01 Chicken Song - Elephant Castle WAV by NickHS published on 2011/10/22 10:43:37 +0000 Back when I had a label, I used to spend ages searching for music that I liked, but no-one else had done anything with in the UK. Not the most commercial way to run a business (and possibly one of the reasons I no longer have a label...) but it kept me happy. One of the labels I talked to often was Le Maquis from France - they put out some amazing tunes, hardly any of which ever caught the UK's imagination. Still can't work out why, not least because anyone I played their stuff to loved it almost as much as I did... ANYWAY I've just rediscovered a compilation CD they gave me, and I've decided to stick this tune up for people to check - it's called "Chicken Song" (even though it starts with howler monkey noises) and it's a great piece of chilled broken beat jazz lounge. Big atmospheric washy pads, cool organ riffs, cool as fuck guitar, sexy bassline, great syncopated drums and perc, and random film dialogue vocal samples, but as far as I can tell, no chicken; I ask you - what's not to love? I have no idea if Soundcloud will let this stay up (especially as I've made it public and downloadable) but if they do, I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you search out Le Maquis old releases (I think they're mostly rock now) there's some great stuff out there somewhere!