Mr Bongo are proudly reissuing the debut single from the mighty Brazilian artist Tim Maia. This was originally released after the maestro came back top his homeland from the USA in the late 1960’s. It’s a highly sought after record among collectors in its original form, thanks to Mr Bongo it is now available to mere mortals like us.
Dur-Dur Band – Intro Vol.2
Don Rendell and Ian Carr Quintet – Black Mosque
Khalab – Dense (ft. Shabaka Hutchings & Tommaso Cappellato)
Dengue Dengue Dengue – Pua (ft. Penya)
Minimal Afrika – Swamp
Khalab – Zaire
Minimal Afrika – Tropifunkammammet
Kawuku Sound – Many Hands
D. Tiffany – Spirit Alien (Jayda G Esoteric Mix)
D. Tiffany – Who Me (Roza Terenzi Remix)
Minimal Afrika – Swamp
Jean-Pierre Boistel, Tony Kenneybrew – Remedios
Jean-Pierre Boistel, Tony Kenneybrew – Dans Le Secret & Clepsydre
Natsukashii – Horsey Sunset
Cuavo – In Search Of The Essence (ft Jessica Lauren)
Afro National – Push Am Forward
Afro National – Mr Who You Be
Joe King Kologbo & The High Grace – Sugar Daddy
Kamal Tarbas – Min Ozzaina Seebak Seeb (Forget The Haters)
Saied Khalifa – Igd Allooli (The Pearl Necklace)
Group as Salaam – Track 4 (OtCRC003)
Sandman Project – Circles
Mahakala – Desert Road
Mahakala – The Exodus
Big tip on this one – Afro Bass Vol. 1 will be released on November 23rd by the Beating Heart label and is a rich journey through a variety of vintage recordings from 1950s Tanzania, with an electronic twist for the dancefloor – these are essential bits of Afro-house.
The fresh interpretations come from five artists creating from Scotland through to Finland, via London. This EP is the first in a series. 2Fox’s opener Lonzania is superb and is a tried and tested dance-floor favourite, sampling the voices of the Hangaza women of Tanzania. The Busy Twist provide the late-night track Wa Wa Wine. Austin Ato samples the Haya women of Tanzania in Awakasi. The traditional wailing is from a wedding procession song and features deeply groovy tribal drumming. Boys Ride Bikes’ Resonate samples an otter hunting song from the Haya people, with cries of hunting dogs, the bells around hunters’ necks and a dubbed out bassline. Finally, Maajo’s tropical dub Umefika samples ancestral voices singing of arriving in Marangu a small village on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. A tasty package indeed.
Here is a great video put out by Soundway, featuring a previous release by The Busy twist:
Here’s a link to some more music released on Beating Heart, differing from the release details above…some clarity needed (?)…but more great music nevertheless. Links to Beating Heart in the info:
Habibi Funk’s next release Jazz Jazz Jazz is the sole album by Sudanese band, The Scorpions, with Saif Abu Bakr on vocals. Recorded in Kuwait in 1980 it’s a unique fusion of styles ranging from jazz, rock, folk and funk to more Sudanese-rooted tracks – including modernised versions of traditional rhythms and excursions into Congolese Soukouss.
All Habibi Funk reissues have been compilations so far, with curators’ favourite selections of tracks by one artist. This album is their first 1:1 re-release. Original copies sell on eBay for up to $1000.
Listen to World Treasures Music Radio:
Dur Dur Band – Intro Vol. 2
Dur Dur Band – Haddii Aanan Gacaloy
Rastafari Syndicate – King Step
Jonah Dan – Wah Do Dem Dub
Dengue Dengue Dengue – Ayani Huni Kuin – Habu Raminibu (Dengue Dengue Dengue and Joutro Mundo Version)
Boards of Canada – Seeya Later
Henji Sawai – Hikobae
Tiago – Von Pili
Yasuaki Shimizu – Tamare-Tamare
Hycentto Junior – DJ Celebrate Mix
Andre Tanker – River Come Down
Alpha and Omega – Majesty
Spartacus R. – 2-4-1 Names
Barbartuques – Baiana (Wolf Muller Drum Drop)
Unusual Sounds is a deep dive into an unfamiliar musical universe – and is part of the renaissance and current reissue movement of library music. In the heyday of low-budget television and scrappy genre filmmaking, producers who needed a soundtrack for their commercial entertainments could reach for a selection of library music – LPs of stock recordings to fit any mood or situation.
The use of such records was mostly for cost-cutting when certain productions couldn’t afford to hire their own composer. Library publishers became major financial successes in the end and much of their work is now being revisited and celebrated. In fact, many of these anonymous or pseudonymous scores-on-demand were crafted by the some of the greatest musical minds of the late 20th century. Many expert musicians and innovative composers revelled in the freedoms offered, paradoxically, by this most corporate of fields.
The forthcoming compilation is the perfect companion to the David Hollander curated book Unusual Sounds: The Hidden History of Library Music is out now on Anthology Editions, with the 20 tracks out on November 9th. It encapsulates the niche and fascinating subculture of library music. Genre splicing music and the astonishingly complex hybrids can today be found in cartoons, video games and sampled by the likes of Jay-Z, DANGER DOOM and Gnarls Barkley, as well as scores to films by Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson.
This compilation includes compositions by Brainticket founder Joel Vandroogenbroeck, KPM Allstars John Cameron and Keith Mansfield, Montenegrin-born composer Janko Nilović, and the Italian film composer Stefano Torossi – among many others on this choice selection.
David Hollander (pictured below) is a producer, music supervisor, writer and collector living in Texas. A lifelong record collector, his library music collection is considered by many to be one of the finest of its kind in the world.
1. Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare
2. Stefano Torossi – Running Fast (track not available digitally)
3. D. Patucchi – La Dimostrazione
4. Klaus Weiss – Survivor
5. Janko Nilovic – Xenos Cosmos
6. V. Geminiani – Ophis Le Serpentaire
7. Stringtronics – Tropicola
8. Stefano Torossi – Feeling Tense (track not available digitally)
9. Gary Pacific Orchestra – Soft Wind
10. John Cameron – Half Forgotten Daydreams
11. F. Micalizzi – Night Breeze
12. Les Hurdle, Kathleen Poppy & Madeline Bell – You’ve Got What It Takes
13. Electric Machine – Fancy Good
14. C. Cordio & F. Vinciguerra – Quips and Cranks
15. Les Hurdle & Frank Ricotti – Dissolves
16. Joel Vandroogenbroeck & Walt Rockman – Fairy Tale
17. Mladen Franko – Weeping Eelgrass
18. Peter Patzer – Mild Maniac
19. Joel Vandroogenbroeck & Marc Monsen – Group Meditation
20. Roland Hollinger – Dream Number Two
Burundian-born J.P. Bimeni has a voice like Otis Redding and is celebrating the release of his debut album Free Me on Tucxone Records. A descendant of the Burundian royal family, Bimeni fled his country aged 15 during the 1993 civil war. His story is unique – three attempts were made on his life. At school he watched his schoolmates being murdered, he was chased by motorcycle militia-men and poisoned by doctors in hospital. Finally, he fled to the UK after being given refugee status.
Free Me is out now and details of his gig, at Ronnie Scott’s, are pictured below on the flier.
For Bimeni, music is a way to survive: “You can’t entertain the pain of your problems all the time – you have to put them away and let something else fill the space where it’s just been pain, worry and terror,” he says. “It’s my dream to return to Burundi one day – but I always remember that getting shot enabled me to meet the world.”
Free Me is out now and is on Tucxone Records.