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Pigeons aren’t necessarily the first birds that come to mind
when we think of funk, but that doesn’t mean these rats of the
street don’t know a stone-cold groove when they hear one.
San Francisco natives Sutekh (aka Seth Horvitz) and Kit
Clayton (aka Joshua Kit Clayton) aren’t the first producers
that come to mind when we think of funk either, but as
Pigeon Funk the veteran West Coast glitch kingpins have delivered an angular and crazed version of 23rd-century
funk from an ultra-robotic future. Get ready for The Largest Bird in the History of the Planet… Ever!
For those who are already familiar with the work of the two men involved, this new Pigeon Funk ep should come as
no surprise: the duo specialize in top-drawer, maximalist playfulness, angular funk with blocks of squirms, whistles,
horns, Latino squabbles, and faux-lounge robotics tripping over each other in a sonic playground that reveals new
dimensions with every listen. The Largest Bird in the History of the Planet… Ever! is a braindancer’s delight, well
within the label’s tradition of surrealist mindbending for the dancefloor. This 4-track voyage through the wild
imaginations of the West-Coast vanguard is a bible for serious beat manipulators hell bent on putting a smile on the
listener’s face.
This is no ordinary techno ep; we took from the album the 3 most funky tracks Bacchanale, Tufa and Blues for
Raymond and added Dave Aju’s remix of the track Bacchanale. As a result we have an impeccable 4 track record
of frothing personality. Mr Aju, who will be soon releasing is first full lenght album on Circus Company as made a
beautifully crafted remix entitled “Egyptian Loving remix”. It captures the melodic essence of the original but
twisted in a way that will make groove any Pharaoh in is sarcophagus in Egypt.
But Pigeon Funk is all pedigree. Kit Clayton, who owns the Orthlorng Musork label, has four albums to his name,
including the 1999 cult-classic Nek Sanalet on ~scape. He has recorded for Background, Mille Plateaux, Plug
Research, and Carpark among others over his decade-long career in computer music. Sutekh, who has spent the last
few years recording for the always-quality Soul Jazz and Leaf labels, is the producer behind full-length demented
techno monsters like 2000’s Periods.Make.Sense and 2002’s Incest Live, two gems that appeared on Force Inc. at the
height of the Frankfurt’s label’s heyday.
And they aren’t kidding when they claim this ep to be The Largest Bird in the Planet… Ever! Funk has yet to meet
the talons of a pigeon this big, and the outcome is bound to be messy, loud, and unprecedented!
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