Greek electronics and free jazz duo – Kolida Babo and their self titled album for MIC is an important uniting soundscape for a cross section of artists

This one is causing a stir – with Kolida Babo’s blend of modular electronics gaining plaudits from everyone from sonic master The Bug, through to jazz and world critics on 6Music – such is the technical wizardry and auditory wonder of this album.

Kolida Babo is the collaboration between two Greek woodwind musicians from separate regions – Socratis Votskos is from Pella, and Harris P is from Athens. This, their debut album, was recorded in improvised live-take sessions beginning on the night of the “Kolida Babo” folk rituals of music and dance in northern Greece in winter 2013.

The sessions proceeded over three years, exploring the ancient music of Armenia and the folk traditions of northern Greece’s Epirus and Thrace regions alongside abstract electronics and free jazz. The MIC labal states: “As musicians of modern Greece, the sonic palette is developed in part as a means of processing the country’s immediate actualities: its relation to its regional traditions, its urban centres and its humanitarian and economic crises. In this, the music is at once clearly located in traditional sounds and disjointed from them, at times contrasting or harmonious in both concept and sound”.

If you don’t know the label MIC, get to know. Their varied output is throwing up some of the most important records of modern times.

R.I.P Demis Roussos

Demis Roussos sold more than 60 million albums worldwide and was also a member of progressive rock group Aphrodite’s Child. He had been in a private hospital in Athens with an undisclosed illness for some time, and died surrounded by his family.

Demis Roussos, 1947 - 2015.

Demis Roussos, 1947 – 2015

Aphrodite’s Child bandmate Vangelis paid tribute: “Demis my friend.

“I have just arrived in London and I’ve been told that you decide to take the long voyage, I’m shocked because I can’t believe that this happened so soon. Nature gave you this magic voice of yours which made millions of people around the world very happy.”

Demis Roussos, from Forever And Ever LP

Demis Roussos, from Forever And Ever LP

Self-titled LP cover featuring the disco bomb - L.O.V.E Got A Hold On Me

Self-titled LP cover featuring the disco bomb – L.O.V.E Got A Hold On Me

Truly a World Treasure – I DIg You is a classic record for the dancefloor and a personal fave.

Here’s Let It Happen, another gorgeous song and this video is beautiful.

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