February 4, 2015
Nepa (Never Expect Power Always) – Tony Allen with Afrobeat 2000 (1984)
Recently came across Tony Allen‘s “Nepa (Never Expect Power Always)” record. The title track is amazing and a definite gem. If you’re unfamiliar with Tony’s name, you might recognize his drumming from Fela Kuti’s Africa ’70 band. Brian Eno states that Tony Allen is “perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived.”
Expensive Shit – Fela Kuti & Africa ’70 (1975)
Mentioning Fela, I thought I’d post something he recorded with Africa ’70 and Allen’s drumming. The 12th studio album by Fela Kuti Expensive Shit is an amazing record, and well worth a thorough listen.
January 30, 2015
Mustafa Ozkent – Gençlik Ile Elele (1973)
One of my favorite pastimes is browsing Discogs and discovering new music. I decided at random to look up “The Sound of Wonder” just to find similar releases. (if you don’t know about this fantastic Pakistani compilation, you have to check it out. In fact I’ve posted about it before) While I was doing that, I stumbled upon prog-psych artist Mustafa Ozkent’s album Gençlik Ile Elele. It’s so awesome! Turkish psychedelic / experimental funk. Who doesn’t love that? Originally released in 1973, the vinyl LP is out of stock on Finder’s Keepers records who reissued it, but I’m sure you can find it on eBay…
The album was the first stereoisomeric duel channel recording in Turkey.
January 21, 2015
Funkadelic – Funkadelic (1970)
I just bought a limited edition vinyl of Funkadelic’s 1970 “S/T” release (1000 printed). WOW what an experience, especially the first track (see below). It makes it even more incredible that the vinyl is orange splatter-colored. The label that re-released the record (4menwithbeards) have some incredible vinyls, the guy who owns it has an immaculate taste in some otherwise obscure stuff (including that Gal Costa “Self-titled” release I mentioned a few posts down). Gonna be getting into lots of Funkadelic this month, and everything George Clinton related. (You can obviously also listen to this record on Spotify and whatever other digital music platform you prefer!)
November 25, 2014
Broadcast – Haha Sound (2003)
Lately I’ve been listening to Broadcast incessantly. Trish Keenan’s voice is something so spectacular, so awesome and childlike, especially unique combined with the band’s experimental sound. Their 2003 album Haha Sound as a whole is a musical masterpiece. Just an FYI, if you’re into collecting records the vinyl LP went out of production a while ago so keep a lookout for it (ranges $150+)
November 25, 2014
Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues (1983)
If there is one musical phase I would suggest anyone go through, it’s listening to Talking Heads’ Speaking in Tongues album on repeat for a week.
September 1, 2014
Been really getting into vintage Gal Costa at the moment and also Dorothy Ashby. Gal Costa is a Brazilian artist whose 1969 Self-Titled record I can’t stop listening to. Dorothy Ashby is a harp player from Detroit. I’d suggest listening to her 1968 release Afro-Harping, some really amazing stuff and worth getting into.