Underneath The Orange Tree kick off their Orange Tree Edits series with a beefed out re-rub of 2005 afro funk gem ‘Pembe’. If you enjoyed the first Lodger vinyl that Al Zanders put out, you will want to hear this earworm.
Upfront and infectious, ‘Pembe’ opens with a combo of bustling percussion anchored by an extremely satisfying kick. Everything gels so well in the intro that an additional drum version would be very welcome. Fela-esque guitars strut along to sporadic bursts of electric piano, with insistent claves, cowbells and an offbeat clap destined to create a few sore backs before the night is through.
Having grounded the groove, a full fat brass section takes centre stage and the low slung bass loop also gets a chance to shine. Call and response vocals lead the way towards a resplendent breakdown, where the horns unfold in their full glory.
This pair of edits were conjured up from selections on the Underneath The Orange Tree show on Dublin Digital Radio, which is on airing this Sunday for more quality musical excursions. Copies will be rolling out to stores throughout February, both Juno and Redeye are expecting release 13th Feb.