Slouching Towards Babylon: Part I

by Comandante Zero

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'Slouching Towards Babylon: Part I' was recorded between summer 2009 and early 2010. The goal for this record was to create a record with the heavy, live grooves of 70's rhythm sections which did not have the modern options of quantization, and yet to have a modern electro sound. All tracks were recorded completely live in the studio, using a 70's Neve console and 70's amps. We were assisted by Russell Graham who currently plays keys and guitar for Chic. All the subsequent sounds were then designed at our studio in Brooklyn and also recorded live. We used no midi at all for this record. We could have never done it without Russell's incredible musical and production skills

We had the help of some additional great singers and musicians as well. Vocals on 'Give It Up (Receive And Transmit)' were done by Yolanda Wyns and Terelle Tipton with scratching done by DJ Scandales. On 'Sudden Entropy' we had John James and Andricka Hall doing the backgrounds. Andee Blacksugar helped us with guitar on 'Love Will Stay In Motion'.

The record was partially mixed and mastered by Bob Power here in New York City. We choose Bob because of his legendary work with Meshell Ndegeocello, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest and Ozomatli and were really flattered when he agreed to work with us. Sudden Entropy was mixed by Tyler Wood, who plays with our friends Glass Ghost and produced and mixed their first excellent record.

Finally, the art was created by our friend Arthur Kremer of Dear Comrade, based on texture of flowers in the greenhouse of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

Bob once said that making records is like making sausage: you really don't want to know what goes into them. This one took a year and a half and will be completed in June 2011 (Part II will be released then). In the meantime, we played countless gigs here in Brooklyn from underground loft shows to corporate functions in order to raise funds for it. We had our friends and fans donate toward the production costs. It still ended up taking way longer than we envisioned. Russell toured the world with Roberta Flack and Ray Chew And The Crew (The Apollo House Band) and Ken spent 5 months traveling mostly through the Middle East with a State Department funded hip hop project.

So, finally it's done and we hope you enjoy it...

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released January 18, 2011

CZ is:

Dan Freeman (Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, Production)
Ken White (Drums, Percussion, Production)
0h10M1ke (Visuals)

Additional Personnel:

Russell Graham (Keyboards, Guitars, Production)
Yolanda Wyns (Backing Vocals - Give It Up)
Terrelle Tipton (Backing Vocals - Give It Up)
DJ Scandales (Turntables - Give It Up)
John James (Backing Vocals - Sudden Entropy)
Andricka Hall (Backing Vocals - Sudden Entropy)
Andee Blacksugar (Guitar - Love Will Stay In Motion)

Mastering by Bob Power

Mix Engineers:
Bob Power - Give It Up (Receive And Transmit)
Tyler Wood - Sudden Entropy (No Connection)
Ken White - Love Will Stay In Motion
Dan Freeman - Wake Up In New York


All Tracks Produced by Russell Graham, Dan Freeman and Ken White
Recording Engineer: Matt Boynton
Recording Producer: David Siskovic

Art and Design: Arthur Kremer

Drums, Bass and Guitars recorded at Vacation Island Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Vocals and Keys recorded at Red Queen Studios, Pomona, NY
All sounds for Wake Up In New York produced from a Sadowsky bass guitar

A Special thanks to 0h10M1ke our artistic collaborator and muse.

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Track Name: Give It Up (Receive And Transmit)
Give It Up

A Revelation: There is no more doubt
A Revelation: The people are coming out
A Revelation: There's a license for love
A Revelation: Groove comes from above

Break it down. yeah, that's OK
I say, go baby go, yeah that's OK
I say, dance baby dance, yeah that's OK
I say go baby go yeah that's OK

You've got to give it up
If it's gonna take you higher

I remember when: It used to fall apart
I remember hearing: of the island in your heart
A sweet sensation, it's like you're in love
Pure, pure jubilation, the Groove comes from above

Pre-Chorus

Chorus

There is nothing to say
Receive and transmit
Just let it play

Break it down. yeah, that's OK
I say, go baby go, yeah that's OK
I say, dance baby dance, yeah that's OK
I say go baby go yeah that's OK

You've got to give it up
If it's gonna take you higher
Track Name: Sudden Entropy (No Connection)
Give me vampires
Give me World War III
Give me revelation
Sudden Entropy

Give me porn star
Give me certainty
There's surely no connection
Sudden Entropy

Give me a dialectic
That ends on Calvary
Give me Holy Rollers
Sudden Entropy

Give me Chaos Theory
Palpitating beat
Is this why you worry?
Sudden Entropy

No connection...
Entropy - the natural condition of the universe created by the name, the father the son and the Holy Ghost
There is nothing in this world that really matters
So let the urge command you....

Give me Chaos Theory
Palpitating beat
Is this why you worry?
Sudden Entropy

Let the urge command you
Take me home
Track Name: Love Will Stay In Motion (The Quay)
The Quay

Love, Love Love,
To treat me like you do
I gave you my surrender
Now it's up to you

Hey, Hey, Hey
Is this goodbye?
No more restorations
No more one more tries

I'd stay, stay awhile
But I can't stay with you

Love will stay in motion
Love will stay in motion
Love will stay in motion
As you lay me down

I saw the ship in the harbor
I saw the storm when it left the quay
Maybe this will be the answer
Maybe it will come today

I'll stay, stay awhile,
But I can't stay with you,

Love will stay in motion
Love will stay in motion
Love will stay in motion
As you lay me down