Here are the 100 tracks among those featured on the blog this month AND simultaneously found on youtube. You would be surprised how many great songs can’t be found on youtube (yet).
Missing: Michael Henning & Philip Ringler, Chris Weisman, Vialka & Senyawa
Missing: Flavien Berger (represented with La Fête Noire instead), Débruit, Samantha Glass (represented with Seasonal Seduction instead), Kammerflimmer Kollektief (represented with Lichterloh instead), Keita Sano (represented with Knock Flat instead), Saul Williams
Posts categorized as HIGHLIGHTS:
Amadou & Mariam – Djagnèba
Anna Caragnano & Donato Dozzy – Parola
Ava Luna – Steve Polyester
BICIKL – Intro (Live at Rex, Belgrade, 14/11/2011)
Chris Weisman – Backpack People
Débruit – Separated Together
Hands – Black To Comm
João Donato – A Rã
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Sundry
Kammerflimmer Kollektief – Zurück zum Beton
Karen Gafurdjanov – Yor Uzga
Machinedrum: Movin’ Forward – A Tribute To DJ Rashad (Album)
Magnifico – Tivoli
Octo Octa – Fever Dream
Paul de Jong – Auction Block
Ptaki – Krystyna
Saul Williams ft. Emily Kokal – Burundi
Underground Resistance – Hardlife (Aaron Carl remix)
Protoje is a Jamaican roots revivalist. Sudden Flight appears on Protoje’s third studio album, Ancient Future. The video is politically and socially charged:
“This song gives a history of Jamaican politics, names and references are subtly incorporated,” Protoje told FADER. “I wanted people to understand the perils of this partisan politics.”
Absolute classic sound from Brazil!
I found this via Gilles Peterson’s Brazilian compilation (Disc 1).
Okkyung Lee is an experimental cellist. She began her career in traditional Korean spheres but quickly got taken in the wonderfulness that is experimental and improvisational music. Read a very informative interview with her on The Quietus.
“her sound is as tense and strained as it is free and easy. It moves effortlessly from the stretching, pulling and straining of strings to ethereal sounds rising and fading like smoke wisps, a sound that resonates from the gap between two discourses, resisting both ‘traditional’ musical territories and the idiom of ‘free improvisation’. This unique approach, explored via tireless collaborations with the likes of Chris Corsano, Evan Parker, Peter Evans, Christian Marclay, Lisa Ullén, Lasse Marhaug, and C. Spencer Yeh, and solo efforts, including Nihm (2005), I Saw The Ghost Of An Unknown Soul And It Said (2008), Noisy Love Songs (2010) and Ghil, has proven Lee as one of the most exciting and challenging figures in contemporary improvisation and performance. “
This Dean Blunt song slipped out of my radar. Here you go, from the Hyperdub 10.3 compilation.
Kasai Allstars is a collective of Congolese musicians who all originate from a large region of Democratic Republic of the Congo called Kasai (It is divided into two administrative provinces, called Kasai-Occidental and Kasai-Oriental).
Beware The Fetish comes from their 2014 album of the same name, released by a Belgian label Crammed Discs.
The albums of the supergroup have featured members of Konono No1, Deerhoof, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Matt Mehlan from Skeletons, and Juana Molina.
G’Ny is a singer from the Carribean island of Guadeloupe. She pulls off the patriotic Péyi mwen like a bona fide diva. Read more about her on the Lusafrica website, the label that released her album Libèté.
WOW! What a record, brimming with life and joy – absolute pleasure to listen to!
Clarice Assad is a 2009 Latin Grammy nominee and Sergio Assad‘s daughter. She’s a skilled jazz composer and vocalist.
Dub Colossus play dub reggae mixed with Ethiopian influences. Madmen comes from their 2014 album Addis To Omega. It features the band’s leader Nick “Dubulah” Page’s half-spoken vocals.
The month of April has seen numerous Polish artists represented on this blog. The Polish streak finishes off with Izrael, Polish reggae pioneers. Very chilled quality dub here from the year 1986!
Stay tuned for more Polish music next month!