More Than Posthuman – Rise of the Mojosexual Cotillion

Cover art for Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber: More Than Posthuman - Rise of the Mojosexual Cotillion
2006 : TruGROID

Our version of what R and B might sound like today if live bands hadn’t been derailed by sampling technology in the Black community somewhere around 1977.
We’ve got all the freeform raging horns and guitars of our previous albums only compositionally compressed into these groovevicious post-everythang song forms.


Notes

DISC 1

OTHER ARRANGEMENTS
Mommy whuts a mojosexual? Anyone who spends an entire summer listening only to a bootleg of Chaka Khan’s club hits.
Anybody in Burnt Sugar. Anybody from New Orleans now in 47 states trying to maintain. Katrina wasn’t even on the
radar when this song was written but the lyrics now seem strangely, strongly related. Not so much prophetic as anthemic
in that regard we hope.
VOCALS Jeremiah Griffin, Lisala Beatty, Justice Dilla-X GUITAR Rene Akan DRUMS Chris Eddleton VIOLIN
& STRING ARR. Mazz Swift PERCUSSION Satch Hoyt MPC2000 Napoleon Maddox ALTO Matana Roberts
RHYMES D-Maxx BASS Greg Tate PIANO Vijay Iyer SYNTH Bruce Mack WORDS&MUSIC Tate

GOD IS BLACK
‘Your rogue state, seen the residents, looking like cuz whose hair dont kink. His god is Black, his second lingo english,
so justice denied on the strength of that premise.’ Or from paddyrollers to the Patriot Act, it aint too good as my man
Mutabaruka sez, to stay in a whiteman’s country too long. Especially if you favor The Koran. BTW Rene gives Curtis
Mayfield and Ernie Isley a run for their money on this one right?
VOCALS Dilla-X GUITARS Akan, Tate BASS Jared Michael Nickerson AcBASS Jason Tobias DiMatteo DRUMS
Eddleton PIANO Myles Reilly FLUTE Satch Hoyt WORDS&MUSIC Tate

JULIETTE AND ROMEO
Kinda Aretha, kinda attempted infidelity. And Lisala’s voice, man, damn.
GUITARS Tate, Akan BASS Nickerson DRUMS Eddleton Elec-PIANO Iyer
FLUTE/PERCUSSION Hoyt TRUMPET Lewis Barnes Jr .TENOR Avram Fefer
WORDS&MUSIC Tate

NAOMI’S LULLABY
An enchanted song for Jared’s mom and niece where he and Matana get to
channeling–Bird, Jaco, Johnny Hartman, Carmen Macrae like that.
BASS/COMPOSITION Jared Michael Nickerson ALTO Matana Roberts

KUNGFUCIOUS
Love letter to a headstrong and schizophrenic mother of two. And another
reason songs were made to contain pain you can’t express in the real world.
D-Maxx ripping your heart out with those lyrix. And Lisala’s voice man, damn.
VOCALS Lisala RHYMES D-Maxx GUITARS Akan AcBASS Keith Witty DRUMS Trevor Holder
LYRICS Tate

ENJOY BEING VISIBLE
Most of there lyrics were stolen from a book of Zen affirmations. Somi we stole from her own sublimeproject.
VOCALS Somi GUITAR Tate PERCUSSION Hoyt ALTO Roberts WORDS&MUSIC Tate

THE BALLAD OF FEMA, KATRINA AND SATCHMO
Self explanatory and also written and recorded before the level 5 event. Yet nowhere near as didactic as it could have
been. The music Rene wrote a decade ago while meditating on the East River. Mazz just arbitrarily started
singing these lyrics the first time she heard the music in her headphones. ‘When you cry yourself a river don’t come crying
one to me.’ Mean & spooky.
VOCAL/LYRICS Mazz Swift GUITAR/MUSIC Rene Akan BASS DiMatteo DRUMS Qasim Naqvi ALTO Micah
Gaugh TUBA Jesse Dulman

AR KANDY(Blusher)
A tribute to A.R. Kane who like us believe its time for a fruitful conversation between Sun Ra and Morrisey.
VOCALS/LYRICS Dilla-X GUITARS Akan BASS/ DRUM PGM Tate DRUMS Eddleton

DISBANDED GYPSIES
For Jimi, Billy and Buddy and every girl who ever rocked your world.
VOCALS Jeremiah RHYMES Omega Moon BASS Tate GUITARS Akan DRUMS Eddleton MPC2000 Maddox
TENOR Fefer EFX VOC Dilla-X PIANO Iyer TRUMPET Barnes Jr.

THE FINAL DAZE
Once upon a time there was a band called Tar Mack. Once upon a time it
rehearsed in my living room. Then Micah added some alto and Carl Hancock Rux
read pages 44-45 from his novel Asphalt, the most abstract novel by a negro
since The System of Dante’s Hell.
Reading from his novel ‘ASPHALT’: Carl Hancock Rux EFX VOC Dilla-X CHANT D-Maxx GUITAR Akan
BASS Tate ALTO Gaugh

STEPHANIES MOOD RING
Micah’s lyrics and vocals. Bruce’s organ makes it almost more Ethiopian than Nyabinghi.
GUITAR Akan BASS/DRUM PGM Tate VOCAL&LYRICS Gaugh ALTO Roberts ORGAN Mack

DISC TWO

RISE UP REMIX
C’mon, It was practically begging to happen. Vijay displaying his disco song factory roots. For Real. Like some ol’ Brill
building type sheet, only West Coast. He heard that beat and fell into back in his Berkeley salad days.
VOCALS Jeremiah Griffin, Lisala Beatty, Justice Dilla-X GUITAR Rene Akan DRUMS Chris Eddleton VIOLIN
& STRING ARR. Mazz Swift PERCUSSION Satch Hoyt MPC2000 Napoleon Maddox ALTO Matana Roberts
RHYMES D-Maxx BASS Greg Tate PIANO Vijay Iyer SYNTH Bruce Mack WORDS&MUSIC Tate

SECOND PREMONITION
A Bruce Mack song but very rooted in a Myth-Science Arkestra tradition.
PIANO/SYNTH/COMPOSITION Bruce Mack BASS Nickerson AcBASS DiMatteo TRUMPET
Barnes Jr. ALTO Roberts TENOR Gaugh BARI-SAX Paula Henderson DRUMS Eddleton

SLEEP IS THE COUSIN OF DEF
Nas and Joe Henderson’s Power To The People kinda be on your mind sometimes. Beans rocks the mic.
TRUMPET Lewis Flip Barnes, trumpet VIOLIN Mazz Swift, violin, ALTO Matana Roberts TUBA Jesse Dulman
TENOR SAXOPHONE Petre Radu Scafaru Micah Gaugh ARCO BASS Jason Di Matteo DRUMS Qasim Naqvi
and Chris Eddleton, drums, Rene Akan, guitar, FENDER RHODES Vijay Iyer, piano, MPC 2000 Napoleon Maddox,
FENDER BASS Greg Tate.

GENTRIFICATION
Once upon a time Duke Ellington wrote a song called Harlem Air Shaft. Once upon a time called now Greg Tate writes
a song about the shafting of Harlem’s air property rights and the prospect of a Harlem intifada. Mikel Banks rocks the
hook and Justice Dilla-X improvises his own brand of Lovers Rock.
MILITANT VOCALS Banks CROONER VOCALS/LYRICS Dilla-X DRUMS Eddleton GUITAR Akan BASS/
DRUM PGM/MILITANT LYRICS Tate

WRETCHED OF THE EARTH PAGE 88
Only Rene Akan would set a page out of Fanon and a poem about a slave revolt by Aime Cesiare to black death metal.
Only Micah could render it so fey. Thank our newest edition on the MPC 2000 Napoleon Maddox for the Ladysmith
Black Mambazoesque bric-o-lage.
COMPOSITION/GUITARS Akan VOCALS/LYRICS (adapted from a poem by Aime Cesaire) Micah Gaugh
BASS Nickerson DRUMS Meret Koehler MPC2000 Maddox

ENJOY BEING VISIBLE 2.0
Last summer I saw Akiba Solomon on a panel about Black women’s self- image and the fashion industry with Iman and
Karrine Superhead Steffens. The truth will shine.
VOCALS/NARRATIVE Akiba Solomon GUITAR Akan BASS Tate SYNTHBASS Eric Ronick GUITAR Kirk
Douglas DRUMS Koehler

GET A LIFE
Our nod to to RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough with the nomadic diva Imani Uzuri making her pain sound like your
golden asswhupping.
VOCALS Imani Uzuri GUITAR/COMPOSITION Tate DRUMS Banks BASS Nickerson LYRICS Tate&Uzuri

TO SLEEP WITH COMPLICATED WOMEN
Once there was a band called Women in Love and it rehearsed in my bedroom. Featuring the ubiquitous Mikel Banks,
last heard on drums on the previous cut.
VOCALS Mikel Banks GUITAR Tate WORDS&MUSIC Tate

EXHIBIT A
A fine, crusty and feisty etude by Rene Akan which musically pummels all betrayers of the revolution.
GUITAR/COMPOSITION Akan DRUMS Eddleton

BE4REAL
Yet another Jared original about what it feels like to be a woman minding her own business in Brooklyn. And man, can we
talk about Lisala’s voice!!
VOCALS Lisala BASS Nickerson DRUMS Deanthony Parks MPC2000 Maddox GUITAR Kirk Douglas IGNANT
FOOLISHNESS Mikel Banks & D-Maxx STREET NOISE Harlem U.S.A. WORDS&MUSIC Nickerson

SHE’S GOT QUESTIONS
A brief if funky commentary about sleeping with one eye open in the house of love. Because hot grits, +lye soap are
always an option and lorena bobbitt lives.
VOCALS Dilla-X DRUMS Eddleton BASS/DRUM PGM Tate TENOR Fefer GUITAR Akan

GOODYEAR RUBBER
In which Stefanie tells Carl about being 19 and married to a quite Nazi-ish Jewish sushi chef and Charlie Parker
afficionado in a Topanga Canyon nudist colony where said husband would one day attempt suicide via hiri-kiri. All
over a very funky episode Jared scripted for his bass and our horns to play like he Quincy Jones or some sheet.
BASS/COMPOSITION Nickerson DRUMS Eddleton TRUMPET Barnes Jr. ALTO Roberts
TENOR Gaugh GUITAR Thom Loubet BARROOM BANTER Carl Hancock Rux & Stefanie
Kelly.

CONDUCTION AND PRODUCTION Greg Tate
RECORDING Eric Ronick for Thinman Studios, DUMBO Brooklyn
MIXING Tate & Ronick
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Jared Michael Nickerson
MPC2000 Maddox WORDS&MUSIC Tate


Press

“Burnt Sugar, Greg Tate’s “23rd-century R&B” collective, has attracted to its ranks such pathbreaking jazz musicians as Vijay Iyer, Matana Roberts and Avram Fefer. The band’s sprawling, anarchic sensibility is best witnessed live, but this studio effort does them justice. The tracks veer from disco to death metal to noise and jazzy abstraction. If you would, imagine P-Funk forming a book club with Bad Brains, Curtis Mayfield and the Mothers of Invention to discuss the work of Frantz Fanon and Aimé Césaire.”
David R. Adler Jazztimes


Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Other Arrangements
  2. God is Black
  3. Juliette and Romeo
  4. Naomi’s Lullaby
  5. Kungfucious
  6. Enjoy Being Visible
  7. The Ballad of Fema, Katrina & Satchmo
  8. A R Kandy
  9. Disbanded Gypsies
  10. The Final Daze
  11. Stepanie’s Mood Ring

Disc 2

  1. Rise Up ( Remix )
  2. Second Premonition
  3. Be4Real
  4. She’s Got Questions
  5. Gentrification
  6. Wretched of The Earth
  7. Enjoy Being Visible 2.0
  8. Get A Life
  9. To Sleep With Complicated Women
  10. Exhibit A
  11. Sleep is the Cousin of Def
  12. Goodyear Rubber

Personnel

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