Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lianne La Havas - Forget (Best Fit Session)

I'm not sure that anyone in music has a better voice than Lianne La Havas. I have a feeling she is a force people will be taking notice of even though she is being slept on at the moment. Brilliant performance.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Socavon - Quitate de mi Escalera

This is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. It comes from Columbia. It comes from long ago, it manifests itself now and echos the future. I can hear so much of humanity/the world's different cultures in it. What comes to mind metaphorically is the fact that there was once a super continent that scientists call "Columbia", which seems fitting. Here is wikipedia's entry, it's your job to hear/see where I coming from or to dismiss my thoughts as that of a crazy man washing his cat with a sponge whilst listening to world music:

"Columbia is estimated to have been about 12,900 kilometres from North to South, and about 4,800 km across at its broadest part. The east coast of India was attached to western North America, with southern Australia against western Canada. Most of South America spun so that the western edge of modern-day Brazil lined up with easternNorth America, forming a continental margin that extended into the southern edge of Scandinavia."

'Gualajo' tocando currulao en las eliminatorias del Festival de la Marimba

Fantastic marimba playing from Groupo Gualajo de Columbia. Columbia has such a rich musical history, it's a shame the rest of the world hardly takes notice.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ustad Vilayat Khan & Hidayat Hussain Rageshree - Sitar masters

Really lovely sitar duo between father and son. I highly recommend Ustad Vilayat Khan's album: The Supreme Genius... It is great for meditating or just simply relaxing. You can download it in great audio quality over at the wonderful blog Ghost Capital.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ane Brun - Do You Remember (Official Video HD)

This Ane Brun song is pretty unique and full of talent but when heard along with this great video for a visual it is really entertaining/a bit psychedelic.

Tune-Yards - Real Live Flesh (official video)

I have posted some Tune-Yards tracks before but this is one of my favorite videos of hers and a damn good song so I had to throw it up here. PS See her live if you have the chance, you won't regret it.

The Vulcans - Star Trek

One of my favorite Dub/Instrumental Reggae tunes. Dig that futuristic synth.

The Slits - I Heard It Through The Grapevine (bassline)

Fantastic version of Heard It Through The Grapevine by a fantastic punk band called The Slits. That bassline! That breakdown!

Oidupaa Vladimir Oiun - There Are Many Tears Here Gained

Really crazy good throat singer/accordion player from Mongolia. Tuvan throat singing is a really amazing style of music that is relatively unknown. The masters of this form of music are able to sing up to four notes at a time, in effect allowing them to harmonize with themselves. If you would like to hear more/know more about Tuvan throat singing look up my good friend Db Pedersen, he is one of the best in the midwest. Also, there is a great documentary called Genghis blues which is an enjoyable watch and centers around Tuvan throat singing. Whole film here: Genghis Blues

Sun Ra - Nuclear War

Another one of my favorite Sun Ra tracks. Definitely the soundtrack I hear in my head when dumb ass politicians and macho military men threaten the use of nuclear warheads.

Sun Ra - Angels and Demons at Play

Sun Ra is one of my all time favorite jazz artists and this is one of my favorite tracks from him. Someone in the comments section says it well: "If you keep listening to Sun Ra, over time, many of his tracks seem to grow and change in mysterious ways."

Palov & Mishkin - Et De Clarinete

Not quite cumbia, not quite jazz but quite a groovy tune by Pavlov & Mishkin.

Cu Oonuh (Schlachthofbronx edit)

Some Dancehall from Reggie Stepper - Cu Oonuh (Schlachthofbronx edit) to brighten your day.