Month / May 2017

/ May 30, 2017 / Comments Off on Paleis Van Boem: Mowgli Goes Kaka (1985)

Paleis Van Boem: Mowgli Goes Kaka (1985)

Deeply intricate and esoteric experimental percussion music from Netherland’s own Paleis Van Boem, which aptly translates to “Palace of Boom”. Now known – if you’re Dutch that is! – for their film and TV soundtracks, Paleis Van Boem actually had roots in the lecture halls of the Rotterdam Conservatory. This duo consisting of Martin Vonk and […]

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/ May 25, 2017 / Comments Off on Mix: 4. Nuevo Aztlán

Mix: 4. Nuevo Aztlán

In a way, everything you do circles back to where one comes from. All my life, somehow, I felt my own lineage and ancestry steeped in Mexico was some kind of relic of the past. That too many other cultures had managed to strive for something new and exciting, while my own remain stagnant. When NTS asked me to give […]

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/ May 19, 2017 / Comments Off on Coste Apetrea: Airborne (1989)

Coste Apetrea: Airborne (1989)

I am you. You are me, Coste Apetrea Airborne cover man. I feel you, ADIDAS sweatpants-tucked-in-full-length-fishing boots man. I get you, oversized-cardigan-above-open-buttoned-linen-shirted-friend. I know you, man trapped in between seasons dude. Is it warm enough to put away winter’s festoons and enjoy warmer moods with cooler duds? Your picture doesn’t tell me the full story.

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/ May 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Sonia Rosa: Samba Amour (1979)

Sonia Rosa: Samba Amour (1979)

Heady, windswept, gauzy saudade that could only come from someone like Sonia Angelica De Carvalho Rosa, are things that don’t quite reveal themselves when you hear Samba Amour. Sonia Rosa had an unlikely musical career. Although she was born in São Paulo, Brazil it wasn’t there where’d she stake her claim to fame. A precocious child, she taught herself Joao Gilberto’s songs when […]

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/ May 12, 2017 / Comments Off on Imagination: Night Dubbing (1983)

Imagination: Night Dubbing (1983)

“Forget your sorrow let’s start livin’ for today” those are the sublime spliced verses that kick off this monumental piece of house music. Before such a word “house music” even existed only a few people were hip to the possibilities inherent somewhere deep in the mind of English soul band Imagination. Night Dubbing was the sound of Imagination stretching to […]

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/ May 10, 2017 / Comments Off on Sly and Robbie: Language Barrier (1985)

Sly and Robbie: Language Barrier (1985)

I’m looking at the liner notes to Sly & Robbie’s Language Barrier right now. Performances by Afrika Bambaataa, Bernie Worrell, Mikey Chung, Manu Dibango, Wally Badarou, Herbie Hancock (!), Bob Dylan (!?!?), and production by Bill Laswell…I keep asking myself why in the world did this not make a dent in anyone’s memory? By the looks of their […]

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/ May 8, 2017 / Comments Off on Serge Gainsbourg: Aux Armes Et Cætera (1979) and Dub Style (2003)

Serge Gainsbourg: Aux Armes Et Cætera (1979) and Dub Style (2003)

Back in 1979, French musical giant Serge Gainsbourg travels to Jamaica, meets up with hugely influential dub producers Sly and Robbie, then proceeds to create this controversial 30-odd minutes of “freggae” featuring Rita Marley’s erotic background vocals. It’s a scene that so thoroughly infuriated his own critics, and through one controversial song, infuriated all sorts […]

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/ May 5, 2017 / Comments Off on Eblen Macari: Música Para Planetarios (1987)

Eblen Macari: Música Para Planetarios (1987)

Every time I revisit Eblen Macari’s landmark release, Música Para Planetarios, I find something different and special about it. At times, it’s finding pride that something like this exist where one’s own Mexican culture doesn’t need to be negated/subjugated to create something spectacularly pioneering. Other times, it’s when I sit back and identify cultural cues and traditions inherent in […]

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/ May 3, 2017 / Comments Off on Koji Ueno: Music For Silent Movies (1985)

Koji Ueno: Music For Silent Movies (1985)

Music For Silent Movies, it’s all there in the title. Koji Ueno, one half of Japanese duo Guernica (the other half being Jun Togawa from Yapoos), takes their subversive take on the era of “The Greatest Generation” to its logical evolution/conclusion by creating a soundtrack to the lesser known sounds of that period. Thoughts of musique concrete, serialism, […]

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/ May 1, 2017 / Comments Off on Alap Jetzer: Eternity’s Sunrise (1986)

Alap Jetzer: Eternity’s Sunrise (1986)

Sun-lit, rainbow music for respite after rainy days. That’s how I would describe Alap Jetzer’s largely acoustic renditions of Hindu guru Sri Chinmoy’s compositions. Attracted to the same devotional spiritual path that struck other musicians like Pete Townshend, Carlos Santana, Narada Michael Walden, and Roberta Flack, so was this young Swiss instrument maker and multi-instrumentalist […]

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