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"For all the voodoo mystique and sex-machine swagger he wields onstage, his songs brim with anxiety and humility," - Pitchfork King Khan, master of psychedelic R&B, used all of his magic to reunite one of his all time favourite bands "The Gris Gris" from Oakland, California to back him up on this long player.
Produced by Greg Ashley at his Creamery Studio which has since disappeared because of the unfortunate gentrification of Oakland.
This album shows a more singer/songwriter side to King Khan, while mixing in his classic garage punk swagger and many more subtle influences here and there.
You can taste alot of Stooges, screaming saxes in full Steve Mackay style, pounding pianos, some Bakersfield California Country swing, some haunting desert sunset vibes and most of all the classic rock n' soul that has become King Khan's genuine signature sound.
The resulting gumbo is as tasty as ever and even has the Oakland Taco King, Oscar "El Tacoban" Michel on Bass and legendary Oakland drummer for hire Garrett "with an A in the O" Goddard bashing the skins.
"We made this album in about one week, I got the Gris Gris to back me up and do a few shows in all the murder capitals of America.
In Chicago we even had Andre Williams come and join us on stage for a song... it was quite a trip, and then we holed up at the Creamery and put it all on to analog tape with Greg Ashley twiddlin his knob like there was no tomorrow.
It was a bitch slappin' good time and a tribute to how much love i have for Oakland and especially to all the good times we had at the Ghost town gallery and eating Big Poppa's burgers.
Oakland may never be the same, but it will always be in my heart!" - King Khan "Too Hard and Too Fast" and "It's Just Begun" were co-written by King Khan's little brother Dr.
Faiz A. Khan, who is usually helping Inuits in the frozen north with health problems or doing research on people suffering from AIDS and Tuberculosis.
His research has helped change the way hundreds of thousands of people get treated mostly in the third world and perhaps that is why he isn't allowed to share the spotlight.
"I'd like to give my little brother more props, since what he does to save lives is never given any importance, but now maybe cuz he exercised his songwriting here he can finally get celebrated for being the amazing human being that he is."