Global Gathering 2 featuring Jurassic 5 with Mauro Picotto , Dave Clarke , Misstress Barbara , A-Track , Grouch , Greg Gow , Baby Anne , Seb Fontaine and others, at the Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), tonight (Thursday, June 30), 10 pm. $25-$35 advance. 19+. 416-869-0045, 416-870-8000.
While celebrity bling-boys are busy being fitted for designer linen suits, the members of Los Angeles crew Jurassic 5 are gearing up for another summer spreading the good word of true-school to hiphop non-believers.
Tonight (Thursday, June 30) they're sharing the G2 bill at the Kool Haus with techno, house and breakbeat DJs, and even though their road trip with Phish's Trey Anastasio and G. Love on the Zooma Tour has now been cancelled, they probably still won't run into another hiphop act before September.
"People are always asking, 'How come you guys don't tour with other hiphop artists?" says Jurassic 5's turntable tactician, DJ Nu-Mark, after a spin session in Chicago. "Well, the reality is that most hiphop acts don't tour.
"When we arrive at a venue we check the club calendar to see who's coming next, and it's usually rock bands, blues artists, jazz groups, electronic acts - just about every kinda music but hiphop."
Considering the company that Jurassic 5 have been keeping, it makes sense that the guests who'll be appearing on the forthcoming Jurassic 5 album aren't hiphop artists, namely Dave Matthews. No, not the James Brown arranger behind the Dune soundtrack - it's the jam band dude.
"One of the acts we kept running into on the road was the Dave Matthews Band. We found out that we we're playing for the same audience in every city, and the same people were buying our records. So it seemed like a good idea to try doing something together.
"If there's a concept behind our new album, it's 'Try anything.' If it worked we kept it, and if it didn't we trashed it. The song we did with Dave came together amazingly well. He knocked out a hook for us, we found a way to incorporate his band on the track, and then he sang the chorus and that was it. I think it might surprise some people."
Perhaps a bigger surprise is that even though the new Jurassic 5 recording is nearly completed, the as-yet-untitled album isn't scheduled for release until early 2006.
In the meantime, Jurassic 5 fans will have to be content with the group's storming new Red Hot single - which puts the Dap Kings' Nervous Like Me to good use - and Nu-Mark's Blendcrafters side project, whose recent Melody EP boasts a killer update of Eddie Harris's monster jam Bold & Black, starring the stunning bass work of session supremo Carol Kaye.
"We're about 95 per cent finished. It's really down to cleaning up two more tracks and get it all as tight as possible. We didn't want to rush it just to have something out for the summer. That's not the way we work. It's got to be solid."