When you’re seen as ugly/unattractive, like it or not, you use whatever means at hand to sell yourself to others. An ugly truth, but that’s how it goes. Yeoman Lowbrow of FLASHBAK writes on the cheesecake covers of Les Baxter, Bert Kaempfert and Martin Denny, none of whom broke any mirrors due to their vile …
One of Italy’s finest combos, Cinedelic, take on Brazilian grooves and wild library and soundtrack music.
Another classic podcast by Adam Kvasnica, who spins timeless weird Iranian grooves.
A bit of easy listening today, courtesy of Andy Loore (who is Janko Nilović under a pseudonym) partnering with Paul Kass.
All credit goes to my friend Thomas for hipping me to Assa’d Khoury, the king of Syrian electronic belly dance groove music.
Funky Jazz from the house band of the Soviet state record label, the Melodiya Ensemble. There’s almost no info on the band, but there is an article on Soviet Funk, so enjoy.
After the hell and fury surrounding the cowardly attacks on French, Lebanese and Iraqi citizens over the last few days, as well as a local scare around here, it’s good to calm the mind with the schmaltz of Takako Minekawa, covering this instrumental space-rock classic in an easy-listening-sort-of way.
This one comes from South Korea, courtesy of my good friend, Max Franosch, who has a taste for music I respect deeply. Lucid Fall have a sound that remind some chilled-out neo-soul band married to a Dylanesque bossa nova sound. This guy is worth keeping an eye on!
Grupa Marina Škrgatića are one of a score of magnificent groups which came out of the former Yugoslavia who produced music of ridiculously high quality. As usual, there’s little information in English about the band, so it’s best to use Chrome or Firefox and see if you can translate this.
Some happy beat music from Italian conductor and arranger Gianni Ferrio!