Like a midnight fisherman, Pedestrian tends to pull his sounds from the deep, rich, blue end of the spectrum. The English producer’s music reminds me of a quote from a documentary on the early ’90s Bristol scene, where a poignant narrator describes the “joyful melancholy” of bass driven music from the far northern hemisphere.
Unlike the joyful melancholy of introspective house party anthem, “Hoyle Road,” this edit of Pedestrian’s collaboration with childhood friend Jasperdrum features the incendiary shout of a rebel. The picture below was taken thirty years ago, but the booming echoes of Fela ‘Ransom’ Kuti were done justice in this mashup.
The adrenaline starts when Kuti clears his throat. Pedestrian pairs a rallying cry against a corrupt Nigerian government–“Zombie”–with the smooth, steady minor keys of an electric piano and surging pulses of bass. Like ice cubes for the firewater, Pedestrian and Jasperdrum give us a palatable dose of afrobeat while keeping their anchor firmly in the North Atlantic.
“Kalakuta” was a sincere nod to Fela on its own, but the “PEDit” makes it a must have for anyone trying to get their friends into West African beats without straying too far from the drum machine.
As a jumpy, playful guitar sample leads us to the dance circle, the track quickly becomes a threat when paired with Pedestrian’s masterful timing. It’s a smart edit, using only the most potent vocal bits of “Zombie” and “Kalakuta” to drive the percussion of wooden knocks and shakers forward. I’m getting lost in it again.
Kuti always did encourage a good trance.
Jasperdrum on SoundCloud