Monthly Archives: July 2014

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Sally Nyolo – Tiger Run (Riverboat)

From Cameroon until moving to Paris at 13, this seasoned vocalist & member of the group Zap Mama blends French pop with traditional Cameroonian elements, including pygmy influences & bikutsi, a style featuring female choruses & 6/8 rhythms. This is her 8th CD, & has vocals in her native Eton language, French, & English. Notice […]

The Rough Guide To African Blues

ANTH: AFRICA – The Rough Guide To African Blues (3rd edition) (World Music Network)

Here is a wonderful sampler of African blues artists from across the continent, from Mali & environs in Saharan West Africa, of course, but also from Ethiopia, Mozambique, Reunion, Sudan, & Zambia. Plus a fine bonus CD from desert Tuareg guitarist Alhousseini Anivolla. Lots of wonderful tunes!

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Tunto – Huvi (AANI)

The title, Huvi, means amusement in Finnish. Playful contemporary music by guitarist Matti Wallenius from Finland, with Petri Heimonen (reeds), Petri Reinikka & Henrik Dunker (percussion), & other friends. This, their 4th CD, has elements of jazz, cabaret, & sometimes even a sense of electronica thanks to the intricate, clockwork-like percussion. Definitely amusing – try […]

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Leticia Rodriguez – Saguita Al Bate EP (self-released)

Leticia is the Niece of Eva Garza, who was famous during WW II as one of the first bilingual Mexican artists to enter the U.S. market (1st track is a cover of one of Eva’s hits). Leticia, from Texas, shares her aunt’s musical passions & her beautiful voice as well. Nice, timeless tunes. Official Website […]

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Peliroja – Injusticia (Chulo)

Members of several NYC bands (including some who grew up together) formed this collective to explore outcomes when Latin influences are combined with Ethiopian, African, & Caribbean elements. Recorded live on tape. Lots of interesting genre combinations.

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Oy – No Problem Saloon (Crammed Discs)

From Berlin, an entertaining mélange of compositions featuring storytelling, electronic elements, & found sounds, including field recordings from Swiss-Ghanaian vocalist Joy Frempong’s trips around Africa, & brilliant percussion by Lleluja-Ha (aka Swiss composer/producer Marcel Blatti).

Musical Landscapes of Hilary Tann

Pieces for piano trio, mostly slow yet very abstract, and occasionally staccato. Play or sample most!

Velocity2–Flux

Interesting combination of saxophone & clarinet. Contemporary pieces not quite lyrical, but not dissonant either. Play!

John Dowland–An Englishman in New York

Arrangements for mandolin and lute by the Renaissance lute master, with his signature melancholy, sweet. Play!

George Crumb–Complete Crumb Edition, vol. 16

Songs with lovely soprano or baritone with accompaniment of Lorca’s eerie “voices” and Crumb’s mix of native, avant and folk songs from his American Songbook

Voices in the Wind

Fairly abstract pieces for a variety of flutes and/or piccolo, some ethereal, others more staccato

August 2014 – Rock Singles Mix

August 2014 – Rock Singles Mix 1. Caribou – Can’t Do Without You (Radio Edit) [merge] 2. Mausi – My Friend Has a Swimming Pool [sony] 3. Basement Jaxx – Never Say Never [(Atlantic Jaxx/PIAS Recordings) 4. The Relatives – Don’t Let Me Fall (Ever-Soul/Daptone) 5. Got A Girl – There’s A Revolution [self] 6. […]

Rufus Du Sol-Sundream

Sundream is a single from Rufus Du Sol. The single contains the original plus two remixes and another track titled Tonight. The music is House EDM that is upbeat and very smooth. Tracks: All Good

Kodomo-Patterns & Light

The latest from artist Kodomo is titled Patterns and Light. The music is the combination of Chris Child’s (a.k.a. Kodomo) upbringing in 80’s Japan, his love of IDM and early Warp label artists and the influences of classical artists such as Chopin, Schubert and Bach. The music itself has a futuristic, Sci-Fi feel and is […]

Various Artists-Acoustic Division Sampler

Acoustic Division Sampler is a compilation from Acoustic Divisions new sub label Hi-Definition. The music is a mix of Experimental with Minimal Wave, Synth Pop, Ambient and Dream Pop. The result is a sound that is quirky yet has a weird pop edge but a pop edge on the far borders of these genres. It’s […]

Bob Moses-First To Cry

First to Cry is a three track single from Bob Moses. The single contains two versions of I Ain’t Gonna Be The First To Cry and the track Grace. The music is smooth Electro Rock with a Downtempo vibe. RIYD: Wild Cub Tracks: All Good

MORRISSEY // WORLD PEACE IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS (HARVEST)

MORRISSEY RETURNS W/ BOTH ROCKIN & HEARTFELT TUNES. CLASSIC STYLE W/ WITTY WORDPLAY, CONFIDENT VOCALS, FLAMENCO GUITARS, HORNS. PLAY: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 RIYL: THE SMITHS, THE NATIONAL

SLAVVE // SLAVVE EP (BLOODMOSS RECORDS)

DUO W/ FORMER MEMBER OF SURFER BLOOD. RAW,POWERFUL MIX OF SHOEGAZE, SCREAMO, POST-PUNK & HARDCORE. PLAY: 1, 5, 6 FCC: 2, RIYL: NO AGE, POISON THE WELL

THE WYTCHES // ANNABEL DREAM READER (PARTISAN)

60’S GNARLY GARAGE W/ PUNKY AGGRESSION AMID FUZZY TONES, PRIMORDIAL BLUES-OOZE. FERAL VOCALS, OVER-DRIVEN SURF GUITAR BENDS. PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 11, 12 RIYL: METZ, JAPANDROIDS

FREE-MAN // FREE-MAN (PARTISAN)

GENE WEEN SOLO DEBUT SINGER/SONGWRITER PSYCH FOLK/POP. . SWEET TRACKS, LUSH HARMONIES, EMOTIONAL PLEAS. PLAY: 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 FCC: 1 RIYL: WEEN

THE MIAMI DOLPHINS // BECKY (FPE)

ART-PUNK/ NOISE-ROCK W/ NONSENSICAL FEMALE VOCALS. PLAY: 1, 3, 4, 11 RIYL: PONYTAIL, MELT-BANANA

THE PROPER ORNAMENTS // WOODEN HEAD (SLUMBERLAND)

LONDON NEO-PSYCH-POP W/ LAYERED GUITAR ATMOSPHERES, LATE 60′ MELANCHOLY & NOSTALGIA. PLAY: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14 RIYL: VELVET UNDERGROUND, WEST COAST POP ART, FOXYGEN, WOODS

THE ANTLERS // FAMILIARS (ANTI-)

MELLOW, HEARTFELT TRACKS W/DROWSY HORNS, TWINKLING KEYBOARD BITS, MUTED GUITAR, DEEP LYRICS. A SOUL RECORD FOR THEM. PLAY: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8 FCC: 3, 4, 7 RIYL: BON IVER, RHYE, THE NATIONAL

WILD SMILES // FOOL FOR YOU EP (SUNDAY BEST)

OCCASIONALLY DRONEY GARAGE SURF-POP W/ VERY OLD-SCHOOL INFLUENCES. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4 RIYL: VACCINES, STROKES, KING TUFF

WUNDER WUNDER // EVERYTHING INFINITE (DOVECOTE)

DREAMY, LO-FI COLORFUL 80’S-STYLE PSYCH-POP W/ WARPING SYNTHS, BLISSED-OUT DREAMSCAPES. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 RIYL: TAME IMPALA, WASHED OUT, M83, DOM, EMPIRE OF THE SUN