[Music] Various Artists – Zamaan Ya Sukkar: Exotic Love Songs and Instrumentals from the Egyptian 60’s

Belgium’s Radio Martiko continue to impress with their reissues!  This one collects a few old slabs of Egyptian exotica, and it’s one of the most charming comps I’ve heard in a while! From the label’s Bandcamp site: Exotica In Western countries, when we speak about exotica, we think about the likes of Martin Denny, Les […]

[Music] Various Artists – The Library Archive: Funk, Jazz, Beats and Soundtracks from the Vaults of Cavendish Music

Though I’m enthralled with library music at the moment, thanks to my friend Chris, who has served as a bit of a guru for me, I’m disappointed to see that there isn’t much in the way of literature documenting how these classic discs came to be.  Thankfully, through the work of labels like BBE Music, […]

[Music] Félix Blume – Death in Haiti: Funeral Brass Bands & Sounds from Port au Prince

French sound artist and engineer Félix Blume produces something voyeuristic and creepy, yet engaging and life-affirming at the same time.  This album is a collection of brass music played at funerals in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. According to the website, there are featured in these ‘performances’ 15 dead, 15 funerals, 16 funeral processions, 1 procession with […]

[Video] Mickey Hart / Diga Rhythm Band – Razooli (Studio Version)

Mickey Hart made his fame as a drummer for the Grateful Dead, whom I enjoyed greatly (at least in their live settings). He was also a big fan of Indian music, and really did a lot with his Diga Rhythm Band project to promote it. In this track, it sounds like exotica, innovative Latin percussion, […]