Otherworldly hip-hop meets Shona rhythms, Congolese guitar ambiance and political resistance. Chimurenga Renaissance is a Seattle-based duo made up of Tendai Maraire and Hussein Kalonji. Tendai is one-half of the visionary hip-hop group Shabazz Palaces.
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Schnitzel 7" SRSN125524 4018939225537 4 Jun 12
1st of 3 limited edition 7"s.
"The group sounds terrific - great vocals and sound, lots of sixties atmosphere"
Rod Argent, The Zombies
"Emotional, funny, quirky, warm, sad, reflective, thoughtful and unique songs. Love the guitars and the vocal sincerity."
Dave Davies, The Kinks
On May 28th, The Moons release 'Double Vision Love', a fuzz-beat stomper and the first single to be taken from their upcoming album Fables Of History. Whipping up their own incandescent style of sunshine pop underpinned with a timeless British tunesmith sensibility, "Double Vision Love" will be available as a limited edition 7" and download and is backed by a dreamy reworking of a Moons live favorite, "English Summer".
Fables Of History, The Moons' second album, is due for release on September 3rd through Schnitzel Records. A 12-tracker that interweaves garage rock, glistening orchestrations, and infectious rhythms, Fables of History was produced by Edwyn Collins and Seb Lewsley and was recorded over three weeks at Edwyn's West Heath Yard studio in London.
Fronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Andy Crofts (usually to be found seated behind the Hammond organ in Paul Weller's band), the full Moons line-up is James Bagshaw on guitar, Ben Gordelier on drums, Thomas Van Heel on keyboards and Thomas Warmsley, bass guitar.
That all five members of The Moons also happen to be multi-instrumentalists offers limitless possibilities to their creative method; but most importantly, the band see upholding the tradition of classic British songwriting as their sacred duty, and draw upon Andy Crofts' wellspring of repertoire for their exquisitely fine-honed melodies. "A little hook just isn't enough," asserts Andy. "We look to our icons to craft the perfect song".
And speaking of icons, The Moons' can number many of them among their fans, including Rod Argent of the Zombies, Ian Brodie of the Lightning Seeds, Nick Power of The Coral, Dave Davies of the Kinks -- and of course The Modfather himself!