10 years ago, in June, Nathan Jenkins (Bullion) took apart the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and turned it into a stylistic ode to revered rap producer Jay Dee (J Dilla), who had passed away a few months earlier. Pet Sounds: In the Key of Dee was circulated extensively online and received airplay from the likes of BBC Radio 1 hosts Gilles Peterson and Benji B.
To celebrate the mixtape turning ten, Nathan has assembled a group of musicians to perform an extended version of his mixtape live at London’s iconic Jazz Cafe. Players include Mica Levi collaborator, Giles King-Ashong, Raven Bush (Heliocentrics, Mulatu Atstatke), saxophonist Wayne Francis (United Vibrations) and many more talents.
Speaking about the project, Nathan said:
“Never intending to sell Pet Sounds: In the Key of Dee, I gave CDs to people leaving record shops. Someone took the liberty of pressing it to vinyl and bootlegging my bootleg, without my permission. Apparently it sells rather well, despite the awful pastiche artwork (not my doing). It’ll be wonderful to give it new life through this fantastic group of musicians. The atmosphere on the night is all important to me – “the feels” as Brian Wilson called it.”