The first record from new London-based label Night Dreamer is from Afrobeat legend Seun Kuti who dropped into the studio with father Fela’s original backing band, Egypt 80 back in May, taking a break from a world tour. For every Night Dreamer session, the audio is cut live to acetate, without post production or overdubs, and like many of those studios of old, the lacquer is transported straight to the vinyl pressing plant to be galvanised. In the case of Night Dreamer, it is sent downstairs in the same building to Record Industry vinyl plant where it begins its transformation.
Seun and Egypt 80 took a day to acclimatise to the recording process, to sound check levels, and perform a few test cuts, with Seun a central figure throughout, orchestrating the band with the assurance of his father, Fela Kuti. Playing without the safety of multiple takes, Seun and Egypt 80 cut all four tracks (two per side) in a single take without rehearsal on the second day and starting the recordings just minutes after Seun walked into the studio yet with all the focus and relaxation of a band in the middle of a world tour.
Struggle Sounds - 7:25
Black Times - 10:34
Bad Man Lighter (BML) 8:46
Theory of Goat and Yam 7:27