Equipoise b/w Waves Of Infinite Harmony (featuring Sa-Ra & Madlib)
Released On: Jul 05, 2005
Released By: Ninja Tune
Record labels and press release writers tend to overuse words like "special" but sometimes only "special" will do. Dwight Trible is a legend on the quiet, a retrospective waiting to happen. Over a remarkable career, this Los Angeles native has worked with everyone from Bobby Hutcherson and Charles Lloyd to Harry Belafonte. He is the vocalist with the Pharaoh Sanders Quartet and is also the vocal director for the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, a Los Angeles institution with a history stretching back forty years and an active engagement in the city's Black community since the Watts Uprising.
A couple of years ago Carlos Niño (best known over here as one half of Ammon Contact) invited Trible onto his radio show and from there a friendship and musical journey began. Niño started speaking to the new luminaries of the LA scene about collaborating with Trible and before he knew it he had an LP which combined sixties-inspired avant garde/spiritual jazz with the hottest beats the city had to offer.
The lead track from the forthcoming LP ("Love Is The Answer" out July 05), "Equipoise" was produced by Sa-Ra Creative Partners, and few come hotter than them right now. Apparently being pursued for their signature by both Kanye West and Jay-Z, with the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Act of Year tucked under their belt and a recent remix for Roots Manuva currently causing tremors right around the world, everything they touch seems to turn to audio gold. "Equipoise" isn't going to change anyone's opinion, a squelching slab of eighties-styled funk re-tooled for the future and combined with a treated, dubbed out vocal which makes Trible sound like God on a telephone.
Who could match that? Well, if you must ask, it's Madlib, who collaborated with Niño and Daedelus (who has other tracks on the album), to create one of the trippiest, psyched-out lumps of hip hop soul you're ever likely to come across. "Waves of Infinite Harmony" is a big name to saddle a track with. This teaming has the strength to carry it.
The package is rounded out by the short but infinitely sweet "Rise," produced by and featuring additional vocals from Georgia-Anne Muldrow; (Platinum Pied Pipers and SA RA collaborator). And in case that isn't enough, "Otherworldly" is both exclusive to the single and an utterly hypnotic piece of music in its own right.
Now you just have to wait to hear the whole album...