Another installment of melodies & memories, past and present, to accompany these shorter December days as 2014 nears a close.
As an listener of different styles of music, it’s always interesting to track fly points across the map and hear new sounds with vast influences from other continents. These days many seem to be touched on by the aesthetics of Africa; as is the case with Tokyo-based producer, Anchorsong, and his Mawa EP released a few months ago on BBE. From the imagery on the 10-inch picture cover with a feather-masked figure donning a headdress, to a standout track, “Flamingos”, with its dizzying kalimba loop and layered percussion, the Japanese producer presents an EP using some distinct African rhythms and instruments, with tempos suitable to be mixed with some subdued deep house.
The prevalence of the African influence globally should be (at least partially) attributed to labels like Soundway (England) and Born Bad Records (France), who have released some of the most unique and interesting music, both contemporary and decades past, from around the world. The recent collection of Francis Bebey’s Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984 (Born Bad) and Fumaça Preta’s new self-titled debut LP (Soundway) are both examples of sounds that are on different ends of a bridge, as music from the past that has been largely undiscovered or niche and new music being interpreted by current artists pulling from the vast influences (psych, Latin, African, Brazilian, funk, boogie, electro, etc) being released by labels like Soundway, Born Bad, and PPU (based in Washington DC). Always a ton of respect going out to these labels for doing the work unearthing and compiling this music for fans like ourselves, and future generations of artists that will discover and interpret these works.
Other new music featured on the show from a new duo based in Copenhagen called Furns, somewhat reminiscent of Robin Hannibal’s style production with that sultry pop-vocal sound. Another collaboration between Tony Allen & Damon Albarn, who previously worked together as The Good, The Bad, and The Queen, and Rocket Juice and The Moon. An unconventional meeting of the minds from Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwarz, and Dan Berglund off their recommended Trialogue project. Quite a nice soundtrack for zoning out to and doing work, in my mind. The return of the smoothed out vocals of Erlend Øye, back with a new single and album. Also recommended is the new Teklife compilation entitled Next Life, as disciples & contemporaries of DJ Rashad put forth the best Chicago’s juke scene has to offer. Another super solid 4 song EP of beats from the Rhythm Section International label by an artist called Prequel. Keep an ear out for future releases from the label out of South London, carrying the “Peckham strong” banner.
Last but not least…a special guest mix by our friend, Nerstylist, sharing a sublime selection of funk & rare soul tunes. Check out his excellent array of sound curations and mixes on his page.
Stay tuned as we will be sharing some of our favorite tracks and recapping the best albums of 2014 on the next show.
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Fumaça Preta – Espelhos Fundidos [Soundway]
Tony Allen – Go Back [Jazz Village]
Vermont – Macchina (Prins Thomas Version) [Kompakt]
Bobby Womack – Woman’s Gotta Have It [United Artists]
Traxman – Sit Ya Self Down [Hyperdub]
Boxcutter & Defcon – Skylights feat. Kaidi [Kudos]
Prequel – The Test Dream [Rhythm Section International]
Francis Bebey – Sanza Nocturne [Born Bad Records]
Anchorsong – Flamingos [BBE]
Wesseltoft, Schwarz, Berglund – Movement Seventeen [Sunday Music]
BADBADNOTGOOD – Kaleidoscope (Kaytranada Flip) [via Soundcloud]
Erlend Øye – Rainman (Back & Comixxx Remix) [Bubbles]
Psychic Mirrors – Midnight Special [PPU]
Furns – Swim Away [Gateway]
Ju-Ar – Threefold [Morgen Noi]
Nerstylist Guest Mix:
Edwin Starr – Running Back And Forth [Motown]
Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – What Can You Bring Me [Warner Bros]
Blood, Sweat, & Tears – Spinning Wheel (The Reflex Re-Edit) [Columbia/Gamm]
Dee Edwards – Why Can’t There Be Love [Bump Shop]
The Dixie Cups – Iko Iko [Line]
Sun – Light of the Universe [Capitol]
Jimmy Messina – Love is Here (La Homage West Coast Edit) [Sony]
Roman Andren – People Make the World Go Round [Ajabu!]
Donny Hathaway – Memory Of Our Love [ATCO]
Kenny Cox – Lost My Love [Strata/180 Proof]