Boomkat Product Review:
A true musical journeyman, Dennis Weise returns after Finders Keepers’ ‘Wize Music’ comp on a reissue of his stellar, late ’90s psych-jazz-house-jungle salvo as Corps of Discovery thru Séance Center/Smiling C’s Mixed Signals co-op
A singular artist who played on ‘Rock-It’ with Herbie Hancock, performed in Gong, recorded with the Wailers, and then moved onto make ambient and dance music; Dennis Weise is one of a kind, and so is his 1998 album ‘Corps Of Discovery.’ Over four tracks taken from the original album, he proves equally adept at making deep NYC house (‘Net Surfers’) as banging psychedelic techno rock (‘Loving Java Scripts’) and, quite remarkably, a very strong line in 4 Hero or AGCG-styled UK jungle (‘Eye Opener’) that could easily have come from 1995 London or Manchester if we weren’t aware otherwise, while the final cut ‘The Yogi & The Fish’ is just in its own world of new agey ambient techno steppers.
“One balmy night in Florida, sometime in the mid 90s, psychologist and electronic iconoclast Doctor Wize (Dennis Weise) and his then wife Czara (Sarah Younger) had a revelation while watching a documentary about the Lewis and Clark expedition of the Pacific Northwest. The name of the exploration party was Corps Of Discovery. The couple were looking for a name for their nascent electronic dance unit, and the idea of setting off on a sonic adventure into uncharted territory fit perfectly.
Ra (Raul Areallno) and Angel (Peggy Powers) joined Wize and Czara on their trip, rounding out the voyage. The group travelled between psychedelic house, day-glo techno, mutant trance, bent jungle, and out-there electronic mantras. No stranger to outlying musical forms, Wize had already self-released two, now legendary sui generis solo records Valhalla and Consciousness Program. Before that he cut his teeth playing with The Wailers in Jamaica, Gong in Europe, and even played on Herbie Hancock’s Rock-it. The music world is starting to wise up, beginning with the 2018 Finders Keepers retrospective compilation, Wize Music. This new release adds another pin on the map, tracing another region of Wize’s unparalleled aural journey.”