World Treasures Radio show now available (with tracklist): 5th Notional and Ekiti Sound in focus

The latest World Treasures Music radio show is now available to catch up on and features a new interpretation of Japanese ambiance by 5th Notional and a track called Ife by new transnational outfit – Ekiti Sound.

Ekiti Sound is Leke, aka CHiF, a Nigerian and London-based producer, vocalist and musician who has just signed to Crammed Discs after working on soundtracks in the Nollywood film industry. He makes futuristic fusion music that transcends borders. This video is pretty natty too and is directed by Sam Campbell, who shot it in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria:

“Ife means the greatest love in Yoruba,” Lefe says. “The song weaves a traditional raspy vocal from Ekiti Sound collaborator Prince G. The deep sub bass energy rides on the signature heavy tribal drums and patterns of Ekiti sound lifting into a ethereal breakdown melody that sticks in your head.”

Ekiti Sound’s debut album Abeg No Vex is planned for release in November.

Also featured in the latest show is a track from the priceless reissue of 5th Notional’s Yawn Yawn Yawn by Archeo Recordings. Manu at Archeo has been reissuing grails from his native Italy since 2014. This mellow masterpiece of Japanese ambient music has been delivered in a three vinyl pack with new remixes from some of Japan’s finest – Chee Shimizu, Yabe, Kuniyuki, as well as Tokyo DJ Max Essa. All of these tracks are absolutely beautiful and they have been staples of recent World Treasures shows and mixes.

More selections from the latest show will be covered in the coming days, including features of new albums by Chancha Via Circuita, El Malon Del Gaucho and Emanative. Also coming up is a feature on Japanese visionary Haruomi Hosono and the forthcoming packages from Light In The Attic Records, as well as an interview with Romanian music pioneer – Rodion.

Listen to the show:

Tracklist

George Earnest – A Storm

5th Notional – Song With No Words (Laughing Instrumental)

Chancha Via Circuita – Ilaló (feat. Mateo Kingman)

Copenema – Te Faz Bem (mix master 2)

Bonnie & Klein – Iris

Emanative – Dawn Child (Sunrise)

Emanative – Iyaami (ft Dele Sosimi)

Chancha Via Circuita – Kawa Kawa (feat. Kaleema)

Falz – This Is Nigeria

Ekiti Sound – Ife

Haruomi Hosono – Laugh-Gas

Haruomi Hosono – Orgone Box

Omer Coleman – So Good (Instrumental)

Pat Ca$h – Cajibre

Omer Coleman – Lovin Babe Sure Is Fun (Vocal Edit)

El Malon Del Gaucho – Molina

Pastor T. L. Barrett – Jesus, Lover Of My Soul

Pastor T. L. Barrett –  Do Not Pass My By

Letta Mbulu – Kilimandjaro Take Us Higher

Bakambi N Kela – Kilimanjoro

Christy Essien – You Can’t Change A Man

Uta Bella – Enyin

George Earnest – A Sea

Christy Essien – Goodbye

Finally, posting this now that the controversy has died down a bit. Falz’s parody/pastiche/inspired take on Childish Gambino’s This Is America attracted praise and criticism in huge quantities. Positive perspectives focused on this comedian’s biting staire and social commentary. Negative perspectives focused on specific lyrics that stereotyped Nigerians, without the slightest recognition of irony or intention. It is hard to deny that art should create a reaction,

Post-punk genius: Lizzy on Light In The Attic

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All images courtesy of Light In The Attic Records

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The seminal genius of French artist Lizzy Mercer Descloux is celebrated in a reissue of her classic debut LP by the purveyors of the finest archive material, Light In The Attic. Press Colour is a supreme selection of this auteur’s music and songwriting.

Her covers  of well known classics in her unique style – Fire being the best example – helped paint the landscape of the experimental post-punk scene and paved the way for new realms of creativity throughout the subsequent decades. The musical period she was part of will be continually scoured for inspiration and post-modern references.

This release comes with extensive photos of the period and thorough liner notes as usual. A great release after a brief spell off for this label.

Mercier Descloux grew up in Lyon and returned to Paris in her teens to attend art school. With her partner, Michel Esteban, she helped establish the punk movement in France and the magazine Rock News. Mercier Descloux and Esteban moved to New York in 1977, meeting Michael Zilkha, with whom Esteban formed ZE Records. With guitarist D.J. Barnes (Didier Esteban), Mercier Descloux formed the performance art duo Rosa Yemen and recorded a mini-album for ZE in 1978. The following year, ZE released her solo debut LP