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Eduardo Niebla & Antonio Forcione - Sun Step
Spanish and Italian acoustic guitar maestros, Eddie n’ Tony team up for a Pan-Latin epic. Just sit back and feel the sun on your face.
Serge Gainsbourg with Michel Colombier - Breakdown Suite
A little noir masterpiece from Serge’s much sampled ‘Les Annees Psychedeliques, 1966-1971’ collection. Moody and funky, much like the man himself.
Flowered Up - It’s On (Feel Pain Mix)
Camden’s Tarn’s baggy costermongers in a Balearic/Latin pan pipe bump ‘n grind trawl fru post-acid house London. Altogether now ‘I like French ones!’
Von Sudenfed - Flooded
One of the stand-out tracks from last year’s Mouse On Mars/Mark E Smith collaboration - a bleepy lo-tec techno snarl where MES declares that ‘he’s the DJ for the night because the other DJ has pissed the fucking bed.’ Charming!
Bam Bam - Where’s Your Child?
It’s over 20 years since acid house first began to filter through from Chicago to UK dance floors and if any tune deserves to be placed in the history books as exemplifying the futuristic nightmare vision of urban alienation that acid conjured it’s this terrifying masterpiece. No Bam Bam, no Aphex Twin!
Trampled Rose - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
A haunting little Appalachian love song from the rightly lauded Raising Sand LP. Hillbilly soul and no mistake.
Moreno Veloso + 2 - Duesa Do Amor
A gorgeous slice of Brazilian voice n’ guitar with the faintest hint of a background bossa shuffle and a Miles style outro. Sweet!
The Associates - Love Hangover
Billy MacKenzie does Diana Ross? It sounds preposterous, it IS preposterous! But it’s ace nevertheless.
Hubert Laws - Family
Jazz-Funk boogie with a message about family n’ shit. Cool!
Alex Reece - Jazz Master (Kruder & Dorfmeister remix)
Whatever happened to Alex Reece? Or K&D for that matter? Back when drum n’ bass sounded like the future, this sounded like the future. Now it’s the past. Work that one out Einstein.
Dobie Gray - You Can Do It
Cash in disco with more than a hint of the Tony Orlandos about it, but a winner nonetheless.
Barbara Jones - Never Let Me Go
A sunny 7 inches of prime Lovers for lovers of sunny 7 inches.
Panda Bear - Good Girl/Carrots
A tad shy of 13 minutes worth of Tribal drumming, gobbledey gook lyrics, lurching dub basslines, Northern stomping, reverb, Inuit throat warbling, Tibetan finger cymbals & Noah Lennox's plaintive vocals. If you don't already own the phantasmagorical "Person Pitch" might we humbly suggest going & availing yourself of it RIGHT FUCKING NOW.
Jay Dee - Games & Funky Things (Instrumental)
Barry White production formerly used as a theme by the Big Dawg 'imself, His Holiness Timothy of Westwood - recently snagged on a 7 for 20p in one of the all too intermittent
CDL Charity Shop snatch missions.
Lovefingers - Kentucky
Christ alone knows what the original is but ol' Funky Spingers is bang on the dough with his edit, the get.
The Bee Gees - Love You Inside & Out
Quite how that intro hasn't been pilfered for sampling purposes is beyond my ken, unless it has in which case disregard this spiel.
Bill Nelson - Another Willingly Opened Window
The former Be Bop Deluxer heads right up his own hoop on this "experimental" LP from 1981 but this the opener on Side 2 makes the rest of the guff worth sticking with.
The Glimmer Twins - Music For Dreams
With those darn sickeningly talented Nordic types Lindstrom & Prins Thomas along for the ride this is one of the stand out cuts from their "The Glimmers are Gee Gee Fazzi" see-dy
Terry Riley - A Rainbow In Curved Air
If there was an award for the most cloyingly idealistic sleevenotes, this LP'd win by a country milebut as there isn't currently any such award (nor is there likely to be if we're honest) the 18 predominantly beatless minutes that make up side 1 will just have to do.
Hercules/Love Affair feat Anthony - Blind
In any right minded society this'd piss all over the records set by Bryan Adams/Smack Smack Smack for the longest running Number 1 but we don't so it won't - comfort yourself by simply listening.
The Higsons - Run Me Down (Instrumental)
Not sure if this is a parody of the Spand’s Paint Me Down with a similar Beggar & Co like funky structure but both the extended version on side one of this Two Tone 12 inch and the instrumental version are both great whereas Put The Punk Back Into Funk Pt 1 sounds like Discharge meets Defunkt. Now that’s what I call punk-funk daddio!
Café Del Lar Classics # 1 : Rice Music - Masami Tsuchiya (Epic, 1982)
Opening with the title track, a typically Nipponese plink plonk rhythm underpinned by Japan’s Mick Karn’s trademark rubber band basslines, Rice Music is an album that could’ve only been made in the early 80s. It sets the tone for ten tracks of ‘globalearic’ grooves that throw everything at the wall to see what sticks. Se! Se! Se! is a funky Talking Heads style global groove with itchy n’ scratchy guitars and Tom Tom Club-esque shouty stream-of-consciousness vocals. Haina-Haila is a tribal drum fest with Karn’s drunken master bassline and what sounds like Japanese schoolgirls (infact backing vocalists Eve, Nachiko and Yoko) chanting mantras over a Buddhist monk’s sermon. It is perhaps the greatest tribal drum, squelchy bass, Buddhist chant tune ever recorded. Tao-Tao ups the tempo with a flinty funk-pop workout. Side one’s closing track, Neo-Rice Music borrows the main riff from Tao-Tao and slows it down to a drowsy, dream-like drool.
On side 2, Kafka opens with a weird discordant cello sound effect over a dislocated voice that builds gradually with an synth-accordian/bubbly bassline (the midpoint between Kraftwerk’s The Model and Nirvana’s Come As You Are) jam. Rice Dog Jam barks it’s intentions in another take on Mutant Disco’s frantic arty post-funk with syncopated woofs, megaphone vocals and Toshio Nakanishi’s ‘preaching.’ Secret Party is a murky, underwater orgy of mysterious oozy sounds and textures for which the term ‘Balearic As Fuck’ could have been invented, whereas Silent Object is a beautiful ambient instrumental that evokes the calm meditative pools of a Japanese garden.
The LP closes with Night In The Park, a Bowie-esque vocal over a traditional pop structure reminiscent of post-Eno Roxy.
With the ubiquitous assistance of Riuichi Sakamoto, Bill Nelson, Japan’s Mick Karn and Steve Jansen and with Tsuchiya not only providing vocals but playing everything from guitar, drums, synth and bass to bamboo percussion, koto and yokin, (Kiyohiko Semba also provides wadaiko, tsuzumi and tabla percussion) cynics could maybe criticise Rice Music as an exercise in plastic Orientalism for worthier-than-thou world music wannabes. Yet, at a time when the likes of Sakamoto, Bowie, Japan, Eno, Byrne and Nelson were blurring the boundaries the ethnic and the experimental, the traditional and the transcendental, Rice Music is an LP that constantly throws up surprises and only underlines the energy and imagination of post-punk pop during this era.
The cover shows the artist sat at a desk in a fetching mauve trolly dolly meets International Rescue outfit. His heavily made-up, prettily androgynous face stares enigmatically into the distance, one hand balanced on his chin, the other plucking a guitar. To his left is a huge globe, angled to show Japan, China and the far east. The message is simple; the world is shrinking and old codes of sexuality and culture no longer matter. ‘New York-London-Paris-Munich-(Tokyo), everyone‘s talking about Pop Music! In 1982, anything appeared possible.
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