[Music] An introduction to Ethio-Jazz in 10 records

Chris May at The Vinyl Factory has done a great job making choices for introducing their vinyl junkie readership to the best of Ethiopian jazz from the 1960s onward.  Special thanks to Al Clark for pointing this wonderful link out to me.

[Music] Toshio Matsuura Group – LOVEPLAYDANCE – 8 Scenes from The Floor


I don’t know how I managed to miss Japanese DJ and producer Toshio Matsuura!  This album is a real gem, mashing together nu-jazz and fusion while introducing reference points like Magma and Carlos Santana (when he was still on the cutting edge).

[Music] Sieben – Crumbs (reviewed by Santa Sangre)


Much respect to Peter Marks of Santa Sangre Magazine for reviewing my favorite Apocalyptic Folk violinist (and very cool chap) Matt Howden.

[Reviewed by Peter Marks] Ah just look at him on the cover in his Sunday tea time best. Flip the panel and you’ll see how thin the veneer is as a Guy Fawkes mask and full fencing uniform greet you; there can be no doubt that we’re living in extraordinarily perilous times with one guy […]

via Sieben – Crumbs — Santa Sangre

[Music] Various Artists – 1​+​1​=​X


A hearty congratulations to Erased Tapes who turn 10 years old this year. This compilation features 20 exclusive tracks from their mighty roster, and not one is a disappointment.

1. Qasim Naqvi – Brutal Moderna 04:18
2. A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Long May It Sustain 04:20
3. Rival Consoles – Ritual Song 05:10
4. Nils Frahm – Frau Dehlholm 03:05
5. Daniel Thorne – Iroise 05:47
6. Daniel Brandt – Blackpool Sands Forever 05:11
7. Douglas Dare – Darling 08:13
8. Michael Price – Eyn Hallow 04:17
9. Kiasmos & Högni – Zebra 03:43
10. Ben Lukas Boysen – Pending 04:44
11. David Allred – Ahoy 04:49
12. Anne Müller – Bel Tono 03:30
13. Lubomyr Melnyk – Palisade I 17:03
14. Hatis Noit – Inori 04:44
15. Masayoshi Fujita – Spaceship Magical 04:05
16. Högni – Máni 03:56
17. Peter Broderick – The Perpetual Glow 05:23
18. Arthur Jeffes & Nils Frahm – Up Is Good 05:35
19. Daniel Brandt – Blackpool Sands Forever (Rival Consoles Remix) 04:27
20. Penguin Cafe – Wheels Within Wheels (Greg Gives Peter Space Remix) 06:09

[Music] Jon Hassell at 81 — Avant Music News

Many thanks to Mike at Avant Music News who is a wealth of amazing information.

Source: Billboard. A half century into an odyssey that’s seen him work with musical prime movers such as Terry Riley and Brian Eno while pioneering his own distinct lane of so-called fourth world music, composer-trumpeter Jon Hassell is still active and vital at 81. His latest album, Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume 1), finds rhythms […]

via Jon Hassell at 81 — Avant Music News

[Music] Disques DEBS International Volume 1. — dereksmusicblog

Disques Debs International Volume 1. Label: Strut. Release Date: ‘29th’ July 2018. Compilation Of The Week. Nowadays, Disques Debs International which was founded by Henri Debs in Guadeloupe, in the late-fifties, is regarded by many connoisseurs as the one of the best, if not greatest of all French Caribbean labels. That is high praise, given […]

via DISQUES DEBS INTERNATIONAL VOLUME 1. — dereksmusicblog

[Music] Bi Kyo Ran – Parallax


Thanks to Guy Segers for publishing this classic of Japanese progressive rock.

Bi Kyo Ran were rather unfairly tagged as a Japanese King Crimson clone.  By this album, that image was finally shed.

They are apparently still active doing soundtracks for TV shows in Japan, but I can’t imagine any of the new material having the power of this disc.