This next instalment from Melbourne’s Left Ear Records is an album created to accompany contemporary jazz-dance classes – Percussions Pour La Danse – and was a 1980s collaboration between contemporary-dance instructor Tony Kennybrew and Jean-Pierre Boistel.
Tony – a Washington native who had studied, taught and danced professionally since the age of 12 – found himself in France in the late 1980’s, where he linked up with like-minded musician Jean-Pierre. The Frenchman had recently returned from a six month trip to West Africa.
According to Left Ear: “Tony used the music when teaching contemporary jazz-dance classes and to accompany live performance, allowing students to dance slowly, rapidly and change speeds without changing the tempo. In order to reach the spatial possibilities he was striving for, Jean-Pierre would also use computer assisted programming to sample and re-play his own instrumentation. This allowed him to lay down the tempo of the track and then play live over the top, which in turn gave him the freedom to add the desired instruments and effects to each song.”
Jean-Pierre’s use of the Kalimba, Talking Drum and Sanza gives the album a distinctly African sound, while contemporary jazz-dance time signatures adds a unique perspective to these traditional instrumentations.
It’s another wonderous and priceless treasure brought to us by Left Ear Records. Click here to visit the label’s website and hear their past reissues.
After a brief break WTM is back. Back with new content about great music from around the globe. We’re beginning with a new show today (Thursday 21st June), at 2pm (GMT), on KMAH Radio.
To tune in click here: KMAH.
The show will feature new music from Bonnie & Klein, Chancha Via Circuito, Emanative, Ekiti Sound, George Earnest, as well as the best forthcoming and current reissues from Chrisy Essien, Haruomi Hosono, Omer Coleman and loads more from artists from across the world. Full show tracklisting coming very soon, as well as related content, past show updates and new interviews and features. It’s good to be back!
Australian label Left Ear Records reissued the cult electro-soul jam by Shahara-Ja last year – here’s the amazing video of I’m An Arabian Knight if you missed it. Now, another cult star of electro – the Egyptian Lover – is remixing the track.
These reissues, remixes and a new audience has reignited a flame in the Arabian Knight. Here is Shahara-Ja performing in Melbourne last year.
From a lost Australian electro-soul gem we now have the Egyptian Lover’s remixes. The guys at Left Ear said: “Shahara-Ja’s I’m An Arabian Knight has gained much momentum since it’s 2017 reissue, so much so that the Egyptian Lover reached out to the label proclaiming he’d do a remix. The electro innovator, who the original release appears to be highly inspired by, seemed like a perfect fit for this sleazy late Night groover. The result is three fresh mixes using elements of the original session tapes and the perfect touch of the Egyptian Lover’s signature 808.”
Here is a preview of the forthcoming remix:
The Egyptian Lover started out as an L.A DJ and began recording around Los Angeles in 1982 as a member of the Radio Crew, as well as Uncle Jamm’s Army. He released some of the earliest rap LPs, but they were less popular than his singles. His most popular single was Egypt, Egypt. After a break in the early 1990s, Egyptian Lover returned in 1994 with Back from the Tomb, his first full-length album in over ten years. The Egyptian Lover also established his own record company, Egyptian Empire Records. His 2015 release, 1984, continued his tradition of using solely analog equipment, including his famed Roland TR-808. His music continues in 2018.
Shahara-Ja – I’m An Arabian Knight (Egyptian Lover Remixes) is out on April 1st.
Australian label Left Ear take their musical excavation to Spain and have compiled five deep and immersive compositions by Respuesta Alternativa on vinyl. Respuesta Alternativa, or ‘alternative response’, was a backlash production to traditional music at the time resulting in the cassette only album Grata Compania.
Jesús Mª Catalán (former keyboardist of Clandestine Modes) played keyboards and percussion, while also enlisting the help of Julián C. Pérez on guitars, bass and production. There were also collaborations by Fernando Largo and Carlos Redondo, the EP is dedicated to their memory. It was recorded and mixed at Estudios Frassinelli, in Oviedo, Spain, in 1985 and 1986.
The record is out now and is to the usual high standards of this trans-nationally orientated label.
It was one of the highlights of 2017 on Left Ear Records. Minoru ‘Hoodoo’ Fushimi’s In Praise of Mitochondria. The great man has kindly translated his interview (he did with WTM earlier this year) for our Japanese readers.
To read it: Click here.
If you missed it first time, visit the WTM Japan section.
Minoru’s music featured in World Treasures Music ‘best of the year’ show. Uploading tomorrow.