At long last, Melbourne duo Zanzibar-Chanel has released their debut EP in the form of Outback Jack Tracks. It’s available as a limited run CD-R (which is very close to selling out) and digitally, and comes via Ruff Records. If you’re not familiar with some of their earlier tracks, the duo of “Zack” and Luis-Crans Lawrence (Baba-X) produce a familiar brand of house, but with vocals that tend to season the whole operation with a strong whiff of (maybe unintentional) irony. Last time I posted about this band I was warned by some serious person in the comment section “not to encourage them”. So sorry to that person, but I like this. Probably more words soon in the form of a proper review.
This new Zanzibar-Chanel clip features expensive pieces of analog musical equipment being crushed underfoot, and people looking pretty cool at a bedroom disco. ‘Feel My Power’ is a very suss-sounding house track that isn’t made any less… uh, suss-er for the frequent references to dungeons. But I guess that depends on your attitude towards dungeons.
Zanzibar-Chanel is the work of “Zac” and Luis-Crans Lawrence, who also produces under the name Baba-X. They’re actually playing in Sydney this weekend, at the Red Rattler on December 1 as part of Gaylordz – Gaylienz. There’s a new 12 inch coming through Ruff Records early next year. In the meantime, revel in the sordid glory of ‘Feel My Power’. The clip is directed by Liam Osborne, who is responsible for that Synthetic Texxxture stuff we posted about a while ago.
This is some very luxurious but faintly ominous deep house by Melbourne producer Baba-X. He has a new digital and cassette release called Sounds of the Concrete Forest Vol. 3, which runs the gamut between that ubiquitous variety of post-Dilla instrumental hip-hop and tracks like ‘Deeper Than Night’, which is embedded below. I prefer the latter, with its faint purplene glow and city-at-dusk smog haze. Don a pair of headphones and watch Akira with the sound down while listening to this.
Baba-X is the project of Luis Cran-Lawrence, who also performs/produces under the titles Pink Notes and Zanzibar Chanel. He’s part of that //This Thing// cabal, which also boasts Wooshie, Andras Fox and Thomas William among plenty of others. If you want the tape get cracking, because it’s limited to 50 copies.