Harris mentioned this cd to me quite
a while ago so it was interesting to receive this pre release review copy
to have a listen to. I know there have been a multitude of people working
on it for a long time but I didn¹t quite realise how many people
had become involved in the project. The project was inspired by Lee¹s
long time friend and musician/producer Youth
who first planted the seed. The first session began (music session) in
a portobello area studio when Sean Williams (Process)
and Drezz of
Nervasystem got together as "The
Mystery School Players".
This ten track CD kicks off with Underground
Influences by the Drum Druids
with vocals from Lee, a reggae orientated chillin stylee track which moves
you into the album nice and smoothly.
Second up comes Chained by AN-UNNA-KI
which has another deep reggae feel with plenty of bass to de rydum but
the vocals are light and uplifting giving an almost airy feel which uplifts
Third up is Top Dub Special by the
BUSH CHEMISTS which is full on tripped
out reggae with all the musical sounds and effects for the humble stoner,
hope you like your bass.
Next we have Three Men in a Boat which
features Howard Marks, Lee
Harris and The Mystery School Players.
This one really made me laugh, you can tell these guys had a real ball
making this track, you can hear them trying to keep it real but failing
miserably and cracking up throughout the tune, had me in stitches listening
to Howard and Lee problem solving.
Now for a real change of pace from TRIPLICITY
and Rune to the Sea God Lir, this
is a real celtic style chillin track that immediately makes you think
of all things medieval and dare I say it Clannad like. Really nice track
brings you down to earth and straightens you right up making you feel
at one with the universe.
Alchemical Changes by LEE
HARRIS and THE MYSTERY SCHOOL PLAYERS
features Lee¹s distinctive voice backed by some cool trippy sounds
ready to make you trip out again.
Saudade (part II) by SHPONGLE
is a real chill out tune featuring some excellent flute work, chilled
me right out and made me really listen, thought I¹d put a Tim Wheater
cd in by mistake, real relaxing stuff.
Prankst*r from NERVASYSTEM
and AETHER starts to take you right back
up there and has a dancy flava to it which gets you kickin. Quantum
Soup by TRANSPARENT tells
you about the "portabello triangle"
and a dancy beat based track to get you up an movin about, definitely
not a tune to sit down to.
Blessed Be - all the pain will set u free,
as soon as this track started it started to remind me of Steve Hillage
but then seemed to take on an eighties theme with Hillage in the background,
some clever mixing with Lee¹s voice giving it some throughout this
All in all a good cd that¹s definitely worth a listen to both chill
and dance to.