Boomkat Product Review:
From lesser-travelled tributaries of American soul and disco comes the Bay Area’s T.J. Hustler Metaphysical Synthesised Orchestra and their Age of Individualism , which has been mercifully and legitimately reissued on vinyl for first time by Companion Records - mercifully because OG copies are known to trade for £1500!
Recut from a pristine copy lent to the label by Josh Davis (DJ Shadow, we presume?), the results were certainly worth the effort, sounding seemingly dialled in from some parallel disco universe, whites actually just the imagination of Tim S. Jones a.k.a. Preacher man and T.J. Hustler.
They’re pacy, extended disco burners in a very stripped down but drivingly hypnotic and colourful style, each peppered with T.J.’s vocals, which range from speaking voice to call-and-response with himself in lower and higher pitched voices, spelling out his ideas about universal consciousness, sex, and other such esoteric notions.
As a bonus, they’re all long enough for a DJ’s bog break, and the 45rpm plate also sounds great at 33rpm! We’d love to imagine that T.J. and Charanjit Singh were telepathic pals but told nobody.