Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell

Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell


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It has certainly become de rigueur for modern musicians to name drop avant-garde musician Arthur Russell as a musical influence. The pioneering downtown artist's masterful and inspiring back catalog was once the preserve of musos and disco aficionados but here, on Yep Roc's tribute compilation, the likes of Jose Gonzalez, Hot Chip, Devendra Banhart, and more interpret Russell's wide and diverse oeuvre for the Red Hot Organization for AIDS and HIV awareness. Instead of taking inspiration from Russell's own ingenuity when it comes to songwriting and craft, most of the acts apply their trademark sounds to their chosen tracks without adding or enhancing the original version. There are some highlights, however, with Robyn's highly likeable version of Loose Joints' "Tell You," which injects the Swedish star's own personality into the track, matching the color and vibrancy of the original. Hot Chip apply their usual methodical approach to Dinosaur L's post-disco masterpiece "Go Bang" and turn it into a rigid, dancefloor-aimed number. Blood Orange and Peter Zummo (who once recorded with Russell) and Liam Finn keep things interesting with their takes on the songs "Is It All Over My Face & Tower of Meaning" and "This Love Is Crying," but overall the compilation, with all its good intentions, pales in comparison to the originals and will only strengthen the urge to hear Russell's wonderful songs again after listening to this well-meaning but flawed collection. ~ Aneet Nijjar

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2014
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457239128
catalogNumber: 2391

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Zummo   Trombone
Ernie Brooks   Bass
Christian Falk   Drums
Bill Ruyle   Hammered Dulcimer
Martin Jonsson   Guitar,Horn,Keyboards,Vocals
Liam Finn   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Elizabeth Warren   Violin,Viola
Colin Stetson   Bass Saxophone
Sam Amidon   Banjo,Vocals
Sarah Jones   Drums,Vocals
James McAlister   Percussion
Robert Östlund   Guitar
Shahzad Ismaily   Percussion,Drums
Matthew Ottignon   Saxophone
José González   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Tore Berglund   Saxophone
Richard Reed Parry   Vocals,Double Bass,Drones,Echo
Sarah Neufeld   Violin
Mats Äleklint   Trombone
Chris Vatalaro   Drums
Thao Nguyen   Guitar,Vocals
Rob Smoughton   Electric Guitar
Eric Kuhn   Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar
Dana Falconberry   Vocals
Rory O'Connor   Synthesizer,Guitar,Xylophone
Elroy Finn   Drums
Jason Slota   Drums
Bree Van Reyke   Percussion,Drums
Per "Rusktrask" Johansson   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
David Symes   Bass Guitar
Alexander Gow   Guitar,Vocals
Tyler Gibbons   Percussion,Acoustic Bass
Christoffer Berg   Synthesizer,Roland TR-808
Foon Yap   Violin
Oliver Straus   Horn Engineer
Alan Palomo   Vocals
Julia Joseph   Background Vocals
Alex Toth   Trumpet
Adam Dotson   Trombone
Annakalmia Traver   Vocals
Ian Hersey   Guitar
Little Scream   Vocals
Goran Kajfeš   Trumpet
Redding Hunter   Vocals
Erica Fink   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Carlin   Executive Producer
Christian Falk   Producer,Percussion Programming
Paul McKercher   Engineer
Liam Finn   Producer,Engineer
Paul Heck   Producer,Liner Notes
Glen Hansard   Engineer
Sufjan Stevens   Engineer
Claudius Mittendorfer   Vocal Engineer
Hot Chip   Arranger
Alexis Taylor   Engineer
Devendra Banhart   Producer
James McAlister   Programming
Mark Ralph   Engineer
Pat Sansone   Engineer
Ian Pellicci   Engineer
Scissor Sisters   Producer
Chris Griffin   Engineer
Richard Reed Parry   Engineer
Devonté Hynes   Producer,Engineer
Steven Lance Ledbetter   Producer
John Mark Lapham   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Rory O'Connor   Producer,drum sequencing
Helado Negro   Producer,Engineer
Chris Phelps   Cover Photo
Miles Wootton   Programming,Producer
Matthew Houck   Producer,Engineer
David Symes   Producer
Tyler Gibbons   Engineer
Cults   Producer,Engineer
Oliver Straus   Vocal Engineer
Alan Palomo   Engineer
Alex Toth   Arranger,Producer
Annakalmia Traver   Producer
Hans Bernhard   Vocal Engineer
Tom Lee   Liner Notes
Redding Hunter   Arranger,Engineer,Instrumentation
Dustin Reid   Producer,Liner Notes
D.M. Stith   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation

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