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Afro-electronique

by Mifune

Afro-electronique, music from the soul to the mind. A seamless intergration of Nigerian afrobeat, drum and bass rhythms, lush harmonies all put into memorable, hip shaking tunes.
Genre: World: African
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1. Supercrush
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2. The World
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3. Patsy Cline
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4. Don't Do All Your Talkin' to Me
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5. Storm Troopers
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6. Know What You Are
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7. I Don't Know What Love Is
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8. We Dream
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9. New Idea
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10. And the Morning Comes
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Q: What is Afro-Electronique?
A: The explosion of afro-beat, electronic texture, heavy groove, and polyrhythmic layers created by the dynamic 8-piece group Mifune.

Formed as a composers collective in 2004, Mifune started with a mission: Create great original music that is rewarding on multiple levels for both the group and the listeners. Not to just "play" the music but extract music from the soul and send it to the mind. A common need for deep musical expression brought members Cutty, Jacob, and Christine together. In late night sessions of exchanging ideas, playing and fleshing out musical whims in Jacob's studio, the trio realized that they had a rare opportunity to create something truly unique, truly quality, truly Mifune.

Upon listening one hears shades of the funk laden groove of afro-beat founder Fela Kuti, the electro-infused sexiness of Brazilian Girls and the catchy layering style of Stereolab (a group that Mifune was chosen to honor on the internationally released tribute “the politics of photosynthesis”.)

In a little over 2 years since their 2005 live debut, Mifune has captured the attention of
both local and regional fans and media alike, being mentioned and covered in such notable publications as Downbeat, The Stranger, and the Pittsburgh City Paper. In May 2006 Mifune conceived of and played host to Afro-Fest 2006. The very successful event marked the first time that a festival dedicated to Afro-Beat and world rhythms was held in the Cleveland area..

In Oct 2006 Mifune’s debut album “afro-electronique” was released to a very expectant and ever-growing fanbase. Continued touring in support of the album has spread the word further that music fans from across the board can find an element of Mifune that stirs their soul.

Here is what the press is saying:

The Beat Goes On Cleveland Scene May,24th 2006 "In execution, the sound is limber but light. While undoubtedly groove-driven, Mifune's tuneful melodies are buoyant enough to stay afloat within the churning rhythms. Christine offers a sultry vocal undercurrent, with a breathy alto reminiscent of Marianne Faithfull reigning over the bubbly Brazilian bounce of "Girl From Ipanema." The combination of effortless, bottom-heavy swing, afrobeat funk, and electro-pop exotica is infectious."


Mifune-"music is the wepon" pittsburgh city paper 7-6-06
Writer: JUSTIN HOPPER
When one considers the legacy of Afro-beats musical and political rebel, Fela Kuti, one and only one location links it all: Cleveland. All right, so maybe the heart of rock n roll isnt exactly the first place that comes to mind when discussing the funk- and jazz-crazed madmen of 70s Lagos. But in the rust-belt Afro-beat stakes, our neighbors down the road are doing considerably better than, say, the Browns. In May, the city welcomed Afro-Fest 2006, a gathering of a half-dozen of Americas finest Afro-beat bands, hosted and headlined by Clevelands own Mifune just a year old, but already making headlines in this tight-knit national scene. Guitarist and singer Jacob Fader and wife Christine (vocals, keyboards) began toying with the idea of Mifune in 2004, but with a very different plan in mind. The two of us and [keyboardist] Cutty originally were going to make film music along the lines of Stereolab, Ennio Morricone, says Fader. Cutty kept bringing more and more Fela records around, and the more I listened to this music the more infectious it got. Soon I had all this West African music, and was finding the correlations between that and James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic all the things Id listened to before. Just glance at its nine-piece horn-and-percussion heavy lineup and its an easy guess how thoroughly that Afro-beat obsession took over Mifune's assemblage without even hearing the relentless syncopation of Patsy Cline or the Fela-esque politics on Storm Troopers. But Fader is quick to point out that the bands initial intent still lingers strongly on its musical fringes. A lot of Afro groups thats their deal, says Fader, and theyre keeping a very powerful music alive, thats great. Its a prevailing theme in our music, but not exclusive. Morricone and Stereolab remains another theme Mifune has covered Stereolabs Infinity Girl for a tribute album, and when Mifunes debut album hits the stands this August, Fader says some of those cinematic elements will become apparent. But that wont change the bands approach to live performance, which remains that of its musical forefathers: Move the booty of the listener, and the rest, yea verily, shall follow. People who are aware of political and social climates sometimes get into this bubble, and think everyone else knows these things too, says Fader. But you cant just yell at people to be good. Its got to be beyond just rhetoric its got to be reciprocal. Our goal is to make people feel good, to open them up, and maybe some of that awareness can creep in.

sound/stage cleveland scene june 28th 2006
Mifune, "Patsy Cline" (myspace.com/mifunesound) This world-pop nine-piece blends the groovy, funk-tribal vibe of afrobeat with spacey, Stereolab-style ambient pop. The beat is as insistent as the melody, vibrating beneath the keys' and horns' shimmer and sway, while a "Girl From Ipanema"-style groove surfs over chanted vocals, conjuring a joyous island dance.

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Contact: Jacob Fader
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Lisa

It's in my head right now.
I can't stop listening to this cd. It's so full of life and great music its like nothing I've ever heard before. I love that it's so different yet gets so easily stuck in my head. I grew up with Christine, and I can't believe that voice comes out of such a little lady. She sounds so soulful and precise. She really does a great job. The band is awesome too! So many different instruments to listen to that come together so sweetly. Keep it alive, Mifune is too great to stop.
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Nicole


The CD is the BOMB!!! I just saw them for the first time live at Shooters this past Sunday and I tell you what,I never left my seat. The music was so beatiful, you can feel it go through you. I just bought the CD, and I listen to it non-stop. I commend all of you for putting out some of the most orginal music I've heard in a long time. I can tell this is something you all believe in. Keep up the good work. I appreciate it.
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Scene magazine Chris Parker

Brazilian rhythms, and spacey lounge vibe create a blissful pop confection
Mifuné blends disparate elements into an eclectic mélange of world music. Its debut bubbles with electronic textures reminiscent of Stereolab. The Cleveland eight-piece experiments with jazzy funk ("Don't Do All Your Talkin' to Me"), politically tinged Afrobeat ("Storm Troopers"), and soul-pop ("I Don't Know What Love Is"). Mifuné handles each well, but the album's best moments are when the sounds reach a balance, as on "Patsy Cline," whose infectious bounce, Brazilian rhythms, and spacey lounge vibe create a blissful pop confection. Frequent shifts in tempo and emphasis -- from bustling beats to hook-fueled melodies to jazzy excursions -- ensure a lot of inventive sound. Singer-keyboardist Christine Fader's soulful vocals are the icing on the cake
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Scene magazine Chris Parker

Brazilian rhythms, and spacey lounge vibe create a blissful pop confection
Mifuné blends disparate elements into an eclectic mélange of world music. Its debut bubbles with electronic textures reminiscent of Stereolab. The Cleveland eight-piece experiments with jazzy funk ("Don't Do All Your Talkin' to Me"), politically tinged Afrobeat ("Storm Troopers"), and soul-pop ("I Don't Know What Love Is"). Mifuné handles each well, but the album's best moments are when the sounds reach a balance, as on "Patsy Cline," whose infectious bounce, Brazilian rhythms, and spacey lounge vibe create a blissful pop confection. Frequent shifts in tempo and emphasis -- from bustling beats to hook-fueled melodies to jazzy excursions -- ensure a lot of inventive sound. Singer-keyboardist Christine Fader's soulful vocals are the icing on the cake
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Drew Rothman

A unique blend of ideas and sounds with serious groove appeal.
Named for the Japanese samurai actor Toshiro Mifuné, this new band out of Cleveland has created an ingenious blend of Worldbeat, soul, electronica and towering, Gibraltar-solid groove that will make you think and make you dance.

Their debut disc, 'Afro-Electronique' draws on a well rounded group of influences including Brazilian Girls and Stereolab, with nods to the Beach Boys, hip-hop, dub reggae, old-school R&B, ska and classic jazz. Drawing on the Afrobeat school, the band's lyrics take aim at abuses of power, human neglect, and the general state of the world. This is the revolutionary music of the 21st century.

Every track is grounded by the unstoppable rhythm section of drummer Jeremy Miller and bassist Corbett Hein, punched with the ultra-tight, Maceo-esque brass section of Skinny K, Jake Wynne and BJ Wischmeier. Keyboardist Cutty lays down some of the dirtiest Wurlie since Ray, and guitarist/bandleader Jake Fader adds popping Worldbeat textures while spitting his lyrics at the powers that be.

But some of the most shining moments on "Afro-Electronique" stream from the beatific pipes of singer/keyboardist Christine Fader, whose sultry vocalizations on standout tracks such as "I Don't Know What Love Is" and "Don't Do All Your Talking To Me" add an easy, soulful sparkle that smooths the edges of the often complex, fairly cerebral arrangements.

There are big things ahead for Mifuné... you'd do well to jump on their musical freedom train before it's speeding too fast to catch!
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Eric "e-squaz"

melodies, driving, music for your mind!
I am loving this! the horns are hot...so much happening and it all comes together in a serious groove. the vocals are beautiful on I Don't Know What Love Is and we dream. I love it. I't not Funch or Moon the Giant...it's is its own. Get more CDs in so I can hear the music in context!
Thanks guys...from Atlanta, GA! e-squaz
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Katy (Corby I'm your guitar student)

This Is Awesome!
If you think about it's really hard to write a song with all these different instruments and the lyrics mixed together and making the sound great! But Mifune does such a great job of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All of the people in Mifune are talented including Corby otherwise known as Corbett Hein! Corby not only plays the bass but the guitar,cello,and the other bass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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