February 24, 2015

Steve Hillage - Rainbow Dome Musick, 1979


Raindrops, whale sounds, Tibetan bells, Fender Rhodes, guitars, arp, and Moog make up this wild style synth head-trip and seminal ambient album. Steve Hillage and long-time partner Miquette Giraudy perform triumphantly here. Wordless music at its best, and essential listening for all synth psychonauts.

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February 16, 2015

Saâda Bonaire - Saâda Bonaire, 1983


Saâda Bonaire was a shelved EMI project comprised of songwriter-vocalists Stefanie Lange and Claudia Hossfeld, producer Dennis Bovell (Fela Kuti, Orange Juice, The Slits, whatever), jazz saxophonist Charlie Mariano, and a slew of backing musicians "culled from the local immigration center." Dub-funk-disco-ish on top of a Turkish-African instrumental conglomerate. Dark and dancy perfection circa 1983-ish. Captured Tracks recently put out an excellent compilation with a whole lot of never-released material, which we're not posting for download because you should just buy it. A favorite track below.


February 9, 2015

Scritti Politti - Cupid & Psyche 85, 1985


This is a perfect album.

February 2, 2015

Brenda Ray - Walatta, 2005


A personal favorite. Brenda Ray rolled around with a handful of musical projects in the UK post punk scene, where she explored African rhythms, dub, hip hop, and electro grooves. After hitting it off with the legendary Roy Cousins in the early 90's, she helped him remaster and reissue titles from his label, Tamoki Wambesi. Legend has it that it was Cousins' idea that she make an album using original tapes of Tamoki Wambesi roots reggae tracks. I think this was mostly recorded in the late 90s, released in limited numbers via Tamoki Wambesi, and reissued by Japan's EM Records (we're still working our way through their catalog, because holy cow it is good).

Unlike anything else. Ray draped her breathy, 60's-chanteuse vocals all over some of the best dub and reggae tracks ever made (tracks which she quite literally jazzed up), resulting in what Forced Exposure called "very disturbing slices of psycho-dub/doo-wop/jazz-fusion/exotica music." Grooving all over Turkey, West Africa, and of course, Jamaica. Alternately shimmery, bossa-nova-flecked, and funky, with appearances by Prince Far I and Knowledge. The sonic equivalent of pink plastic palm trees. A salve for a brutally cold February day. Enjoy!

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