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JON KENNEDY: Free (2016)

Free Jon KennedyEarly material, unreleased material, too sample-heavy for commercial sale material, remix material (including works for EMI (Bob Marley & Barclay James Harvest), Olive, KRS One, Onyx and Jimi Hendrix and a trap-style, theme tune for ‘IVI Vision’) that never made it plus a twenty-five minute mix of stuff from the Jon Kennedy Federation musical catalogue- it’s all on Free – the latest album from Jon Kennedy. The initial third is packed with stoned instrumental grooves, the vocal tracks kicks in around the halfway mark and at the three quarter mark it becomes something of a sub-generic free-for-all as the beats get all newfangled.

Highlights include the sitar-tastic opener, Know Yourself, psychedelic follow-up Dummy Head Stereo, a trippy boom-bap remix of Bob Marley’s Mr Brown and, bizarrely a trap-ish theme for IVI. And if that news isn’t good enough – how about this? You can cop the lot on the man’s bandcamp page for nothing whatsoever!
(Out now on Jon Kennedy Federation)

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