Darrin James - Bombs Away/Covert Mission Anthem single

Although Darrin James has given us just two tracks to sample here, these examples almost couldn't be more different. Opener, "Bombs Away," is a straight up anti-war song in the tradition of Fela Kuti. On it, James plays guitar and keyboards, and sings it in a scratchy, urgent voice. It's especially a rant against nuclear war, as Nagasaki is dropped in its lyrics.

"Cover Mission," on the other hand, couldn't contrast any greater. It is, instead, a meandering instrumental filled with free-jazzy horn parts, soulful electric guitar and funky, bumping bass.

Even though there are just two tracks here, it doesn't mean there is any shortage of music. "Bombs Away" clocks in at 6:40, while "Covert Mission Anthem" rambles on for a full 8:25.

This is really good stuff. It's not the sort of thing you'll ever hear on most commercial radio. Instead, it's the kind of music that sounds really good on public radio, instead. These are the kinds of sounds that must be stretched out and fully developed to have maximum impact. Darrin James has a fantastic thing going on, and these two tracks are a pair of perfect samples of his sound.

Darrin James - Bombs Away/Covert Mission Anthem single

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