Dukes of Chutney

By helen

We met up with our friends John Paul Jones and Dustin Lynn,  both from California who met surfing over a decade ago. They started creating music together under the name Dukes of Chutney.

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Recently signed to Tim Sweeney's label Beats In Space Records, Dukes of Chutney’s Domino was released on November 5, 2013 as a limited edition 12” EP and digitally. Domino features artwork by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin. Both artist have a book release and a show at the MOMA at the moment.

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The first Dukes recording session came together in Sausalito, CA, where the boys began blending their globally foraged ingredients into what would become their first EP’s closing track “Caledonia”. In the midst of trading demos stemmed from this session, they were introduced to Berlin-based vocalist and performance artist Elle P. Conjuring up a wild combo of Grace JonesMeredith Monk and Trish Keenan, Elle channels these articulate spirits through her own multi-tracking vocal technique.

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Domino was conceived over two years during which Jones and Lynn were traveling separately and frequently across multiple countries and continents. From a peyote ceremony in Mexico (chants which can be heard echoing on “You, Me, The Chimp and Acapulco”) to hunting for surf along the Icelandic coast (the cold volcanic drums and distortion of “Jan’s Bellski”), Jones and Lynn hoarded field recordings, found instruments and life altering experiences to later process and navigate in a collaborative capacity.

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The flavor of the Dukes’ musical experience is an abstract but balanced mixture of many disciplines. Under the moniker Tom Croose, Jones’ has established a beguiling production touch to various edits and remixes. Lynn is an accomplished filmmaker who has collaborated with artist Gabriel Orozco and directed campaigns for designers  Alexander McQueen and Corto Moltedo.

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The boys are wearing GLCO and Oliver Peoples frames and clothes by Mohawk General Store

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We highly recommend their music.