[Music] Various Artists – Palenque Palenque: Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975 – 91

Colombia is noted for its melange of European, Indigenous and African cultures which have produced gorgeous women, amazing cuisine and, of course, some of the wildest music in South America, giving the mighty Brazil a run for its money.

From the Bandcamp website:

Boasting twenty one pulsating tracks drawn from the northern coasts of Colombia, ‘Palenque Palenque!’ reveals a unique and fascinating story of how Afro Colombian music developed from the 1970s onwards and how the local sound-systems in Cartagena and Barranquilla played such an important role in shaping the sound of the Colombian champeta.

Co-compiled by Lucas Silva (resident of Bogota and owner of Palenque Records) and Soundway Records’ Miles Cleret, the album highlights the long relationship that the Caribbean coast of Colombia has with Africa stretching back to the 17th century. Specifically, the rise of the percussion heavy champeta sound, born out of a wave of popularity for psychedelic Afro, Latin & Caribbean music inspired by the DJs of the time.

The influence of the sound-systems spread to local artists as well as re-energising traditional African folk songs and rhythms that had survived since the days of slavery. Record labels recognized the major change in direction from the days when cumbia and porro ruled the hearts of the ghettoes and began employing bands that began experimenting and tapping into these new cultural and musical movements. Disco Fuentes were one of the first labels to recognize this sudden swing and duly signed Wganda Kenya who went onto record some of the first Afrobeat records in Colombia. The trend in recording African music continued at pace with labels like Machuca, Discos Tropical, Orbe & Costeño quickly adapting to the newly adopted sound of the Palenques and bands like Son Palenque, Cumbia Siglo XX and La Cumbia Moderna de Soledad went onto readapt Afrobeat rhythms with a Caribbean slant.

The vinyl version comes as a triple LP with two extra bonus tracks.

“Every track on this revelatory compilation throws a new element into the oddball mix.”
-The Telegraph 5/5

“Abelardo! It’s great music, and it fills a space, stylistically and sonically, that was previously empty.”
-Pitchfork 8/2

A revolutionary comp, giving the African Colombian music community their due.

[Music] Donnacha Costello – Together

Some sad news.  No, no, not a passing!  Donnacha Costello, the second-finest composer based in Dublin (sorry, folks – Daniel Figgis is still number one in these parts) is taking time off from recording music.

In an act of magnanimous generosity, however, he is offering the whole of his digital back catalog for the more-than-fair price of €15.

Together is a perfectly drone-laden slice of ambient heaven, relaxing to the ear, and a fine way for Donnacha to say farewell until he is ready to grace experimental music with his return.

[Music] Bill Seaman ~ The Topologies of Blue — a closer listen

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Bill Seaman‘s The Topologies of Blue is a little sweet and a little scary, like a Sour Patch Kids commercial in reverse. The album is inspired by Gestalt psychology and the treatment of blue conditions. The packaging ~ lovely in letterpress ~ includes disturbing imagery. To listen is to be lulled into a narcotic haze, beautiful yet […]

via Bill Seaman ~ The Topologies of Blue — a closer listen

[Music] archiv: merzbow

Our friends at the sunday experience share the wonders of Merzbow.

the sunday experience

archive review originally posted on the losing today site mid 00’s ……

MERZBOW
TAMAGO
(Plan DX 17)

Expensive and ultra limited to only 350 hand numbered copies, (my copy incidentally number 302) housed in an egg shaped hinged card sleeve and specially commissioned by Plan DX-17. ‘Tamago’ as though if by surprise, is as uncompromising as anything previously laid down by Merzbow.

Merzbow, as though introductions are of any consequence or relevance, is Masami Akita who to date has released more albums than most people have eaten hot dinners, admittedly we lost count sometime in the mid 90’s. Prolific isn’t in it, such is his release rate he could arguably keep not one but maybe four or five labels working busily on overtime until Kingdom come with each passing collection continually pushing the boundaries of the previous. Widely recognized as the expert exponent in the field of noise his analogue…

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[Music] Scott Walker – Farmer In The City

The loss of Scott Walker is about as monumental for many as was the loss of, say, David Bowie or Mark Hollis.  Though I had known about his pop music (including the reinterpretation of Jacques Brel’s hit, Le Chanson de Jacky), this song was a revelation.  It was so far removed from pop music that I figured it sounded more like a combination of cabaret music done by experimental or apocalyptic folk musicians.  It was a brilliant career pivot, and he ended up working with some really intriguing characters until his passing yesterday.