Boozoo Bajou

Dust My Broom

Format: CD, Download
Release Date World: Monday 22nd August 2005

After the world-wide success of their debut-album "Satta", Boozoo Bajou return with "Dust My Broom". Yes, the laidback feel of their sound reflects the eased-out attitude and pace, with which the Boozoo’s produce their music. Good things simply take time. In 2001, "Satta" was released. In 2005 "Dust My Broom" sees the light of day. No big deal for timeless music. Especially when this slow motion attitude yields such rich tracks as those heard on "Dust My Broom".
The term "Dust My Broom" is rooted in blues music. In the figurative sense, amongst others, this term means to "make a clean sweap" and the beginning of something new. An apt title for the second album by Boozoo Bajou, with which the two Nuremberg, Germany, based producers Peter Heider and Florian Sey-berth join !K7 Records after years of collaboration with label Stereo Deluxe. Besides the new label coop-eration, "Dust My Broom" most of all it’s the beginning of something new as it marks a fresh new chap-ter in the sound of Boozoo Bajou. There are more vocals, and the famous, trademark Boozoo laidback sound that has extended into a new interest in varying rhythms, musical styles and tempos. Evidently, during production, a broomstick rushed through the Boozoo sound aesthetic and eventually left behind a rejuvenated, refreshed sound. Consequently, "Dust My Broom" is not a simple extraction of the debut classic "Satta" but a big artistic step further that does not bow down to any fashionable bloomers. Yet at the same time, the classic Boozoo sound has remained. The atmosphere: Deep. The musical variety: Wide. The references: Multi layered. Boozoo Bajou convey the essence of various roots music styles to the surface and show their intrinsic affinity, no matter if it’s reggae, soul, blues, folk, jazz or original r n’b. The big bracket that combines the roots cultures with Boozoo Bajou is dub – that particular technique that emerged in the early seventies in Jamaica. A technique that cultivated the dissection and rearranging of music, which is now masterfully applied to the contemporary by Boozoo Bajou. Dub though is not re-strained to a slow musical tempo as "Dust My Broom" playfully illustrates. There’s the manic dancefloor burner "Killer" feat MC Top Cat, where racy jazz beats, ragga chants and a calypso piano clash together. Or there’s "Blast", a latinesque, skanking groove piece, where percussions are substituted by dub sounds.
But besides the tempo variations it’s the songs that illustrate that "Dust My Broom" indeed represents a new musical path. The opening track "Keep Going" starts with the deep Southern voice of country legend Tony Joe White, which Boozoo Bajou have repeatedly cited as one of their main musical influences. Track two, "Take It Slow" features the voice of U-Brown, another roots legend, this time from Kingston, Jamaica. U-Brown is one of JA’s most renowned voices, he was MC at "King Tubby’s Hometown Hi-Fi" sound system amongst others. On "Take It Slow" he mingles with Joe Dukie from New Zealand’s Fat Freddy’s Drop, one of the greatest soul reggae voices of the new millenium. A track that perfectly illus-trates the skills of Boozoo Bajou to create musical continuities between the past and the present. For the track "Way Down", the Boozoo’s engaged young blues singer Ben Weaver, who sings in a Tom Waits kind of style about the ups and downs of the music business. "Moanin"’ is sung by Berlin based blues singer Wayne Martin, who already appeared on the Boozoo Bajou song "Camioux", which was released in 2002. Last but not least "Treat Me", featuring soul crooner and the voice of Blaxploitation’s "Foxy Brown" Willie Hutch, who elegantly rounds up the cameos of a highly impressive list of guest vocalists that won-derfully contributed to "Dust My Broom".
In summary, the new style elements and vocal guest appearances that characterize the Boozoo Bajou sound of 2005 have added an exciting new color to the timeless sound of the German dub duo. Without a doubt, "Dust My Broom" can already be considered a classic and it’s a more than worthy follow up to "Satta". An album that will run on heavy rotation in many places coming autumn and winter. !K7 Re-cords is proud to release this masterpiece.