It was inevitable: since their first collaboration in 2012 for the making of the track “TÃ¡ bom”, the MC and the trio were constantly having their paths crossed, either in studio or on stages. It was then, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the label in the beautiful RÃ©union island, and around a glass of rum and a cigar that the decision was made: The Journey will be release in October 2015 and the trip is about to start…
For its production, the three “Chinese” disciples will draw from the darkest record bins: Banjo method, 30’s music, flutes from the Andes… the goal rather is simple: step out from the usual territory used by the sample addicts and get as far away as possible from the hip-hop 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 music world and his place in it.
In studio the group decides to foster a sense of urgency so as to preserve a rough aspect and a live energy at the heart of this adventure. The Journey is recorded in six days, in the home of the Chinese Man, in Marseille. For this project, the BPM are accelerated, the samples intertwined and the MCs’ flows go back to the basics. Tumi and Chinese Man chose to invite Taiwan MC for featuring and to bring forward the new guard of South African MCs with Khuli Chana and Youngsta CPT!