It's a family affair, because music is also in the blood of the brothers Adam and Jordan Chini. But first, back to the beginning, where it all began. The Chini family immigrated to the United States from Italy in the 1920s. Ed Chini, Adam and Jordan's grandfather, earned his living as a young boy playing accordion on Chicago radio stations. After the family moved to California, Ed, who became increasingly enthusiastic about jazz, became an accordionist in the band “The Four Sharps”. Ed's son Robert Chini followed in his father's footsteps, learning drums at an early age and later becoming a songwriter for Motown. In the 1970s, Robert had the same manager as Muhammad Ali and almost got his big break when he sent one of his songs to Quincy Jones, who was considered for Michael Jackson's Off The Wall sessions. Unfortunately, the song just barely made it into the selection. Out of several hundred songs submitted, it ended up between 10th and 15th place. It's a shame, but just over is over.
Adam was born in 1985 and got his first drum kit at the age of five. His younger brother Jordan was born six years later in 1991. Jordan also got his first instrument, a guitar, at the age of six. Since Robert Chini, the father of the two boys, had taken a job as an artist supervisor at Carvin Audio, there were regularly new home recording devices around the house to try out. From an early age, Jordan Chini was making crazy electronic music in his room, like the ones Aphex Twin and Autechre were making.
Despite the six-year age difference, Adam and Jordan have always been close and played in the same bands together. In the meantime they went their separate ways musically. Jordan Chini has become a multi-instrumentalist and music producer under the name “Boy Dude: Cassette For You“ released an album in which he fuses lo-fi songwriting and psychedelia with the aesthetics of experimental funk and soul.
Under his new alter ego “Count Dubula” (dubula = Zulu expression for shoot, fire) he published two months ago “The Rise of Count Dubbeehive(CQQL Records). It cannot be ruled out that Jordan recorded the album alone. Since he has always worked a lot with sound techniques, it can be assumed that Jordan disappeared into the studio armed with an array of guitars, basses, drum machines and vintage synthesizers and got to work. For me, “The Rise of Count Dubula” pure listening pleasure. Every song has its own melody, the keyboards waft long and wide through the air Dub-Effects are not exaggerated, the bass rolls slowly and sluggishly, but always with pressure. The keyboard sound is often a bit pompous, almost theatrical. It’s wonderful how the theremin wails in the track “Born Again”. Musically, the whole album also reminds me of Jack Arnold B-movies from the 50s (The Incredible Story of Mister C.; Terror Creeps Through the Night; Tarantula etc.). Here too, some of the cheapest effects are available, such as: B. in “Black Lung” a good morning cough from a chain smoker brand “Last Greetings from Davos” or a big cough after a hit from the hookah. But I like the whole concept as it is: entertaining, dubbig, fuzzy, emotional, trippy, dreamy, or... make up your mind.
In summary: “The Rise of Count Dubula” by Count Dubula is an American Dub-Reggae project from Los Angeles, California, created by music producer and composer Jordan Chini in traditional Dub-style was recorded, recorded and mixed. Using analog delay, spring reverb and a Big Knob filter, the recordings were sent through a Tascam 388 eight-channel mixer/tape machine and then mixed using an improvised approach. I really like the idea of the cassette cover. The album and layout were influenced by Jordan Chini digging up some of his father's (Robert Chini - former songwriter for Motown Records) recordings, i.e. a cassette, from the late 70s, which in turn inspired Jordan to experiment in a similar way. The result is impressive.