A legend has departed. Ginger Baker passed away at age 80 today, October 6. He performed with some of rock’s (and fusion’s) greatest bands such as Cream, Blind Faith and even Public Image Ltd., while leading his own bands like Air Force (shown in the video) and collaborating with maestros like Nigeria’s Fela Kuti. RIP.
The Subhumans were one of the few anarcho-punk bands I could tolerate during the late 1980s, and though the music sounds pretty dated today, this album is a pretty good snapshot of what I was enjoying nearly three decades ago.
‘High priestess of psychedelic Arabic jazz’ couldn’t fit better for British/Bahraini trumpeter and band leader Yazz Ahmed. She is the queen of jazz fusion at the moment, and her band is as tight as can possibly be. One track, of course, is not enough, but I’m hoping it’s a taste of what is to come.
Cousin Silas is one of the leading lights of the underground bedroom ambient scene. Like so many of these characters (whose work I highly regard), he releases a lot of music, but somehow manages to maintain a sense of purpose of each and every release. These are crafted slabs of spacey, rich music for minds […]
Heathertoes is my old friend Hubert’s post-industrial/experimental project. He is collaborating on this release with Hopek Quirin, and the sound is reminiscent of 1980s cassette culture at its best.
Arthur Carneiro is ElPeche, a Brazilian-born, London-based DJ who managed to absorb the best of Brazilian music and let it flow through the filter of electronica. On this EP single, he collaborates Artéria FM for a series of remixes. Deep grooves, and pleasant listening courtesy of Tropical Twista Records.
Ben Rath is an experimental musician based out of Manchester, England, who specializes in dark, foreboding minimalist compositions which leave you feel unnerved while working on blog posts at three in the morning. He makes his recordings with the use of keyboards, piano, guitar and some slight effects. Really good listening.