Black Sex Yall Liberation & Bloody Random Violets album cover
Black Sex Yall Liberation & Bloody Random Violets

Burnt Sugar


More than two hours of music spread across two CDs, this is Burnt Sugar’s most guitar-heavy (even metallic at times) release. The nods to their inspirations are explicit; they jam out on a 15-minute version of Miles Davis’s “Mtume” from Get Up With It, then transform Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln’s “Driva Man/Freedom Day” into a thrash jazz primal scream via drum ’n’ bass breaks and punk-blues guitar. Still later, their improv take on Stravinsky’s Rite Of Spring gets an illbient DJ remix, while the half-hour “No Direction Home” lays a mantra-like jazz melody (with stinging lead violin) over a boogie bass line.

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