Black Seeds Reeeeemix!

Black Seeds inna ones and zeros. What more ya needta knows? If u haz been following moy posts diligently since Jan 1, 2009 (and why wouldn’t you) then you know I love me some Black Seeds reggae outta New Zealand. So here’s anudder. Enjoy.

The Black Seeds
“Slingshot (Truth Remix)” (download mp3)
from “Specials: Remixes And Versions From Solid Ground”
“Slingshot (Truth Remix)” (play)
(Easy Star Records)
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En schizofrens dagbok! En schizofrens dagbok, I tell you! Listen to this!

It’s Jam Band Saturday. More specifically, it’s Swedish Jam Band Saturday. Let’s break it down, it’s really Swedish Jam Bands Discovered By Frank Zappa Saturday. But Dorothy, how many Swedish Jam Bands can claim they were discovered by Frank Zappa? Just one, dear, the Mats/Morgan Band. They kick ass all over most fusion-y prog-rockers and dude has like, three kick drums. Reminds of King Crimson and Zappa himself at their wildest, with an added nod to the sonic brain-bending of modern electronic club music. Truly excellent.

Mats/Morgan Band
“En schizofrens dagbok” (download mp3)
from “Mats/Morgan Band Live”
“En schizofrens dagbok”
(Cuneiform Records)

Brazilian Pop Music’s Official Best Kept Secret, Thaís Gulin

Here’s a taste of Brazilian rising star Thaís Gulin, with a sparkling track off her new record. The song is called “ôÔÔôôÔôÔ” (pronounced “ôÔÔôôÔôÔ”) and it  has one leg firmly planted in a long tradition of Brazilian musics, the other finding a foothold on new musical ground. There’s a beautiful lone trombone on this, conversing with the vocals between lush and satisfying choruses.

Thaís Gulin
“ôÔÔôôÔôÔ” (mp3)
from “ôÔÔôôÔôÔ”
“ôÔÔôôÔôÔ” (play)
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Say “Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi” Ten Times Fast

My my, I learn something every day on the Intertubes. This morning over coffee I learned that Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi was a major composer in India, responsible for over 400 devotional songs. I learned that his songs were informed as much by science and philosophy as by spirituality, and that they are loved by millions. I also learned that Carnatic music is a distinct form of Indian Classical music, which features the voice as a primary instrument. I humbly face this as the tip of an iceberg – another gr8 form of music I have yet to explore. The Amutham Music label kindly shares this beautiful track from a compilation of songs written by the aforementioned, and performed by various Indian artists. And life is good.

Sudha Ragunathan
“Kannan Varugundra Nreram” (download mp3)
from “Kannan Varugindra Neram”
“Kannan Varugundra Nreram” (play)
(Amutham Music)
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Ismaël Isaac’s African Reggae Hit “Teri Djougou”

There are few tings more uplifting and yummy for your soul tummy that gr8 big juicy major chord horn section parts, shining on a swaying reggae hip-wiggler. Ivory Coast reggae singing star Ismaël Isaac shows his affection for Wailers’ arrangement and Alpha Blondy vocal styles here to glorious effect. From the “Reggae in Africa vol.1” compilation on the Cantos Music label, “Teri Djougou” is sweet musical sunshine in a bottle. Drink it tup.

Ismaël Isaac
“Teri Djougou” (download mp3)
from “Reggae in Africa vol.1”
(Cantos Music)
“Teri Djougou” (play)
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Orkestra del Sol Honks A Mighty Honkstep

Honk. Honk. Honkstep, babies. Enter a cartoon world of zany horns and woodwinds, loping and careening thither and yon in a fervent display of perfect nonsense. There’s no small part if this that I do not love. Bounding, dancing, ska-klezmer elephants on ‘shrooms? But yes. Orkestra del Sol, my dears.

Orkestra del Sol
“This Is Honkstep” (download mp3)
from “Lung Capacity”
(SolMusic Recordings)
“This Is Honkstep” (play)
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Baba Zula Takes Us To A Gecekondu

“Gecekondus” are semi-legal urban squats in Turkey. Baba Zula uses “electro saz” (a Turkish lute), wooden spoons, and various percussion, along with some very odd vocal shouts and moans, to evoke life in a Gecekondu. Gecekondu is a word I learned today and I am likely to say it whenever possible. Gecekondu. Gecekondu. Try it, it’s a good word. And “Komsu” is a very cool, unusual sounding track, too. Don’t shoot.

Baba Zula
“Komsu” (download mp3)
from “Gecekondu”
(Doublemoon Records)
“Komsu” (play)
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Finding Peace With Jah Wobble and The Nippon Dub Ensemble

Leave it to Jah Wobble to facilitate a merger of Jamaican dub music with Japanese traditional instruments and vocals reminiscent of Shinto religious ceremonies. What? No, really. It works, it works well, and it’s rather beautiful. This is my Sunday musical offering and I’m quite pleased with it.

Jah Wobble, The Nippon Dub Ensemble
“K Dub 05” (download mp3)
from “Japanese Dub”
“K Dub 05” (play)
(30 Hertz Records)
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Parne Gadje Makes Beautiful World Music

Don’t just call it Gypsy — it’s Roma. It’s Greek. It’s Balkan. Whatever it is, Parne Gadje mix seemingly disparate European folk styles with traditional and self-made instruments to create a gorgeous, organic mood. I’m not sure what “Isoun Mia Vrisi” is even about, but it doesn’t even matter when the music speaks that language we all just understand. Merry Xmas everyone. <3

Parne Gadje
“Isoun Mia Vrisi” (Download mp3)
from “O ManuÅ¡”
(Smoked Recordings)
“Isoun Mia Vrisi” (play)
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Mexican Institute of Sound Throws A Carnaval

I love a great band name, and I love it even better when a band more than lives up to it. Here is a glorious blend of modern and traditional musics, seamlessly rendered by a tight group with a hot horn section.

Mexican Institute of Sound
“Carnaval” (download mp3)
from “Suave Patria – EP”
(Nacional Records)
“Carnaval” (play)