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Mr. Confuse is a traveller between the styles. Collecting 14 tracks on his album Mr. Confuse takes us on an excursion from HipHop to Afro, Electro and Latin back to Funk. „Feel The Fire“ comes as an organic statement for the analogue link between HipHop and Funk as well as an authentic and up-to-date plea for the original brass arrangements in the Funk and Jazz music of the 70s.
As part of the producer team Breakout, Mr. Confuse was a household name in the Funk and HipHop community already in 2006. His idea to reinterpret Afrika Bambaataa’s „Planet Rock“ as a Funk tune and in a Jazz-Breaks version gained Breakout massive international attention.
Mr. Confuse decided to produce „Feel The Fire“ in a kind of style which is typical for HipHop: “I work sampler based. You look for parts of drum loops and other pieces in a record and build new music from it.” This concept is as exciting as it is hard work: „I will return to my Sampler with what the musicians played and often do a completely new cut. You may say that I use a musician as a sample library.“ Consequently recording „Feel The Fire“ took quite some time. In the end the complete album consists now of about 10000 samples. To finish an album like that it is a matter of sweat and tears ...“.
On „Feel The Fire“ you hear some of Hannover’s best musicians – Marc-Amadeus Figge, Martin “Margot” Gontarski (Spice), Lars Heindorf (Sugarhat), trombonist Matthias Brennecke and Hammond organ C3 player Hakan Türközü. Percussion comes courtesy of Lionel Berton from Paris, the vocalists are Emma Pujadas a.k.a. Lady Emz from Barcelona and Jazz singer Inna Vysotska.
So it comes as no surprise that Mr. Confuse can very clearly define his references and inspiration: „I draw my influences from HipHop and I want to work on something I can identify with. What I tried is to transfer the idea, better say the musical basis of HipHop, from the 90s back to today. So it was just natural for me that I tried to keep my sound dirty like it was in the 60s and 70s. My main idea by doing songs like “Planet Rock” or “Lookout Weekend” was to put the 80s back into 70s or 60s by using technology of the 90s – got it!?”
Release/catalogue number: CRBCLP-001
Release date: Jul 14, 2014