Pyramid Blue's brilliant full-length debut album on Lovemonk is a collection of Ethio-flavoured jazz numbers
in sweet balance with Latin and Cuban grooves, Afrobeat echoes and avant-Funk vibrations. All of this with the
psychedelic astral sound of the Pyramid.
Africa is the source, but also the jumping off point for sounds interacting with Soul, Jazz, Funk, Latin and other
herbs. Their earlier work on 7" vinyl released by Enlace Funk sold out in just a few weeks, and now we have
their long awaited debut recorded with the help of Soul Toasting Studio's analogue warmth. The same studio
where they recorded Oscar Martos' last adventure with the Afro Soul Toasting All Stars, an original group
whose coordinates fell near Afrobeat and who had a short but successful life on earth.
Oscar Martos' influences look out to space with Jazz, Afrobeat, Funk and Soul, where Ethiopia is the source of
scratching sounds that are enriched with Latin and Cuban music in a search to go even further. Mulatu
Astatke, Sun Ra and Joe Cuba are just some of Pyramid Blue's musical influences.
It's an album that reflects the energy of their live shows and where the power of nature's spirit seems to take
them to the next level. Tracks like Río Níger, Cocodrilos Acechando, Pajaritos and Judías Comen Habas are just
some examples of a repertoire filled with light, spirituality, and punch without forgetting their latin essence; as
in Las Flores and La Oportunidad and the forceful rhythm of Arachnid that marks a warm and robust beat like
the footprint of an elephant.
The pyramid is a symbol of union between the earthly and the spiritual, and it's that same idea that Pyramid
Blue's music seeks to embrace. As the Ethiopian proverb says, "When spiders weave together, they can catch a lion"