Sunday, November 06, 2016

Hypothetical mixtape: December 2015

I think this one has come out rather well. You're welcome.

"Nibiru (ft Afrika Bambaataa)", by I.F.O. This is released on Nicolas Jaar's Other People label. And it's not hard to infer that Jaar himself is behind the music, too. It has his particular style of slightly woozy synthesizer action (or whatever is the opposite of action). Of course, I could be completely wrong. Of special interest is where it goes at the seven-minute mark, but you really have to listen to the whole thing in order to get to that point. (Not available on the internets at this juncture, or so it would seem; so here is a dropbox link for a little while, as long as nobody minds.)

"Walk On Gilded Splinters", by Marsha Hunt. From the opening sitar-and-bongos one-two punch, you know you are onto something nice. Hunt was responsible for a song from my childhood, "(Oh No! Not!) The Beast Day". This has a similar swamp gumbo feel to it, which is not at all surprising given that it is a Dr John original. Get your voodoo rising. ("Produced and arranged by Tony Visconti." There. That got you sitting up.)

"Fama Allah", by (this is my best guess) Idrissa Soumaoro et l'Eclipse de l'I.J.A. So, it does something a bit similar to "A Taste Of Honey" at the outset. But that's where the similarities end. Featuring, if this YouTube clip is to be believed, a young Amadou & Mariam. Originally released, as far as I can figure out, in 1984 on an East German record label. There must be a story there.

"Adaletin Bu Mu Dunya", by Selda. Turkish freak-out is the best freak-out there is. 

"Hello Bitches", by CL. K-pop is unbeatable, but even more so when it gets, uh, "nasty". (See also "F**k You", by Ga In.) Sickest beats in Seoul.

Next, we bring you three insane slabs of dub madness, all created by Scientist: "Beaming"; "Drum Song Dub" (you know this one); and "Steppers" (the latter from the modestly titled "The Best Dub Album In The World").

"Amazing And Wonderful", by Peaking Lights. When I hear anything by these guys I am never less than impressed. Why that hasn't compelled me to listen further probably says more about me. Also, why does this remind me of "The Call-Up"? Plus, there's a bit of The Pop Group going on with the guitar line that turns up at about 3:25. Actually, you know what? Best song ever. Until the next one.

"XTC", by DJ Koze. Kids, don't do drugs.

"Feel No Pain (Nellee Hooper Remix)", by Sade. What do you get when you combine Sade with the Wild Bunch? Second-sickest beats of the month.

"I Believe In Miracles", by The Jackson Sisters. Different Jacksons. But good.

"Audience Of One", by The Peter Peter Ivers Band (sic). From out of the murkiest depths of some glam rock / RAK pop hell crawls ... um ... this. No, I don't know either.

(Bonus: album cover of the month.)
"Evangeline", by Cass McCombs. As regular as clockwork, Cass McCombs turns up with another pop earworm to destroy your brain. (Have I just been a bit slow on the uptake, or has he, on his new album, "Mangy Love", taken it to the next level?)

"Nosce Te Ipsum", by Nhor. Once upon a time, Stereolab had their own web site which, on the home page, an extremely tasty short loop of music started playing. (I think it may have turned up as part of an actual song on one of their many odds-and-sods collections but I don't have time right now.) This sounds like that.