Inspiration Information Vol. 1
This Autumn brings the launch of a priority new series on Strut as the label takes a break from its schedule of funky compilations and moves into new studio recordings for the first time. Entitled Inspiration Information, the series brings together current artists and producers with their musical heroes for a mouth-watering one-off collaboration. The series kicks off with Detroit soul maverick Amp Fiddler in a head-to-head with reggae legends, Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare. The tracks are never predictable, at times echoing Sly & Robbie's '80s days with Island Records at Compass Point studios, at others structured around more mood-based keyboard pads and new patterns re-inventing the established dancehall template. Within the sessions, the trio honed both new compositions and covers, including a pertinent re-work of a George Clinton-era classic, 'Paint The White House Black' re-titled by Sly as 'Black House'. They also revisited select tracks from Amp's 'Waltz Of A Ghetto Fly' album from 2004, with Amp favourites like 'I believe In You' re-worked over a lilting reggae base. All album design inspired by some of the striking photography-led sleeves of the '70s on the Prestige and Blue Thumb labels. This album features images by leading US photographer Wonder Knack and is packaged in a deluxe digipak with a CD booklet documenting the sessions.