Of course we all love new music here on DIS but just occasionally I have a break from bravely forging new ground to listen to some reissues and compilations. These are some of my favourites of this year. Does anyone else have any recommendations?
Alice Coltrane - Spiritual Eternal
After last year’s amazing compilation of her devotional music, this incredible reissue compiles three albums she made for Warners in the mid 70s. They sit right at the junction of her jazz phase and her more purely religious music and are absolutely fascinating, swerving between funky vamps and ethereal hymns. Having ignored her for years her music has come to mean as much to me as her husband’s.
Chris Bowden -Time Capsule
An amazing, sprawling British jazz album from 1992 that anticipates many of the sounds and themes from the much hyped current scene - dub textures, spiritual themes, blends of strings and horns, use of vocals. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys Kamasi Washington, Kamaal Williams, Sons of Kemet etc.
Prince - Piano and a Microphone 1983
Just Prince being casually amazing for half an hour or so.
B12 - Time Tourist
Fabulous retro-futurist electronica album on Warp from 1996, sounding just as fresh now as it did then.
Various - Paris in the Spring
Amazing Bob Stanley compilation of French music from the late 60s. Really interesting to hear the influences of British and American Music of the time filtered through the French traditions and reflecting the particularly febrile political situation in France at the time.
Various - Kreaturen der Nacht
A fascinating compilation by JD Twitch of all sorts of post punk/electronica etc from early 80s Germany.
Various - Uneven Paths, Deviant Pop from Europe 1980-1991
Covering similar ground to the JD Twitch compilation but with a wider span both geographical and temporal. Uneven but with some fantastic gems.
David Sylvian and Holger Czukay- Plight and Premonition and Flux and Mutability
Two classic ambient albums from the late 80s. Subtle, ethereal and beautiful