Today at work Matt was playing some Flying Lotus, and the track “Testament” came on, one of the few tracks on the album with vocals, in this case done by this dude named Gonjasufi. I love that song, and it reminded me of the lone Gonjasufi album that came out a little while later called A Sufi And A Killer which I also really love. Me and Matt talked for a little bit about him, and how we wish he had more music because he’s so cool, but he’s just got that one album so far. So I was thinking about all that and I was going to post up a song or a video or something of his in case y’all needed a reminder that this dude is really cool.
In the process, I learned something very surprising. Turns out his real name is Sumach Ecks (yeah, Ecks! Isn’t that crazy, Amber?) and he’s put out not one but FOUR albums under the name Sumach that I was completely unaware of. Another site said he also goes by Randy Johnson, but I wasn’t able to track down any recordings to back up that claim. I was able to get my hands on all those Sumach albums though, so I’ll be sifting through those over the next few days and hopefully I can post a couple of my favorites to you all so you can be part of this little exploration I’m on. Exciting!
I will go ahead and follow through on my original intention of posting up a few videos from A Sufi And A Killer though. Seems like he didn’t go to the trouble to get any official videos made (except for a couple little snippet preview video kinda things) but I was able to uncover a few pretty cool fan-made videos that are about as diverse in style as the music that goes with em. Hope you all enjoy, and stay tuned for part 2 where hopefully I will have discovered some beautiful lost gems from the Sumach catalog. Until then…
Gonjasufi – Duet
Gonjasufi – Holidays