The first thing I thought of, even before listening to the music, was James Bond; Thunderball underwater fight scenes, harpoons, trails of shark blood..
As for the music, I bought the vinyl solely for the instrumentals - I’m not so into Lewis Parker’s vocals, they don’t seem to sit alongside the harmonies that well (but that’s just me).
Lewis Parker - Shark (Instrumental)
The stand-out track is the above; the title track: three contrasting elements that somehow stick like glue; the raw, moody bassline, the restless, jumpy snares and that loungy, sensual orchestration, tastefully decorated with watery wok taps (if anyone actually knows the official name for the effect at 0:06, please let me know!) and the ominous trails of discordant strings, fluffy woodwind and vibraphones (there are many more sexy sounds in the mix, but I won’t bore you with a list).
Above: A pile of EP’s ready to go
Bizarrely, the same night I discovered this release, I also stumbled across the French Connection I & II soundtrack online, which goes perfectly with this style. Don Ellis composed the music, and it’s got that mystique, a jazzy cheekiness to it (moments of his trademark Avant-Garde signature caught up in the frenzy of brass and steamy, addictive percussion).
Take this opener, for example:
I had literally been looking for the music for YEARS, and since I’m in Asia, here’s a rare poster to commemorate the discovery: