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The OHM Dedication Series is designed to allow some of our favourite DJs to share their love of a particular artist, producer or songwriter with you.
#4 is from Mr. Beatnick who is one of OHM's oldest friends, a man who was playing Paul White beats before our first 7" release in 2007. Mr. Beatnick has gone on to establish himself as one of the most interesting and talented producers working in hip hop, house music and more as his excellent recent 'Synthetes' EP for Don't Be Afraid demonstrated.
For his dedication he picked one of the musical giants of our world, and many other worlds besides: Sun Ra. Mr. Beatnick says:
"Struck by the enormity of the cosmic task at hand, I ended up with snapshots from a range of Ra's work. You have the ballads, the standards, the poetry and the freak-outs all balanced in harmony, just as it was in a typical Arkestra performance, darkness counterpointed with bursts of bright frenetic energy. A lot of focus is on the 70s, partly cause that was a prolific and funky time for the band, partly just cause it's my favourite period. I wish I could have made it 12 hours long and got in all the tracks I wanted to, and the mix wouldn't have been possible without Kirk DeGiorgio and Max Cole who put me on to a ton of these tracks, so this is dedicated to them with astral thanks. There are other worlds they have not told you of, that wish to speak to you."
Read his "The Essential Sun Ra" feature for FACT here: http://bit.ly/Qadsdz
Thanks once again to Emily Evans for the brilliant artwork.
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