Saturday, May 29, 2010
KOOL KEITH + HOWLIN' WOLF + Q BERT = JAPAN!?!?
The last installation of (Diggin' Chicago) Windy City Crates featured a post on Howlin' Wolf's classic 'Spoonful'. Well sometimes the digging goes on right in our own house, and in our minds. The internet is great for random connections between seemingly unconnected artists. The Wolf post got me listening to a bunch of blues rock and made me remember a record I bought a long time ago by a group called Natural Calamity. They were a 'Trip Hop' group from Japan formed in the early 90s composed of Shunji Mori and Kuni Sugimoto, plus American singer Stephanie Heasley. 'On The Peach' features remixes from their 1997 album 'Peach Head' and has an ultra rare collaboration between the group and Kool Keith (?!) along with DJ Q Bert! Keith was fresh off the Dr. Octagon record and drops some of his most bizarre, blunted (and funny!), stream of consciousness lyrics. The song lifts Howlin' Wolf's signature "ooh wee" vocal as it lazily bumps over a blues-ed out beat complete with Q Bert scratches.
LISTEN: NATURAL CALAMITY (FEAT. KOOL KEITH) IN THE WEE WEE TIME