Worldwide Rotations: March
We’ve updated our regular Worldwide FM playlist with upfront and reissued music from around the world. Listen throughout the month on air, or to enjoy on the move, subscribe or follow the playlist on Spotify and Soundcloud. Akbaba Ikilisi – Darildim Darildim [Uzelli Kaset] Blvck Spvde – High Low [Pugilista Trading Co.] Bullion – We Had…
We’ve updated our regular Worldwide FM playlist with upfront and reissued music from around the world. Listen throughout the month on air, or to enjoy on the move, subscribe or follow the playlist on Spotify and Soundcloud.
Akbaba Ikilisi – Darildim Darildim [Uzelli Kaset]
Blvck Spvde – High Low [Pugilista Trading Co.]
Bullion – We Had A Good Time [Deek]
Cleo Sol – Butterfly [Forever Living Originals]
Jerome Thomas – I Don’t Need (Feat. Blue Lab Beats) [Self Released]
Karmasound – Instantes [phutureshockmusik]
Linkwood & Foat – Es Vedra [Athens of the North]
massicot – Kratt [Les Disques Bongo Joe]
Tara Clerkin Trio – Hellenica [Laura Lies In]
Angela Muñoz – I Don’t Care [Linear Labs]
Maxwell Owin & Xenia – Probably Never (feat. Joe Armon-Jones) [Waella’s Choice]
Yazmin Lacey – Loose Love [Self Released]
Anunaku – Nascent [Mothers Finest]
dumama + kechou – mother time
Emma-Jean Thackray – Movementt [Self Released]
Foodman a.k.a 食品まつり – Kazunoko [Highball]
John Carroll Kirby – Blueberry Beads [Stones Throw]
Koichi Sakai & Afla Sackey – Atenteben Blues [Olindo]
On-Ly – Double Edge [La Sape]
Capitol K – Temple [Faith and Industry]
Knxwledge – gangstallthetime [Self Released]
Lakecia Benjamin – Acknowledgement (feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater and The Last Poets) [Ropadope]
Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty – Through The Looking Glass [Mr Bongo]
Zenobia – El Intro [Crammed Discs]
Irreversible Entanglements – No Más [Irreversible Entanglements]
Ivan Conti – Katmandu [Far Out]
Ak’chamel – Phallus Pallace [Akuphone]
Alabaster DePlume – Whisky Story Time [TRC/International Anthem]
Aloha Got Soul – Eclipse [Aloha Got Soul]
Andy Shauf – Living Room [Self Released]
Asa Tone – River At Work [Leaving Records]
Audrey Powne – Taboo [Unreleased]
Catching Flies – New Gods (Ron Basejam Remix) [Unreleased]
Cross Island – Wave (Al Kent Remix) [Kalita]
Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats – Track07 [Loma Vista Recordings]
Dijf Sanders – Parvati [Unday]
Dilbert Cohen & Ariel Kalma – De Luscious [Versatile]
DJ Mitsu the Beats – It’s Time [Jazzy Sport]
Eto x Wally Clark – The Circle (Lord High Executioner RMX) [Gummy Soul]
Fess Grandiose – Phasing Out (Echo Vibes Mix) [ETC]
Forest Law – New Thoughts New Eyes [Brownswood]
Gila – Rider 2 (Sittin On Nothin) [Lex]
Heliocentrics – Venom [Madlib Invazion]
Iman Houssein – UNITY [Ghost Notes Worldwide]
James Reese & the Progressions – One Girl [Now Again]
Jeff Parker – Fusion Swirl [International Anthem]
Jimpster – The Way It Is [Freerange]
Jon Hopkins – Scene Suspended
Karate Boogaloo – Marriage For All or None At All [College of Knowledge]
King Krule – Alone, Omen 3 [XL]
Kutmah – Super Psychic Kids [All City]
Lagartijeando – La Frontera (feat. Minük) (DJ Raff Remix) [Wonderwheel]
Makaya McCraven – New York Is Killing Me [XL]
Minor Science – Blue Deal [Whities]
Moses Boyd – BTB [Exodus]
Nduduzo Makhathini – Modes of Communication Letters from the Underworlds [Blue Note]
Novelist – Major Player [MMMYEH]
Obongjayar – God’s Own Children [September]
Pluralist – UN Sanctions ft. Rex Domino [Manuka]
PML Beatz ® – Manganza [Principe]
Ragz Originale ft. ELIZA – 4am [Self released]
RAS – Pharoah / Zman Halal [Botniss]
Raviv Gazit – One & One [Raviv Gazit]
Rejoicer – Pre Memory Circle [Stones Throw]
Ricardo Richaid – O Velho Cai [Far Out Recordings]
Rinse and Repeat – Golden Mean [Jazz Re:freshed]
Ritmo Y Tumbao – Sky’s The Limit [Honeycomb Records]
Samuel Rohrer – The Climber [Arjuna Music]
Seigen Tokuzawa & Masaki Hayashi – Soramame [Flau]
Shabaka & The Ancestors – Go my heart, go to heaven [Impulse]
Shamanic Catharsis – Yumbos (feat. Amaruka & Mauricio Vicencio) [Shika Shika]
SiR – New Sky (feat. Kadhja Bonet) [TDE]
Sparkle & Rahni Harris – Six Million Steps [Cultures of Soul]
Spiritczualic Enhancement Center – Away On Business [Akuphone]
Steve Arrington – Mellow As A Cello [Rhino Atlantic]
Steve Spacek – Rawl Aredo [Black Focus]
Sudan Archives – Iceland Moss [Stones Throw Records]
The Mystery Kindaichi Band – A Honjin Satsujin Jiken [WeWantSounds]
The Quiet Temple – Earth (Sararthy Korwar Remix) [Point of Departure]
Three Body Trio – Palm Leaf [Running Circle]
Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes – What Kinda Music [Blue Note]
Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela – We’ve Landed [World Circuit]
Toshiko Yonekawa, Kiyoshi Yamaya & Contemporary Sound Orchestra – Saitaro-Bushi [Denon]
Tulips – Retrograde II [Planet Rescue]
Twylyte ’81 – Can I Change [Favourite Records]
Olivier Rogg – GE/CH:Seq [Bongo Joe]
vhoor – Imagem [Self Released]
Werkha – Generation X [First Word]
Ville Herrala – Pu: 12 [We Jazz Records]
Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange – Candy Flip [The Jazz Diaries]
Zeroh – 4D [Leaving Records]
Album of the Week 2-6 March
Various Artists – Intenta: Experimental & Electronic Music From Switzerland 1981-93 [Bongo Joe Records & Décalé Records] Our album of the week is “Intenta: Experimental & Electronic Music From Switzerland 1981-93” by Bongo Joe Records and Décalé Records out on the 28th of February. Décalé Records and Bongo Joe Records present an all new compilation…
Various Artists – Intenta: Experimental & Electronic Music From Switzerland 1981-93 [Bongo Joe Records & Décalé Records]
Our album of the week is “Intenta: Experimental & Electronic Music From Switzerland 1981-93” by Bongo Joe Records and Décalé Records out on the 28th of February.
Décalé Records and Bongo Joe Records present an all new compilation placing the spotlight on the Swiss experimental and electronic scene of the ‘80s and the early ‘90s. The compilation Intenta assembles under-appreciated gems, sought-after titles and newly mixed versions. It places leftfield synth-pop next to otherworldly jazz, and joins the dots between lyrical post-punk excursions and proto-house experimentation.
The compilation covers a period of transition: When songs mutated into sounds. When synthesizers and samplers became the règle du jeu in DIY music-making. When a politicized youth movement slowly gave way to the hedonistic embrace of techno culture in Switzerland. Intenta mines the outer fringes of a scene yet to be. Many of these experimenters were pretty much on their own. Often the only way you would get in touch was at the local synth dealer.
A spirit of bold improvisation inhabited studios between Geneva and St. Gallen: these artists were articulating pop sensibilities (Air Project, Sky Bird, D-Sire, Peter Philippe Weiss), entering computer worlds (Claudine Chirac, Olivier Rogg, Carlos Perón), exploring exotic shores (Andreas Hofer, Bells of Kyoto, Fizzè), building future discothèques (Aborted at Line 6, Carol Rich, UnknownmiX) or finding glacial bliss (Dressed Up Animals, Elephant Château, I Suonatori).
The compilation was put together by Matthias Orsett and Maxi Fischer. Intenta unfolds as a sonic story that is laid-back yet energetic, sultry yet daring. The two crate diggers set out to meet with many of the artists arrayed here. Memories were shared, wine bottles opened. There were moments of sadness: Karl Lienert Löwenherz (Dressed Up Animals) and Claudius Scholer (Sky Bird) passed away during the making of this project. What remains of this journey into the backrooms of Swiss popular culture, is Intenta. If you listen closely, it will reveal a nation on the move. Beyond the Matterhorn, there is sweetness and light.
1. Andreas Hofer – Untitled
2. Claudine Chirac – Etudes
3. Sky Bird – Pasolini’s Trembling
4. Fizzè – Kulu Hatah Mamnua
5. Bells of Kyoto – Swiss Air
6. Elephant Château – Dreamings
7. Dressed Up Animals – Mondtanz
8. Peter Philippe Weiss – Subway (Intenta Version)
9. D-Sire – Wintertime
10. Air Project – Rap Yourself
11. Jean-Pierre Huser – Chinatown
12. Olivier Rogg – GE/CH:Seq
13. Carol Rich – Computered Love
14. Carlos Perón – Her Heäd Is Bräkin Intu Foör (Primal Version)
15. UnknownmiX – Django
16. Aborted at Line 6 – Mammuth (Extended Version)
17. I Suonatori – Matrosen
Compilation, concept and production by Maxi Fischer & Matthias Orsett
Artistic supervision by Cyril Yeterian
Analog mastering by Tim Stollenwerk
Vinyl cut by Adi Flück
Editorial by Bjørn Schaeffner
Drawings and layout by David Mamie
Typeface (Office Grotesk) by Chi-Long Trieu
Leaflet design by Yanis Carnal
The gatefold cover illustration is the music sheet of ‘Mondtanz” by Karl Lienert Löwenherz from Dressed Up Animals. Courtesy of the artist’s family.
Album of the Week 24-28 February
The Mystery Kindaichi Band – The Adventures of Kindaichi Kosuke [We Want Sounds] Our album of the week is The Mystery Kindaichi Band’s “The Adventures of Kindaichi Kosuke” re-released on We Want Sounds on the 27th of February, 2020. The ‘imaginary’ soundtrack to the adventures Of Kindaichi Kosuke, the cult detective book series by writer Seishi…
The Mystery Kindaichi Band – The Adventures of Kindaichi Kosuke [We Want Sounds]
Our album of the week is The Mystery Kindaichi Band’s “The Adventures of Kindaichi Kosuke” re-released on We Want Sounds on the 27th of February, 2020.
The ‘imaginary’ soundtrack to the adventures Of Kindaichi Kosuke, the cult detective book series by writer Seishi Yokomizo is on many DJ want-lists. Arranged by soundtrack master Kentaro Haneda and featuring a mysterious group of the best 70s Japanese Funk musicians, the album is pure undiluted Disco Funk. This reissue is the album’s first official release outside of Japan. Remastered from the original tapes, it features artwork by renowned illustrator Ichibun Sugimoto, OBI strip and a 4 page insert with a new introduction by Anton Spice.
Writer Seishi Yokomizo is an institution in Japan. He could be compared to Agatha Christie with his series of novels based on the adventures of detective Kosuke Kindaichi. The fictional character was born in 1946 with Yokomizo’s first novel in the series and solved mysteries until the late 70s under Yokomizo’s pen before the death of the writer in 1981. Kindaichi is a peculiar character. He is a sort of goofy, yet scrupulous detective, not dissimilar to Columbo, and has become legendary in Japan over the decades.
Yokomizo’s novels have been a prime source for film and TV scenarios, so when, in 1977, Japanese label King Records decided to record a concept album based on the Kindaichi novels, it made complete sense. The writer was slightly surprised though. As he wrote on the back of the LP sleeve “When I first heard an album was being made based on my novels, I felt very strange. I could understand if my novels were turned into films and then soundtracks were recorded based on these films. But this time, the music created was directly inspired by my novels. I felt very intrigued, yet very excited.”
The concept album was arranged by pianist Kentaro Haneda, a key TV and film composer who has worked on many anime films and is also famous outside of Japan for composing the music for the video game ‘Wizardry’.
For “The Adventures Of Kindaichi Kosuke” album, he assembled a supergroup of some of the best Tokyo funk and City Pop musicians. The long list includes jazz pianist Hideo Ichikawa who played on the 1971 ‘Joe Henderson In Japan’ album, Jun Moriya (ds), who is on Joe Hisaichi’s cult ‘Wonder City Orchestra’ album, Tadaomi Anai (perc) who played with Disco singer Eri Ohno, Koji Hadori (tpt) who’s featured on Haruomi Hosono’s “Pacific” album. Also present on the album are Takeru Muraoka (sax) who plays on many Tatsuro Yamashita cult albums including “For You” and “Spacy”, Kimiko Yamauchi (koto) who’s on Akiko Yano’s landmark “Japanese Girl” and, last but not least, Koji Yamaguchi (fr horn) who plays on Yazuaki Shimizu’s “Kakashi” album
Together they lay the funk on ten instrumentals filled with pur disco and funk breakbeats, making the album one of the highly-coveted Japanese LPs on international cratedigger scene. This reissue which Wewantsounds is delighted to officially put back on the market, features OBI strip and a four page insert faithfully reproduces the original artwork plus audio remastered from the original tapes.
1. Kindaichi Kosuke No Theme
3. Kamen Butoukai
4. Honjin Satsujin Jiken
1. Akuma No Temariuta
2. Meirosou No Sangeki
3. Akuma Ga Kitarite Fue Wo Fuku
5. Inugamike No Ichizoku
Album of the Week 17-21 February
Alabaster DePlume – To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 [International Anthem] Our album of the week is Worldwide FM family member Alabaster DePlume‘s To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1, that will be out on the 28th of February. Alabaster DePlume is a Manchester-born, London-based bandleader, composer, saxophonist, activist and orator. He’s a resident…
Alabaster DePlume – To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 [International Anthem]
Alabaster DePlume is a Manchester-born, London-based bandleader, composer, saxophonist, activist and orator. He’s a resident at the legendary London creative hub Total Refreshment Centre, a recording artist for the off-grid, Scottish Hebridean island label Lost Map, and now the latest arrival into Chicago-based International Anthem’s growing family of progressive musical explorationists. Whilst much of his music contains vocals – often whispered imperatives – this is a collection of instrumentals, drenched in feeling and recorded over four albums and eight earth years in cities across the UK.
The music of To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 contains naturally elegant orchestration wrapped around something visceral and primordial. Swirled inside the 11 pieces are shades of Japanese Min’yo folk, Celtic folk, the Ethio-jazz of saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya and hints of the pan-human ‘ancient music’ that sat underneath Arthur Russell’s melodies on First Thought, Best Thought. The music is filled with space, inspired, he says, by computer games and Japanese animation, particularly Joe Hisaishi’s soundtrack for Studio Ghibli’s Castle In The Sky.
He ran music sessions for Cy, Lee and their friends. “People would focus on a central point, tuning in to one another. There are things we can’t put into words, which can be expressed with sound and music. These guys have fewer words than us, some of them have none. When we put some feelings into a music expression – that’s liberation.”
It’s a method he uses in live shows wherever possible, placing himself and the musicians in the round. The aim is to maximise the creative benefits that a community of players and listeners can bring to the music. It’s a collectivist and humanist approach to making music that sits underneath everything he does. This is music made for a reason, and those reasons include – to paraphrase some of the catchphrases he uses both on stage and in conversation – mixing people up, asking everyone to be as much themselves as they possibly can and the hardcore encouragement expressed in his most popular line, shouted back at him by audiences wherever he goes: “You’re doing very well!”
– words by Emma Warren.
1. Visit Croatia
2. What’s Missing
3. Song of the Foundling
4. Whisky Story Time
5. Not Now Jesus
6. If You’re Sure You Want To
7. The Lucky Ones (feat. Danalogue)
8. Why Buzzardman Why
9. Not My Ask
11. I Hope
Album of the week 10-14 February
Seu Jorge & Rogê – Seu Jorge & Rogê Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions [Night Dreamer] Our album of the week is Seu Jorge and Rogê Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions out on Night Dreamer on the 7th of February. This is the first time the duo have recorded an album together, consummating 25 years of friendship…
Seu Jorge & Rogê – Seu Jorge & Rogê Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions [Night Dreamer]
Our album of the week is Seu Jorge and Rogê Night Dreamer Direct-To-Disc Sessions out on Night Dreamer on the 7th of February.
This is the first time the duo have recorded an album together, consummating 25 years of friendship and brotherhood that started back in Rio De Janeirio in the 1990s. Jorge & Rogê both sing and play guitar alongside two exceptional percussionists, Peu Meurray and Pretinho da Serrinha. Seu Jorge and Rogê’s graceful, stirring songwriting mirrors the quality and strength of their friendship, and evokes the legends of Brazilian music before them, such as Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil and Jorge Ben.
The technique used at the recording in the Artone Studios, in Haarlem, outside Amsterdam gave the Brazilians a chance to express themselves in a way that especially frames this event: the one-take method of direct-to-disc recording eschews the interference of any post-production process (such as overdubbing or multitracking) allowing them to show that trust and gifted musicianship is as paramount as skill and discipline when recording this way. A celebration of bonding, connectivity and ability, is embellished in one single take.
Breaking into the international limelight with an acting role in Wes Anderson’s A Life Aquatic, Seu Jorge captivated audiences; strumming plaintive, Portuguese-language covers of David Bowie classics. With the release of the film’s soundtrack, major label deals and album releases for dedicated Brazilian music imprints such as Mr Bongo and Now-Again, Seu Jorge made an indelible mark on the musical map and is oft-cited for revitalising Brazilian popular music across the globe.
From his beginnings in the favelas of Belford-Roxo, Rio de Janeiro, Seu Jorge’s musical journey started in his late teens; he taught himself guitar for three years before being hired, in 1993, as an actor and musician with Tuerj, a theatrical troupe sponsored by the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. This led him to front the major label-signed Farofa Carioca and spearheading the modern samba revival.
Throughout all of this, Seu Jorge kept a close friendship with Rogê. A songwriter, composer and musician in his own right, carioca singer Rogê has received a prestigious Latin Grammy nomination and collaborated with samba legend, Arlindo Cruz. With seven albums to his name, Rogê is also considered to be a principal part of the Brazilian popular music scene revival (MPB), along with his friend, Seu Jorge. They have both performed together several times, notably at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro for the 2000 New Year’s Eve celebration, and his group 4 Cabeça have won the illustrious Brazilian Music Award’ in the ‘Best MPB Group’ category.
Over the years, they have built an archive of unrealised songs, sketches and ideas, some of which lay the foundations of this session: the song Caminhão was conceived by the pair in a Rio bar, some 25 years ago. The album is deeply symbolic of their bond and of their roots, reflected especially in the intimate Pra Você Amigo which translates simply and poignantly as For You, Friend. Their vocal exchange on A Força or The Force references the Afro-Brazilian religious tradition of Candomblé (a belief that “does not include the duality of a concept of good opposed to evil”, rather a realisation of destiny is the path towards spiritual fulfillment) which focuses on music and dance during ceremony. This again serves as a metaphor for their connection; a deep and spiritual kinship.
This is an album with its roots firmly in the heart of Rio de Janeiro; the city where they have spent most of their lives. It’s been part of their connection, working on material together throughout the stages of their careers. They share an ambition “to create a classic Brazilian record” and through this simple and unrefined recording, their aspiration has been realised.
2. A Força
3. Meu Brasil
4. Pra Você, Amigo
6. Vem Me Salvar
7. Onda Carioca
Album of the Week: 3-7 February
Vula Viel – What’s Not Enough About That [Vula Viel Records] Our album of the week is Vula Viel‘s ‘What’s Not Enough About That’, out on Vula Viel Records on the 7th of February, 2020. Following the acclaimed release of ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ and a busy tour that took them from UK to Europe…
Vula Viel – What’s Not Enough About That [Vula Viel Records]
Following the acclaimed release of ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ and a busy tour that took them from UK to Europe and back, including a stellar performance at Womad captured by BBC Radio 3, Vula Viel return with a new album.
The band continue their sonic explorations around the gyil, the wooden xylophone of the Dagaare from Upper West Ghana, on their brand new set, ‘What’s Not Enough About That’.
Picking up from early 2019’s ‘Do Not Be Afraid’, the new album breaks new ground as Bex Burch (gyil), Ruth Goller (bass) and Jim Hart (drums) continue to forge their own unique fusions. While ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ developed ideas around disciplined ‘rhythm wheels’, rhythm patterns in regular cycles set to the band’s angular instrumentation, the new tracks stretch out the band’s sound, at times delicate and at others moving into raw post punk soundscapes.
Extensive touring brought the band from London’s most revered alternative venues such as Café Oto and Vortex Jazz Club to the stages of Cheltenham Jazz Festival and WOMAD, the British countryside plus our mainland European dates including Moers Festival, Bezau Beatz, Willisau Jazz Festival and Artist in Focus at Music Meeting, to take the Vula Viel sound to Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands in Europe for a string of packed jazz festivals – a busy year that cemented the unity of the trio and nurtured their artistic growth.
“My journey with the gyil has always been rooted in the Dagaare traditions”, explains Burch, “but through playing live and developing a tight chemistry together, the band is constantly pushing its own boundaries and finding its own new directions. On this album, I wanted to bring more space into our music and echo feelings and emotions through the ebb and flow of the tracks – reflection, hope, urgency, determination, anger.”
The result is an expansive, spacious album which winds effortlessly from the reassuring pulse of ‘My Own Skin’ through to the gently soaring, textured ‘Bird In Kumasi’ and strident closer ‘Six Days In One’. Lyrically, the messages celebrate mindfulness and our uniqueness as people: “Even not fitting in, I am comfortable in my own skin” on the affirming opening track, while guest vocalist, New York experimental music great Peter Zummo (Arthur Russell, Mitra Sumara) laconically urges us on the title track that life and love is enough to give us genuine happiness; on ‘Forget And Forgive’, Ghanaian palm-wine legend Koo Nimo urges us to reflect, forget and forgive after arguments.
‘What’s Not Enough About That’ marks another major step in the evolution of Vula Viel. The album is released on all formats on 7th February 2020 featuring photography by Alexis Maryon. The album was recorded at London’s Fish Factory and was mixed by Dilip Harris (Sons Of Kemet, Joe Armon-Jones).
Vula Viel are touring from March 2020 and will perform a special gig at London’s Cafe OTO March 12th.
1 My Own Skin
2 Bird In Kumasi
5 What’s Not Enough About That
6 Forget And Forgive
7 More Is More
8 Six Days In One