Here’s one to check out. Name: The Bullitts. Forthcoming album: ‘They Die By Dawn And Other Short Stories’.
Defined by Jeymes Samuel, its creator and former Gorillaz collaborator, as “a 5D project” that you can watch, read and listen to, this is a collaborative ‘Movie’ project that tells the tale of a murderess on the run. The character of Amelia Sparks is played by Lucy Liu who starred in Tarantino’s Kill Bill as Tokyo yakuza boss O Ren Ishii.
The first “single” from the project, ‘Close Your Eyes’ appeared in April and the song combined Liu’s voice with the Jay Electronica, who Samuel regards as “the dopest MC on the planet”, over footage from Dali’s classic short film Un Chien Andalou (the one with then razor and the eye ball!). Another film with shades of Sixties Jean Luc Goddard accompanies ‘Run & Hide’, a song that combines Jay Electronica with Samuels singing over a Ryuichi Sakamoto like melody.
Basically, this is a work in progress where characters in the story are also making short films and keeping daily Twitter diaries! Samuel sees the possibilities as endless. Actress, singer, painter… whatever… there’s potentially a place for that person in his story. Other collaborators already in the mix include Mos Def, Tori Amos, Idris Elba and supa-ill dancer Storyboard P and it appears that Samuel would love to enlist actor Ronnie Corbett to recite Jay Electronica’s lyrics (!). Word is, this boundary busting project will all come together when they perform it live at the end of the summer.
Tune to The Bullitts’ Youtube site ( http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBullittsTV#p/u/5/nYMN82IvE6I) & check Samuel re-imagining the themes to Magnum Force, The Pursuaders and Taxi.
Bullits Live in the BBC studio: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00jlk6b (Thanx Kam!)