Friday, March 20th, 2009 at 8:00 PM
4 years ago
Chin Chin makes 21st Century Soul Music.....
Although there is no lack of unrelated artists establishing kindred connections through music, there is something unique about the cohesion that kin are able to kindle on record. When brothers Torbitt Schwartz and Wilder Zoby formed Chin Chin nearly a decade ago, they were fulfilling an unacknowledged chemistry that had existed all along. Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, the family’s elders funneled the brothers through an assortment of lessons, rehearsals, and recitals before the boys were relocated to Brooklyn in the mid-’80s. Here, through radio programs curated by such legendary disc jockeys as Chuck Chillout and Red Alert, the brothers began linking the music of rap’s pioneers with the sample fodder from their family record collection.
Years later the brothers began playing the carnival circuit that flourished in Brooklyn’s artistically dilated Williamsburg area. Recruiting the highly regarded, Atlanta bred Jeremy Wilms, the brothers found a third, musical sibling. Their first residency at the legendarily defunct Stinger Club—described by Schwartz as “an insane asylum”—helped the band focus their freak beat frequencies, developing what would become their trademark attribute: the ability make people dance.
The group's second full length, "The Flashing, The Fancing" is scheduled for release on Definitive Jux Records in February, 2009. Featuring an impressive roster of side man and soloist with credits including TV On The Radio, Medeski Martin and Wood, Spoon, Antibalas, Sinead O'Connor, Blonde Redhead, Cibbo Matto, The Temptations, the Delfonics, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, etc., the LP is as sophisticated as it is fun and catchy. Moody, world weary love songs sit comfortably in between psychedelic synth freak-outs and dance floor bangers. Chin Chin aren't afraid to let listeners think a bit while they burn the disco out.