Lord Executor – “Three Friends Advice”

Before there was Bob Marley, and even before Toots and the Maytals, there was calypso music and there was Lord Executor. Listen past the rag-timey piano staccato in his “Three Friends Advice” and you will hear the calypso-infused predecessor of Jamaican reggae music. Forbidden to speak with one another, calypso music was a way for African slaves in the Caribbean to communicate with one another while they mocked their slave masters. Lord Executor (Philip Garcia) was one of the pioneers in Trinidad who spread English calypso songs around the Caribbean. Although he spent most of his time in Trinidad, he recorded many of his songs in New York in the late 1930s.

Lord Executor – “Three Friends Advice (play/download)

Team B comes with an A single

From Brooklyn’s Team B, “Genesis/Reply To Censure” earns my rare and distinguished genre categorization of “Other.” The very reason I spend uncounted hours seeking gr8 undiscovered music is that sometimes I am rewarded with something as original and lovely as this.

Team B
“Genesis/Reply To Censure” (download mp3)
from “Genesis/Reply To Censure 7″ – Single”
(Hi-Scores Recording Library)
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Team B – “Genesis/Reply To Censure”

Mag Seven Escapes Phoenix, Unleashes Dub

Utter dubwise destruction from The Mag Seven outta Amarillo, Texas. Instrumental surf-reggae rockin’ bliss. I dig it.

The Mag Seven
“By the Time I Get Out of Phoenix” (download mp3)
from “Black Feathers”
(End Sounds)
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The Mag Seven – “By The Time I Get Out Of Phoenix”

Lydia Mendoza – “Los Besos De Mi Negra”

Lydia Mendoza – “Los Besos De Mi Negra (play download mp3)

The natural cadence of Lydia Mendoza’s voice complimented the sound of a twelve-string guitar. A musical bond was formed and used to transmit the vast oral traditions of popular Mexican songs. With natural beauty and integrity she traveled as a solo artist carrying her cultures rich history through a rapidly changing area of the United States. It is the music that emerged from the experiences of native peoples within the colonial context of the nineteenth century. This MP3 is a rarity that I’m honored to share.

David Starfire’s Bollyhood Bass

David Starfire – “Sitarfire” mp3

Here’s a bouncy instrumental work of multi-cultural ebullience by David Starfire. A well traveled and musically adventurous lad, young Mr. Starfire has combined elements of hip-hop and UK breakbeat with traditional Indian instruments, to create a new eclectic sound of his own. “Sitarfire” starts out strong and gets stronger, with an inspired tempo climb in the middle, and brilliant melodic and rhythmic work throughout. Gr8 track.

David Starfire
“Sitarfire” (mp3)
from “Bollyhood Bass”
(Six Degrees Travel Series)
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Tyde’s magnificent “Chairdance”

Tyde – “Chairdance” mp3

Starting innocently enough with some deceptively simple funky acoustic guitar strums, this track quickly grows into a virtuoso explosion of instrumental Celtic folk fusion. UK’s Tyde are three young players at the top of their game – on guitar, fiddle, and accordion – rocking together and exuding joy at every twist and turn. Hmm, did I say Celtic? This ambitious piece also recalls elements of Klezmer, and even a hint of Flamenco, not to mention every British Isles folk dance you can spill a Guinness too. This, my dears, is what they used to call “making music” back when music was played by actual people! Don’t get me started =) This is the real.

Tyde
“Chairdance” (mp3)
from “Tyde”
(Mrs Casey Records)
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Andrew Tosh and Kymani Marley sing Peter Tosh’s “Lessons In My Life”

Andrew Tosh – “Lessons In My Life (feat. Kymani Marley)” mp3

Andrew Tosh sounds a lot like his father, the gr8 Peter Tosh, and Kymani Marley sounds a lot like Tosh Senior’s fellow Wailer, the gr8 Bob Marley. Here we find Tosh the younger singing one of his dad’s wonderful tunes on a tribute album, joined by Marley the younger, a simple acoustic guitar strum, and a classic Jamaican style vocal chorus. Typical of Peter Tosh’s songs, “Lessons In My Life” is thoughtful, direct, and uniquely defiant. Some fine inspirational musical testimony that has only gained relevance a generation down. Enjoy.

Andrew Tosh
“Lessons In My Life (feat. Kymani Marley)” (download mp3)
from “Legacy – An Acoustic Tribute To Peter Tosh”
(Box 10 Entertainment Group, Inc.)
Lessons In My Life (feat. Kymani Marley) (play)

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Dodo – “Kashmir Yam Boys” (mp3)

Dodo – “Kashmir Yam Boys” (play)

Most chillaxin’ boogie-maxin’ waxin’ dubmatic on the super elastic bubble plastic. Whut? Yes, kittins, here we find an instrumental joint from London’s own Dodo, and it is fresh-tarded. Tabla-esque drummie patterns carry wind and string synthy tones on a wander through the middle and far east. Sounds rather like Asian Dub Foundation ate pot cookies with Jan Hammer and couldn’t stop giggling. Props to Subverse for the tip, I wouldna evar found this w/o his ever valiant digital vigilance. Another musical gift from the gr8 Interwhatnot, for your enjoyment, because we can. Byeee

Dodo
“Kashmir Yam Boys” (mp3)
from “Voodoo Bazaar”
(Freshly Squeezed Music)

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Esteemed Dodo renders “Kashmir Yam Boys”

Dodo – “Kashmir Yam Boys” mp3

Most chillaxin’ boogie-maxin’ waxin’ dubmatic on the super elastic bubble plastic. Whut? Yes, kittins, here we find an instrumental joint from London’s own Dodo, and it is fresh-tarded. Tabla-esque drummie patterns carry wind and string synthy tones on a wander through the middle and far east. Sounds rather like Asian Dub Foundation ate pot cookies with Jan Hammer and couldn’t stop giggling. Props to Subverse for the tip, I wouldna evar found this w/o his ever valiant digital vigilance. Another musical gift from the gr8 Interwhatnot, for your enjoyment, because we can. Byeee

Dodo
“Kashmir Yam Boys” (mp3)
from “Voodoo Bazaar”
(Freshly Squeezed Music)

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InCulto’s über-funkay “Sabroso”

InCulto – “Sabroso” mp3

Hell yeah! Presenting for your listening and hip-shakin’ pleasure, the worldly Lithuanian world music explosion that is InCulto. Expertly blending salsa, funk, disco, pop and the kitchen sink, this rockin’ quintet creates a special blend of their own they call Eastern European Funk. Honestly if you don’t dance to this or at least find yourself tappin’ your toes n’ fingers, seek medical attention. Dream bill: these guys and Gogol Bordello. I are a instant fan. Rock it!

InCulto
“Sabroso” (mp3)
from “Eastern European Funk EP”
(M.P.3 Agency)
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