[Music] Looking For The Balearic Beat / December 2018 — Ban Ban Ton Ton

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Paraphrasing the Soul Sonic Force and sorting through today`s releases for tunes that could have graced Alfie & Leo`s Amnesia dance floor. JMS have reissued Henri Texier`s first two LPs. Amir from 1976, and Varech from 1977. The cover of the latter will be familiar to anyone who`s visited the Growing Bin, since Basso has […]

via Looking For The Balearic Beat / December 2018 — Ban Ban Ton Ton

What a wonderful blog they run!  If you haven’t squandered all of your Christmas loot yet, Ban Ban Ton Ton have quite an impressive list of records you might want to consider adding to your collection, as well as a Mixcloud podcast to give you a sample of each.

[Music Podcast] Xmas Mizzztape by Debbie Wayne

Thanks very much to Debbie Wayne for posting one of the coolest Christmas podcasts I’ve heard in years!

Here’s the track list:

  1. Things Fall Apart – Cristina
  2. Xmas With Simon – The Fall
  3. Motel Christmas (excerpt) – James Ferraro
  4. Ding Dong – X-Ray Pop
  5. La bataille de neige – Dominique Dumont
  6. Doux Christmas, Noël Soft – Les Amis au Pakistan
  7. No More Christmas Blues – Alan Vega
  8. Breakfast At Christmas – Hillcrest Club
  9. Christmas On Riverside Drive – August Darnell
  10. Partytime – Graeme Miller & Steve Hill
  11. The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Winston Tong
  12. Belle Tristesse 妙なる悲しみ – Miharu Koshi
  13. Noëlle à Hawaii – Antena
  14. Christmas in Suburbia – The Cleaners From Venus
  15. She’s Coming Home – The Wailers

[Music] ʻĀina – Lead Me To The Garden


Aloha Got Soul’s latest release is a reissue of a rare psychedelic Christian folk record by a Hawaiian project called ʻĀina, which, according to their Bandcamp album site, “means land or earth in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, the Hawaiian language.”

It’s definitely a product of the 1970s, full of hippy vibes, a naïve sense of idealism, and themes which would be recognizable to people who go to Pentecostal Churches. There was nothing bad about this release at all. It was a smooth, mellow and enjoyable listen.

[Music] Abd al-Rahman al-Khamissi – عبد الرحمن الخميسي – Music from the Soundtrack “Respectable Families”


Welcome to the world of easy (cheesy) listening out of… Cairo?!  Yes!!  According to the bio over at his Bandcamp page, “Abd al-Rahman El Khamissi (bio in Arabic only) is an Egyptian poet, writer, journalist, dramatist, radio producer, film director, composer and talent scout for famous Egyptian actors such as Soad Hosni.  He has been seen as a great romanticist and one of the finest Egyptian poets.  Khamissi’s versatile talents as an artist and story teller portrayed in many ways the aspirations of Egyptian society.”

There is an elegance in this release mixing tango, the aforementioned easy listening and the better elements of soundtrack music.  Many thanks to the folks at Radio Martiko who selflessly dedicated their efforts into releasing this gem.