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The Crack Magazine
Musician, producer and composer Andrea Benini from Cesena, Italy, founded funk/afro/jazz band Mop Mop in 2005, now on their fourth studio album, “Isle Of Magic” on Agogo Records.
Mop Mop‘s debut album “The 11th Pill” was released by Tam Tam Studio in 2005 and later re-released by P-Vine Records for the Japanese market. The first single “Perfect Day Feat. Jackson Sloan” was released by Dejavu Records in 2006 with a remix by Schema Records artist Gerardo Frisina. Tha track later went on to be selected by Adrian Gibson for “Messin Around 5″, the London Jazz Cafe compilation featuring artists like Nostalgia 77, Mark Murphy, Sleepwalker, Soul Jazz Orchestra and more.
In 2008 Benini produced Mop Mop’s second album “Kiss oF Kali”, released by German label INFRACom! in 2009, followed by Mop Mop’s third album “Ritual Of The Savage” on the same label in 2010, which sees the participation of UK singer Baby Sol (who has done backing vocaling for the likes of Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone, Nate James). In 2012 Mop Mop achieve international film business as part of the dounstrack to Woody Allen‘s movie “To Rome With Love” with the song “Three Times Bossa”, produced by Tam Tam Studio.
Fourth studio album “Isle Of Magic” has recently been release on Agogo Records and includes funk legend Fred Wesley on trombone, as well as British poet Anthony Joseph and Egyptian-Finnish singer Sara Sayed both handling vocal duties. In total, that makes four albums and several singles for Mop Mop, which has also remixed artists such as [Re:Jazz], Bajka, Jazzinvaders, Bahama Soul Club, Valique, and Rime.
Mop Mop music has been released by labels like Sony/BMG, Universal, Wagram, Agogo, INFRACom!, Freestyle, P-Vine, Rambling and has been supported by DJs like Gilles Peterson, Toshio Matsuura, Michael Ruetten, Pete Isaac, and Simon Harrison just to name a few. During the last years they have performed in Italy, Germany, France, Poland, Hungary, Spain, Turky, United Kingdom, United States, Russian Federation, appearing in clubs, jazz clubs, theatres, festivals, national radio and television.