You’re already aware of how much I love $.99 Dreams, with their hybrid of spiritual cosmic jazz, grinding hip-hop beats, and murky analogue electronics. Scratching around for tracks on the web, some previous digital releases that will astound, the recent 12â€ vinyl release, and the fantastic 2010 album, it is now easier to get your ears around the $.99 Dreams sound, quickly following the release of 2010 with this digital only EP, Voyage To The Prehistoric Planet.
With this release, $.99 Dreams turn up their cosmic oscillators, like a mix of Malcom Catto, Sun Ra and the Silver Apples. â€œ2010â€ opens with a tribal exotic ambience, before â€œMeteoriteâ€ amazes with its contemporary analogue mayhem, not unlike some of dubstep’ emerging hybrid producers, and some blind siding rolling drums, very reminiscent of Malcom Catto drums, or the psych-funk drum programming of MRR-ADM, this dirty drum sound suiting the $.99 Dreams rhythm section perfectly. â€œ200 Million Miles Awayâ€ oozes Miles Davis electric period jazz, jamming with the Silver Apples on analogue oscillators. â€œSirius & Vegaâ€ lays down more hard hitting drums, crazed saxophone, and just as crazed distorted electronics, while â€œWaiting For Rainâ€ reminds me of electronic producer Move D’ electronic jazz experiments with proper jazz musicians. â€œThe Question Remainsâ€ ends the EP with a straight up beat, threatening to break into a Latin swagger, but never quite getting there, as gurgling electronic bass washes from the core.
It seems criminal to me that originality of this caliber seems to go unnoticed, with their renowned live shows of almost doom proportions, and a growing discography of truly original future jazz, sounding like nothing else out there. Get your copy from their bandcamp here, www.ninetyninecentdreams.com.