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Watermelon Man
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Re-edit / Rework Action Ltd 7" Release Funk, Soul With Jazzy Flava's

Yuki Kanesaka, the multi-instrumentalist/Producer who's been the Mastermind behind his monolog project recordings is back with the delicious uptempo cover of "Watermelon Man". He indulges us with star-studded features of Bill Summers, the percussionist of the Head Hunters and Curtis "Fitz" Williams, the musical director and keyboardist/saxophonist of Kool & the Gang. The backstory is, Yuki traveled all the way to Bill Summer's home studio on Valence Street, New Orleans to record Bill playing a variety of alluring percussive instruments. That includes playing Hindewhu, the style of singing/whistle-playing of Central Africa mixed with a Peruvian Pan flute Zampoña much like the infectious Head Hunters version. Other notable instrumentations include congas, and shekere and Bill's hand scratching used as a human shaker. Curtis Williams plays the lead soprano sax melody we all know and love, with some added clavinet that adds extra sugar to the watermelon funk. B side features a special drum break version called "Bill's Valence Street Jam", so you can really savor the mouthwatering groove of the Watermelon Man. Both tracks are performed, produced, mixed, and recorded by monolog aka Yuki Kanesaka.
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Watermelon Man
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There are three Monologs: 1: Monolog - a band from the Philippines 2: Monolog - Mads Lindgren aka monolog, a traveler in sound across the European continent. Danish, but resident in Berlin, and working intensely in the studio and on stage alongside working for Native Instruments. 3: Monolog - Monolog is a band formed by Leisure-B and the brothers Bas and Ramon Lookman. Originally coming from their hometown Bussum in the Netherlands Leisure and the Lookman bros go way back, so their musical endeavours already crossed paths many times in the past. It took up until may 2013 until they decided to work together. Leisure-B comes from a background of sound design, thus his sounds have a cinematic character and a dynamic flow, with influences ranging from triphop, to dub, drum ‘n bass, jazz and old school. Leisure B. has been making music with various people/bands in different configurations. Originally a bass player, Leisure is a gifted producer that uses the studio as his personal playground, where styles and/or influences don’t matter as long as the end result is a piece de resistance in the nowadays mass media controlled pop culture. Leisure is based in Germany and is an important musical backbone for the area he lives in and for the musicians he works with. The Lookman bros have been making music together since the age of 8 years old, Bas was playing the guitar while Ramon played the piano. It didn’t take long before they were kicked out of music lessons, originating from their problems with authority and started to teach each other how to play the piano and guitar, making them autodidact in almost everything they do in the musical landscape. They played in various bands and worked together with many musicians, but always found time to compose songs together, varying from alternative rock and pop, to triphop and cross-overs, resulting in music that still not has a label in modern music. Ramon his main contribution lies in the creative area and vocals and keys, where Bas his main contribution is rhythm and bass, guitars and overall composition. The roles of the members of Monolog are divers and different as they each have their own specialty. Leisure and Bas are in charge of sound, rhythm/bass and production value where Ramon usually is the creative coming up with the initial idea before running off to the next idea. If a good idea pops up, Bas and Leisure are normally the ones coming up with the know how and input to make it a real good song. Together they master all the musical elements essential for a high quality production. However they work with many musicians from different musical backgrounds making Monolog possible, ranging from guitar/bass and drum players, to percussionists, vocalists, violin/cello players and all the other musical elements needed to make Monolog possible. Monolog therefore is an ongoing creative collaboration, serving as a quality stamp for a mixture of styles thereby crossing the musical divide. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.