What?! This was produced in 2008? But it sounds like original
Seventies music! Well, yes – true – the instrumental recordings
of the orchestra and band are indeed from the Seventies. The Mufuti
Twins found some tapes in a pile of bulky waste ("sperrmuell")
on the pavement. And that’s where the quite unusual story of this
CD production begins.
Christopher Kochs and Markus Mehr, the Mufuti Twins, salvaged these
mysterious tapes and started rearranging the recordings in their
studio. Christopher Kochs wrote some lyrics and sang them in a perfect
crooner and entertainer’s voice and the Mufutis together added
percussion, guitar, backing vocals and harmonica – all newly
edited and remastered.
During the almost archeological and detective process of establishing
the legal rights of their “treasure”, the Mufutis got
in contact with two indisputable heroes of Seventies movie soundtracks
well-known to many Germans – Peter Thomas (“Space Patrol”,
“Edgar Wallace”) and Gerhard Heinz (“Schoolgirl
Report”). Both were thrilled by the Mufutis’ project
and provided them with some of their own compositions – to
be reused and treated in genuine “Mufuti style” as Peter
Thomas puts it.
The secret of the Mufuti Twins’ working method lies in the
stylistically confident choice of the music titles and also, undoubtedly,
in the fact that the Seventies sound of the original tapes with
their contemporary composition style were left untouched and therefore
safe from stylistic “adulteration”. The existing material
was carefully handled, developing it from instrumental soundtrack
to nonchalant entertainer-songs.
And the rich resource of the six-page digipak comes with the same
style and confidence.
The Mufuti Twins run up to Mufuti Four
Darrell Brogdon, The Retro Cocktail
Hour (Kansas Public Radio) [30.06.2008]: "I really
It's just like watching a 70s movie!"
a-guide [06/07 2008]: "15 Crooning-Hits"
Jazzthing: "Kochs sings in best, slightly romantic crooner manner to muggy music, taking a deep bow to swing, Burt Bacharach and Henri Mancini."
Stereo [Nr. 8/2008]: "The Mufuti
Twins beam us back in the 70s where happy feel good songs between
easy listening, softporn score and swing – in the original
sound! – await us! Great idea!"
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
[29.06.2008]: "...like Frank Sinatra’s illegitimate children..."
babysue [Sept. 08]: "...strangely
realistic Tom Jones-ish vocals. The idea works."