Thurs. Feb. 3: Random Recipe at Phog

Posted: February 3, 2011 by Windsor Zene in Live Performances, Previews
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Until very recently, I had no idea who Random Recipe were. But Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) usually doesn’t fail when it comes to bringing in some of Canada’s finest independent artists and history has proven that many of these bands who seem unrecognizable at the moment end up becoming huge national or international acts down the line (Tokyo Police Club, Holy Fuck, Great Lake Swimmers and Yukon Blonde are prime examples).

So after a little internet research, I was pleasantly surprised at what I read (and more importantly, heard) about Random Recipe. A potpourri of ethnicities (the band sites Italian, Quebecois, Louisiana and Chinese roots), this Montreal four-piece combines a myriad of influences, from world music to jazz, with vocal harmonies and freestyle rap, to create a joyous form of hip-pop that will surely have Phog’s intimate walls a-bouncing and it’s front windows a-steaming.

With artists like Janelle Monae bringing back true soul & R&B and integrating it with hip-hop beats and culture (thanks in many ways to Big Boi), as well as the influx of artists like MIA to the underground hip hop community, it has given hip hop room to breathe again and not take itself too seriously (like Jay-Z ) or not seriously enough (Ludacris) – it can bounce around the vibe of the music and provide the party again, without having to resort about smacking up “bitches”, showing off it’s bling or waving it’s gun around the room wondering who was going to lick it’s barrel.

Random Recipe seem to draw more from the Bedouin Soundclash meets Cibo Matto (with a hint of Erykah Badu) end of the spectrum more so than harder edged hip hop, but that is okay by me. Sometimes you just want to dance and have fun with music (wasn’t that the point in the first place?) and not have to sit at the bar and ponder the deeper meaning of it all. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Random Recipe are currently touring in support of their late 2010 release, Fold It! Mold It! – here’s the debut single, “Shipwreck”.

Opening the show will be the eclectic rock stylings of Alex Carruthers & The Rhythm Brothers, following their show at The Manchester the previous night.

Random Recipe with special guests Alex Carruthers & The Rhythm Brothers, Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West), Thursday February 3rd, 9pm

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