The Vinyl Factory has released the jazz, funk and afro-beat influenced soundtrack to Stan Douglas' 'Luanda-Kinshasa'. Part of The Infinite Mix exhibition, the video was shot like a documentary film on a replica set crafted to resemble Columbia Records’ legendary New York studio The Church.
According to The Vinyl Factory, "Stan Douglas’s Luanda-Kinshasa depicts a fictional 1970s jazz-funk band engaged in a seemingly endless real-time jam. The band’s music echoes the then-current confluence of American jazz, funk and Afrobeat – a musical fusion made possible, as the video’s title indirectly implies, by the emerging independence and rising profile of African nations.
As the camera appears to seamlessly circle around the studio, the sound mix highlights whichever musician it lingers on, enhancing the impression that we are watching a live performance. But the band’s improvisation is actually a construction: intricately remixed by Douglas in the editing room, it extends through over six hours of ‘alternate takes’ created by recombining various shots and accompanying sections of music. Conjuring a never-ending sequence of variations, Luanda-Kinshasa conjures a vision of culture as a potentially ‘infinite mix.’"
Pressed on double heavyweight vinyl, packaged in a gatefold sleeve with two printed inner sleeves which also features 'The Eye of the Trumpet' an essay by renowned German author and music journalist Diedrich Diederichsen.
Check out a short excerpt below.