Here’s some music trivia to end your week to. How many tracks could you name that were released in the 50s and had been reinvented in every decade since, by internationally-known artists from across the musical spectrum and to massive popular and critical acclaim? Nothing? Nah us neither, until the open track on Andras’ new record for Public Possession prompted some research.
‘Jin-go-lo-ba’ was originally released in 1959 by Nigerian percussionist Babatunde Olatunji. The Yoruban call and response (translated as “do not worry”), combined with raw, uninhibited drumming created what American DJ Francis Grasso described as a “rhythmically sensual” sound; one that inspired musicians and producers in every decade since its inception to put their own spin on it. Serge Gainsbourg was the first in 1964, followed by Santana in 1969, then Candido in 1979 where it became a Paradise Garage classic. This version was, in turn, remixed by Shep Pettibone in 1983 with a ‘Breakdown‘ that harks back to the track’s percussive origins better than any. In the 1992 it was Todd Terry‘s turn to remix Candido, then Fatboy Slim created his own cover in 2004.
Closing out the seventh decade with six months to spare is Melbourne polymath Andras, who opens up his Boom Boom EP with a version that differs again from all that came before. Most resembling the minimalism of Shep’s ‘Breakdown’ version, ‘Jingo’ is stripped back to the percussive core of its original, taking on the form of an esoteric DJ tool with the type idiosyncratic bursts that have come to define Andras’ work through multiple alter-egos. There’s little chance Olatunji could’ve foreseen the journey his creation would take in the 60 subsequent years, but for a track with as many different versions as this, Andras has done a fine job continuing its evolution with verve and ingenuity.
Boom Boom EP is out now – buy from Public Possession website and all good retailers.
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