Basil Kirchin - Primitive London (Trunk)
Trunk Records has been working overtime to preserve Basil Kirchin's recorded legacy for posterity, and "Primitive London" is the latest in the ongoing project. Very much a composer working at the edges of both the film industry, and music in general, previous Basil Kirchin releases from the label have included "Abstractions Of The Industrial North" and "Quantum", his early `70s ambient-jazz opus.
This CD includes two soundtracks. The first is from the titular film, recently re-released on DVD by the BFI, and it's naïve, sleazy, future-jazz tones perfectly compliment a movie that seedily exposed / explored sexuality in mid-`60s Britain. The latter tracks originally soundtracked an early `70s Ian McShane gangster flick "The Freelance" and is altogether looser in its approach, though just as much fun. Considering half the original master-tapes have been lost or destroyed, the sound quality is remarkably good, and fans of Dave Pike, Don Ellis and esoteric soundtrack music should check it out. 9/10.