The “Vein Melter” EP sees two acclaimed New York music makers, Jesse Fischer and Sly5thAve,joining forces to cover four tracks from Herbie Hancock’s seminal jazz funkalbum ‘Head Hunters’, paying homage to the contemporary, crowd-pleasing spirit of the originals and reframing these incredible pieces for the dance music fans of today. Snapped up for a limited (300) edition 12” vinyl and download release by Tru Thoughts, “Vein Melter” has already gained a strong seal of approval on both sides of the Atlantic, with early support from Gilles Peterson (BBC 6Music) as well as KCRW’s Jeremy Sole and Anthony Valadez, to add to worldwide blog buzz.
Jazz school alumnus Sly5thAve, whose prowess as a horn player and arranger has seen him tour with artists including Prince, Taylor Swift and Quantic, released his acclaimed debut album ‘Akuma’ last year and also leads his own live band The ClubCasa Chamber Orchestra. Multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer and computer science boffin Jesse Fischer has made a name for himself via production for artists across the jazz, hip hop and singer-songwriter scenes, as well as his own album projects and tours with pop artists including Laura Izibor, Ryan Shaw and Freddie Jackson.
“The original Head Hunters LP was one of those records that made me want to push further”, says Sly; “It came at a time when I was first discovering the world of improvised music and really got me excited about the different possibilities. It was in that spirit we re-imagined these songs in a more modern day context.”
Jesse elaborates on their seemingly bold decision to take on this classic work in their own style: “What really made Head Hunters special is that it represented a conscious decision for Herbie and the band to create music that was relevant to what regular people were listening and dancing to in 1973 (not just jazz critics or other musicians). So even though it may have been meaningful for us to cover those songs in an "authentic" way, I think it's more truly authentic for us to re-create the tunes in a way that reaches people today, in 2015.”
"Tasty and super funky! Serious head bobber; all over this!" — Anthony Valadez (KCRW)
"The fusion of soul, funk and jazz has never sounded so fresh." — Manchildblack
"An incredible futuristic interpretation of some classic jazz and soul tunes. A real pleasure to listen to, whether in the club or on my headphones. Salute." — Rich Medina
"Herbie Hancock's classic Head Hunters album just got respectfully and tastefully kicked 4 decades into the future. Beautiful arrangements, instrumentation and head-nodding beats — love it!" — Opolopo
“Transforming Herbie Hancock’s groovy syncopation into a modern synth-heavy dance tune." - Okayplayer
“This composition is totally fresh” – Potholes In My Blog