I’m on the early shift so I’ll get this release day party started. It really is like a little party at the end of each week isn’t it. Here’s what I’ve got…
Rodrigo Amarante - Drama
honey voiced Little Joy fella, mates with Devendra Banhart and in that wheelhouse but more Brazilian. Should sound good in the promised weekend sunshine
Alice Coltrane - Kirtan: Turiya Sings
reissue of one of her spiritual tapes, stripped back to her and her wurlitzer. This is exactly the kind of balm I need this early in the morning.
Connan Mockasin and Ade - It’s Just Wind
made him his own thread last night as the album was released midweek, but I’ll plug again. Great title, very enjoyable noodly, spacey instrumentals by Connan and his band, with his 72-year-old dad Ade doing some spoken word type stuff over the top. His vocal reminds me a bit of some of Bowie’s speak-singing on Blackstar, but if Bowie was an old kiwi bloke
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Expansions
someone gave this German funk band some steel drums. Sounds a bit like Budos Band maybe? Think I’m gonna listen to this when doing some cooking later.
Massively excited by the Alice Coltrane. Expecting my copy in the post this morning.
There’s a new John Murry album this morning too - his two previous records have both been great. You’d probably call his music ‘Americana’ but it has a level of racked emotional intensity which elevates it above that. If you like things like Lift to Experience you’ll appreciate him.
Rey Sapienz & The Congo Techno Ensemble – Na Zala Zala
"Growing up in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, Hakuna Kulala co-founder Rey Sapienz found refuge in music, rapping and performing from a young age. Eventually, he was forced into a prolonged Ugandan stay, becoming a key member of the effervescent Kampala scene. Over two excellent EPs, Sapienz developed a contemporary take on soukous and kalindula styles that he dubbed “Congo techno.”
With Na Zala Zala, he pushes this imaginative reinvention of traditional music tropes into uncharted territory, creating The Congo Techno Ensemble together with DRC veteran vocalist/dancer/writer Papalas Palata and rapper Fresh Dougis. These three voices chant, whisper, rap, scream, and moan over fractured melodies and prismatic beats in a scorching, opalescent blend of hip-hop, deconstructed club, and free jazz."
Final instalment in FatCat Records’ shared 12" releases sees the Canadian tape-manipulating trained opera singer turned experimental electing darling drop one epic side-long track followed by a piecemeal collection of lo-fi psychedelic songs from Estonian poet/singer-songwriter Kago.
“(A) delightful mix of humour and outer-space terror permeates through Lucrecia Dalt and Aaron Dilloway’s debut duo album, Lucy & Aaron. Their funky sounds are at-once arresting and lighthearted, zooming through mysterious noises and irresistible beats. It often feels as if they’re speaking in some far-away, extraterrestrial language, as their garbled words seep into gritty, robotic sounds.”