Thursday, July 28, 2016

New Rhoda Dakar Pledge Music Project: The LoTek Four, Volume 1

Rhoda Dakar!
As a follow-up to her incredible, fan-funded Rhoda Dakar Sings The Bodysnatchers album (read The Duff Guide to Ska review here), Rhoda Dakar (Bodysnatchers, The Special AKA) is recording a series of EPs (on vinyl and CD) that will be funded/released through Pledge Music. The first volume of this LoTek Four series will start to be recorded next week (!) and is planned for a December release.

Here's the concept behind the LoTek Four series, as well as info on Rhoda's all-star musical collaborators:

"Each volume of the LoTek Four series takes four beautifully crafted songs and strips them back to their essence.  From there, recorded in the very best of surroundings, different versions can be engineered, versioneered, if you will. It may be that a rocksteady version is favoured, or perhaps an almost acoustic rendering.

The songs draw on Rhoda’s rich and personal musical influences, with Volume I embracing a fantastic array of story tellers and versioneers that include David Bowie, The Slits, Dolly Parton, Aretha, Gram and Emmylou, and her father, famed Jazz musician and entrepreneur Rudy Evans aka André Dakar.

Alongside Rhoda Dakar on lead vocals, The LoTek Four, Vol I features Louis Vause and Paul Tadman (from Crunch aka the Nutty Boys/Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra), Lenny Bignell (Pama International, The Sidewalk Doctors), Mark Claydon (The Get Up), and saxophonist Terry Edwards (PJ Harvey, The Blockheads, Tom Waits, Madness, Spiritualized, Siouxsie, Nick Cave, and his old 2 Tone label mates The Higsons)."

You can support Rhoda Dakar's The LoTek Four, Vol I Pledge Music project here. (Being the music obsessive I am, I've already pledged for both the vinyl and CD versions of this EP!) As of this date, the project is 94% funded with 44 more days to go...

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