When Danger Mouse mashed together the music of the Beatles’ White Album and the lyrics of Jay-Z’s The Black Album to make the underground hit The Grey Album in 2004, rap and rock fans everywhere stood up and took notice. Now, two years later, jazz fans can experience the same type of genre-bending with The Deeper Soul Remix Project, an eclectic collection that mixes the African rhythms of percussionist Kahil El’Zabar (pictured) and his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble with the techno beats of various electronic artists such as Henrik Schwarz, IG Culture and Kemit Sources. The double-disc set will be released Aug. 1 by Deeper Soul Recordings.
The Deeper Soul Remix Project‘s seven tracks include one song by El’Zabar and three songs by the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, most of which are remixed twice-as a result, there are two versions of “Our Time Is Now,” by El’Zabar, and two versions of “Ancestral Song” and “Running in the Streets” by EHE. “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” a previously unreleased EHE track, is only remixed once. The second CD includes the originals of “Running in the Streets,” “Ancestral Song” and “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands”-all drastically different from the remixes on the first CD.