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The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble

Mutations EP

(Ad Noiseam; US: 27 Jan 2009; UK: Available as import)

Now known infamously for his hardcore jungle persona Bong-Ra, Jason Köhnen actually formed the Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble around the turn of the millennium along side an A/V schoolmate and drummer named Gideon Kiers. Originally a small project dedicated to the creation of new scores for existing, often classic silent films, the duo slowly blossomed into a sextet (and counting). A cellist, trombonist, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist singer all contributed to the collective’s eponymous debut, released by Mike “µ-Ziq” Paradinas’s highly influential Planet Mu in 2006.


With a significantly less focused Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation collaboration in between, Mutations adds a violinist to the mix while continuing their live improvisation based exploration of creepy post-rock, experimental jazz, and drone electronica. As great as the debut record was, everything about this EP teaser for the upcoming sophomore full-length on Ad Noiseam indicates it will be a superior product. The production is that much more spooky, rich, and atmospheric, and the song structure that much more purposeful and realized. It seems they have struck a perfect symmetry in the studio as a group, feeding off one another and performing cohesively. There is not a wasted moment to be heard. Mutations will slide its greasy fingers up your spine and linger there until you like it.

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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys, with a butt that won't quit.


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