Tumi And Chinese Man The Journey on 2LP
A Musical Trip Hosted by Tumi and Shaped by Chinese Man!
Since their first collaboration in 2012 on the track "Tá bom," the MC Tumi and the Chinese Man trio were constantly crossing paths, either in studio or on stage. It was then, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the label in the beautiful Réunion island, and around a glass of rum and a cigar that the decision was made: their debut album, The Journey will be released in October 2015 and the trip is about to start...
For its production, the three "Chinese" disciples drew from the darkest record bins: Banjo method, 30's music, flutes from the Andes...the goal is rather simple: step out from the usual territory used by the sample addicts and get as far away as possible from hip-hop norm to then come back with new perspectives. Five of the titles were produced by Chinese Mab and one by LeYan and Tomapam. In parallel, six instrumental versions complete the album, including great contributions from Hugo Kant, Le Syndicat Du Chrome and Scratch Bandits Crew. Tumi's texts, in their turn oscillate permanently between mockery and bitterness. Behind the humor and punchlines, Tumi shares his vision of the musical world and his place in it.
In studio the group decided to foster a sense of urgency so as to preserve the rough and live energy at the heart of this adventure. The Journey was recorded in just six days, in the home of the Chinese Man, in Marseille. The BPMs are accelerated, the samples intertwined and the MCs' flows go back to the basics. Tumi and Chinese Man also chose to invite Taiwan MC for a feature and to bring forward the new guard of South African MCs with Khuli Chana and Youngsta CPT!