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Analog Players Society – “Free”
Hurricane Season in Brooklyn
Analog Players Society has put together their first full-length album out on Studio Brooklyn. We featured their Singles Set back in February and now they’ve put together a strong debut release entitled Hurricane Season in Brooklyn, which blends their vintage sound with a contemporary edge. Led by producer, engineer and percussionist Amon, the Analog Players Society are a multifaceted group of session musicians capable of digging into dense grooves. With a strong interest in international music, Amon dropped out of the environmental education program at Hocking College to go on tour with Sxip Shirey, a multi-instrumentalist and circus musician. He studied African percussion for four years before he traveled to Guinea to study with the masters.
“I got interested in Turkish, West African and Middle Eastern music in college. I eventually studied with Famadou Konate, Mamady Keita and M’Bemba Bangora.” – Amon
The collective recorded Hurricane Season in Brooklyn at The Hook Studio in Red Hook, a well-equipped refuge for artists filled with a treasure trove of vintage gear. The band’s hearty mix of styles provide a variety of grooves for Amon to build into his arrangements. The reworked 80s classics, Shannon’s “Let The Music Play,” Wang Chung’s “Dancehall Days,” and No-Shooz’s “I Can’t Wait” (featuring Cecilia Stalin on vocals), are given new life with a retro dub twist. West African influences can be heard on the acid jazz tinged “Free” and the organ driven “The Hippie Don Know.” Pumping horns and a pulsing rhythm section give these tracks lots of depth. Listen to “Free” above and check out the album on bandcamp. Look for the 7″ vinyl single for “Hurricane in Brooklyn” on October 15th.