Belting and brassy, sexy and ardent, this is great fun.
Space jazz, grooving funk and svelte ambient composed for the celebrated late-70s anime TV series, by the You And The Explosion Band. Lashings of Korg. Well worth checking out.
All those killer 45s in a very limited LP edition with a lovely, silk-screened and stitched sleeve, and etiological cartooning.
Twenty-six nuggets, with gorgeous three-panel CD artwork, and two forty-page booklets with extensive notes, lyrics in English, bios and rare photos, including many from the artists’ own collections.
Dangdut, keroncong, jaipongan, rock, pop, disco, as well as theatre, commercials, DJs, news snippets, and other broadcast bits and pieces.
Assorted strange and beautiful pop, folk, and classical music styles — intercut with bits of broadcast staples like synth ballads, hip-hop jingles, and internationally popular songs re-recorded in Burmese.
From 2004: dangdut, melayu, gambus, punk, rap, psych, Islamic folk, you name it; with snatches of news, karaoke call-ins, ads, prayers and US-style station-IDs.
Eighteenth and nineteenth century folk repertoire featuring horn, overtone flute, panpipes, vertical flute, shepherds’ trumpet — and violin or balaika.
‘Every song is a mini-masterpiece, be it heavy acid rock psychedelia, horn and guitar drenched funk grooves, or gripping soul ballads reflective of life during wartime.’
Blind travelling musician with a voice as intensely haunted and elemental as Charley Patton — not standard Okinawa fare at all — accompanying himself on sanshin (southern shamisen) and tategoto (upright koto).
From the Ghaobata and Bahomea regions — funeral songs, dances and a four-bamboo organ played by the wind, and panpipe ensembles, with their characteristic twin drones, an octave apart.
Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies recorded on the wing, in the thick of the action — slowly rising vocal drones, a big-bellied oboe, double-headed drums, chanting Bhikku monks, phallic cults.
Driving, widescreen funk, with squalling guitar, funk horns, and Santi compelling as ever. Plus a rocking molam instrumental with droning khaen, woozy percussion and staunch phin. Pretty killer seven.
From the high plateau of Tibet where street balladeers get by selling passionate performances of folk songs, with banjo and violin-like instruments like the ‘erhu’ and the ‘san xian’.
Central Asian art music — derived from the Shash maqam of Bukhara — performed by the singer Jurabeg Nabiev, with the Ensemble Dorrdane.
A master of the sato (a bowed tambur or long-necked lute held vertically) joined by Tajik singer Ozoda Ashurova in this beautiful, haunting, little-known court music. Plus doyra drum and dotar lute.