala for the best of the best by a large financial institution tomorrow, so that's out, and also as a result, i'll need to stay home tonight as it will take five hours to shave the hair off of my legs. nobody likes a monkey in a dress. ahhh, maybe the weekend? strange tings neha... by the way, you still haven't called me back from saturday!

ps- could you tell christian that nobody calls them ladies anymore. they're called "CHICKS". it's the nineteen nineties for chrissakes.

sheesh!

2/14/2006 07:01:00 PM  
Blogger Neha said...

you mean we're not being called DAMES anymore? stu, you're killing me, good luck on the function. i'll steal you on the weekend then. some brunch and booze. and THEN i'll call you back.

2/15/2006 09:29:00 AM  
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