Air (Abstract Orchestra Remix) [feat. MF DOOM]

A 1 track jazz rap/hip-hop single (3m 30s) — released May 3rd 2019 on ATA Records

Led by Saxophonist Rob Mitchell, Abstract Orchestra have been a consistent presence on the u.k. music scene, touring constantly in the promotion of their debut LP "Dilla" and follow up 45 "New Day feat. Illa J", steadily building a loyal and supportive fanbase. Inspired by the legendary live performances of The Roots with Jay-Z and the 40 piece orchestral arrangements by Miguel-Atwood Ferguson of the work of J Dilla, classic arranging techniques underpin modern loop-based structures, breathing new life into familiar material.

The band itself is based on the classic jazz big band instrumentation of saxes, trumpets, and trombones and features the cream of the north of England's jazz scene who collectively have played with Jamiroquai, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mark Ronson, Martha Reeves, John Legend & the Roots, Roots Manuva and Amy Winehouse.

"Madvillain Vol. 2" follows on from the 2018 release "Madvillain vol. 1" and further explores the jazz, TV soundtrack and film score aspect of the original work, combining it with classic big band writing and a focus on improvisation. As with vol 1. there is a strong influence of Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin and David Shire(Composer of the soundtrack to The Taking of Pelham 123) on the album, and the arranger Rob Mitchell crafts his own sound that inhabits the space between Madlib's production and Quincy Jones' writing.

As a bonus track to the album and presented as the lead single, Abstract reworks Dabrye's 'Air' and have included the original vocal of MF DOOM. Dabrye's original is heavily soaked in synths and drum machines, with an almost sci-fi, Blade Runner or Tron-esque sound . Mitchell explores this further and is influenced by Bob Brookmeyer's late work 'Electricity', which explores synths and jazz orchestration.

(Abstract Orchestra) Take on the classic hip-hop album madvillain and add freshness and color - Owan Standish-Hayes

I am all over this album. It’s endearing. Soulful. Makes you grin. Lots. - Ian Ward Uk Vibe

yessss this is fresh, jazz versions of Madvillain songs?!?! strong combo. - Alex Ruder KEXP, Seattle

Dope beats reworked beautifully. - Ennio Styles Stylin' 3RRR-FM/Worldwide FM/Heard and Felt/Spotify playlist


Cover records are 95% disasters and 5% genius. This one is the latter. 'Nuff Said!!! - Lexia Music Is My Sanctuary

Some cool melodic moments with some refreshingly vibrant vibes. - John Osborne Jazzfm

Oh yes! This is really good! - Ruth Fisher Jazzfm

This is awesome, Madvillain is one of my all time favorite albums, really well done and very nicely mixed as well, big up! - Mr Thing BBE

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