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album cover DENGUE FEVER (V/A) Presents Electric Cambodia: 14 Rare Gems From Cambodia's Past (Minky) lp 22.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Fans of the amazing Cambodian Rocks compilations we've reviewed in the past are definitely gonna want this one too, a collection compiled by the members of the modern LA-based Cambodian pop band Dengue Fever (longtime AQ faves) of their favorite classic Cambodian rock and roll jams from the sixties and seventies, a golden renaissance age for art and music in Cambodia, directly preceding the reign of the Khmer Rouge, who took over the country in 1975 and attempted to wipe out any and all traces of modern society, and as the liner notes point out, much of the music survived, but most of the musicians did not.
As with the Cambodian Rocks comps, the songs here are groovy and funky and fun, with shuffling rhythms, wild psychedelic guitar solos, warm wheezing organs, fuzzy surf guitars, and of course incredible vocals, the perfect mix of Western style rock and pop and Eastern style traditional folk music. Even though on the surface, the songs all seem sunshiney and playful, but there's definitely an element of pathos and drama, many of the songs are subtly maudlin and melancholy, there's even a song called "I Will Starve Myself To Death", but listening to it, with its jangle guitar and shuffly rhythm, you would never guess the grim title and perhaps lyrical content. There's also a killer cover of Sonny Bono's "Bang Bang", popularized by Cher, Nancy Sinatra and Terry Reid, and here it's gorgeously haunting, a waltzy bit of melodrama, with that immediately recognizable chorus, even in a different language. So good. We just can't get enough of this stuff, anyone who dug those Cambodian Rocks comps, or who loves the Sublime Frequencies collections, will no doubt go crazy for this too. There is definitely some overlap with this collection and the partially out of print Cambodian Rocks series, but there are definitely some tracks here we've never heard before (like "Bang Bang", or as it's titled here, "Snaeha"), and besides, the proceeds from the sale of this record will be donated to Cambodian Living Arts: www.cambodianlivingarts.org! So what are you waiting for??
MPEG Stream: PAN RON "Snaeha"
MPEG Stream: DARA CHOM CHAN "Give Me One Kiss"
MPEG Stream: PAN RON "Don't Speak"
MPEG Stream: PAN RON "Jombang"
MPEG Stream: ROS SEREYSOTHEA "Flowers In The Sand"

album cover DENGUE FEVER / CHICHA LIBRE Genjer Genjer / Primavera En La Selva (Record Store Day) (Barbes) 7" 6.98
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Another kick ass Record Store Day release! We ordered an extra handful of these so you out of towners could still get your hands on one of these, a new track from long time aQ faves, Southeast Asian poppers Dengue Fever, with another gorgeous smokey groove, all reverby surf guitars, slithery sexy bass, simple jazzy drums, some gorgeously jazzy almost Maricachi sounding horns, and of course the divine vocals of Chhom Nimol, who seals the deal, her delivery so sultry and effortless. If you haven't heard Dengue Fever, you are in for a treat!
The flipside features Chicha Libre, another band of modern musicians channeling classic sounds of the past, this time the sound of Peruvian Chicha, and just like Dengue Fever, they are a dead ringer for the real thing, heck, they ARE the real thing, twangy guitars, warm warbly organs, gorgeous vocal harmonies, totally groovy and danceable, the sound warm and vintage, we would never guess that this was a new recording. Wow. These two groups just toured the US together, this 7" commemorates that trek, and was released just for Record Store Day, we have about 10 of these, it was LIMITED TO 1000 COPIES, pretty sure we won't be able to get more.

album cover DERDIYOKLAR IKILISI Coban Mamos (Pharaway Sounds) cd 17.98
If album covers have as much of an impact on sales as they're supposed to have, then it's hard to understand why this reissue isn't already at the top of the charts. Two happy, heavily bearded fellows proudly displaying the triple necked guitar-thing that they built themselves, emblazoned with their band name (the liner notes explain that they were trying to outdo fellow Turkish psych purveyors 3 Hur-El, who had a doubleneck). The previous reissue that we had by these guys had a similar cover concept, so it probably worked for them pretty well back then. That album was called Disko Folk (which is the subtitle here too by the way) and to them that meant traditional Turkish folk music done with modern electric instruments, the duo being wedding dance music specialists who catered to the immigrant market in West Germany. They released this lp (or maybe it was originally a cassette?) in 1985, so while some years removed from the heyday of Turkish psych it's still a kind of trippy example of Anadolu Pop on account of the blend of folk music and '80s technology - there's some thumping electronic drum beats alongside the more conventional trap kit percussion, and the track "Dom Dom Kursunu", for one, is interspersed with occasional blats of synthesizer zap.
Being a duo, they resort to overdubs on record, bringing in additional, emotive vocals - and even sound FX of bleating sheep! That triple necked guitar gets a workout, and the results on this record are somehow both stately and sprightly. Live, they had to do it all themselves of course, and apparently put it across with a lot of crazy showmanship (for example, see this YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yBQhBa5RZk, featuring fancy footwork, behind the back guitar playing, nose-to-keyboard soloing, and more), enough to get large groups of people on their feet and dancing.
From the master tapes, and the vinyl version is a 180 gram pressing.
MPEG Stream: "Coban Mamos"
MPEG Stream: "Baris Icinde"
MPEG Stream: "Dom Dom Kursunu"

album cover DERDIYOKLAR IKILISI Coban Mamos (Pharaway Sounds) lp 28.00
If album covers have as much of an impact on sales as they're supposed to have, then it's hard to understand why this reissue isn't already at the top of the charts. Two happy, heavily bearded fellows proudly displaying the triple necked guitar-thing that they built themselves, emblazoned with their band name (the liner notes explain that they were trying to outdo fellow Turkish psych purveyors 3 Hur-El, who had a doubleneck). The previous reissue that we had by these guys had a similar cover concept, so it probably worked for them pretty well back then. That album was called Disko Folk (which is the subtitle here too by the way) and to them that meant traditional Turkish folk music done with modern electric instruments, the duo being wedding dance music specialists who catered to the immigrant market in West Germany. They released this lp (or maybe it was originally a cassette?) in 1985, so while some years removed from the heyday of Turkish psych it's still a kind of trippy example of Anadolu Pop on account of the blend of folk music and '80s technology - there's some thumping electronic drum beats alongside the more conventional trap kit percussion, and the track "Dom Dom Kursunu", for one, is interspersed with occasional blats of synthesizer zap.
Being a duo, they resort to overdubs on record, bringing in additional, emotive vocals - and even sound FX of bleating sheep! That triple necked guitar gets a workout, and the results on this record are somehow both stately and sprightly. Live, they had to do it all themselves of course, and apparently put it across with a lot of crazy showmanship (for example, see this YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yBQhBa5RZk, featuring fancy footwork, behind the back guitar playing, nose-to-keyboard soloing, and more), enough to get large groups of people on their feet and dancing.
From the master tapes, and the vinyl version is a 180 gram pressing.
MPEG Stream: "Coban Mamos"
MPEG Stream: "Baris Icinde"
MPEG Stream: "Dom Dom Kursunu"

album cover DERDIYOKLAR IKILISI Disko Folk (Guerssen) cd 17.98
Too bad we hadn't reviewed this reissue before we did our "beard" themed in-between list a few weeks back, 'cause just check out the two dudes sitting crosslegged on the cover! Awesome beards (and long hair). Would have fit in on that beard list perfectly. However, if we ever do a rad '70s Middle Eastern psych-folk-rock themed list, we'll at least be able to include Derdiyoklar Ikilisi on that, for sure.
Derdiyoklar Ikilisi were a "Anadolu Pop" duo based in Germany, who played their hip-swaying music for the festivities at weddings and circumcision feasts (yikes) held by the large Turkish immigrant community there. This record of theirs dates from 1979, but the title of Disko Folk doesn't mean that it's a actually a "disco" album (though that would be cool too, Turkish disco, Mogollar meets Moroder?). No, Disko Folk is meant more generally to indicate the presence of electric, Western instruments, and/or of the ornate Turkish folk motifs used in a pop music context. They really sound a lot like old AQ faves Mogollar, one of our favorites from the Istanbul psych scene back in the early '70s, but with more swirling, sweeping synthesizer! 3 Hur-el is another close comparison. Which means, this is pretty darn cool. Get this, and it's electro-saz fueled dance party time, the wedding or circumcision is optional! There's also mellower but equally impassioned numbers here (including a gorgeously dark and drifty one called "Eminem") that would be better suited for slow dancing. Lyrically, apparently these are protest songs, about issues of concern to the immigrant Turkish population in Germany.
And actually it's not the hairstyles on the cover that amaze us the most, it's the crazy 3-necked string instrument emblazoned with their band name that they're both holding between them like some totem. What is that thing? We guess with just two guys in the band, that's a pretty useful instrument to have.
The vinyl and compact disc editions are both limited to 500 copies each. The cd booklet contains liner notes, lp version comes with insert too.
MPEG Stream: "Fethiyem"
MPEG Stream: "Yadoy"
MPEG Stream: "Sofor Gardas"

album cover DERDIYOKLAR IKILISI Disko Folk (Guerssen) lp 26.00
Too bad we hadn't reviewed this reissue before we did our "beard" themed in-between list a few weeks back, 'cause just check out the two dudes sitting crosslegged on the cover! Awesome beards (and long hair). Would have fit in on that beard list perfectly. However, if we ever do a rad '70s Middle Eastern psych-folk-rock themed list, we'll at least be able to include Derdiyoklar Ikilisi on that, for sure.
Derdiyoklar Ikilisi were a "Anadolu Pop" duo based in Germany, who played their hip-swaying music for the festivities at weddings and circumcision feasts (yikes) held by the large Turkish immigrant community there. This record of theirs dates from 1979, but the title of Disko Folk doesn't mean that it's a actually a "disco" album (though that would be cool too, Turkish disco, Mogollar meets Moroder?). No, Disko Folk is meant more generally to indicate the presence of electric, Western instruments, and/or of the ornate Turkish folk motifs used in a pop music context. They really sound a lot like old AQ faves Mogollar, one of our favorites from the Istanbul psych scene back in the early '70s, but with more swirling, sweeping synthesizer! 3 Hur-el is another close comparison. Which means, this is pretty darn cool. Get this, and it's electro-saz fueled dance party time, the wedding or circumcision is optional! There's also mellower but equally impassioned numbers here (including a gorgeously dark and drifty one called "Eminem") that would be better suited for slow dancing. Lyrically, apparently these are protest songs, about issues of concern to the immigrant Turkish population in Germany.
And actually it's not the hairstyles on the cover that amaze us the most, it's the crazy 3-necked string instrument emblazoned with their band name that they're both holding between them like some totem. What is that thing? We guess with just two guys in the band, that's a pretty useful instrument to have.
The vinyl and compact disc editions are both limited to 500 copies each. The cd booklet contains liner notes, lp version comes with insert too.
MPEG Stream: "Fethiyem"
MPEG Stream: "Yadoy"
MPEG Stream: "Sofor Gardas"

album cover DEVIL'S ANVIL, THE Hard Rock From The Middle East (Rev-Ola) cd 16.98
We LOVE this album, and have for a long time. We first reviewed a reissue of this "exotic" 1967 garage-fuzz gem back in 2001, in fact making it a Record Of The Week. That reissue was a somewhat odd 2-fer-1 deal that included an album by another, pretty much utterly unrelated '60s psych band, The Freak Scene, kinda cool but not Middle Eastern styled like The Devil's Anvil. And it was The Devil's Anvil that was the real treasure on that disc, as far as we were concerned. If you haven't heard it yet, you're in luck, 'cause it's just been reissued again, getting a disc all to itself this time, courtesy of vintage rock specialists Rev-Ola, who do their usual nice job with the packaging and all.
The cover art shows the band hangin' in the desert in front of the pyramids of Egypt - but don't be fooled, they were actually mostly Arab-AMERICANS, based in New York City. Still, their rock n' roll was as authentically "Middle Eastern" as their Turkish contemporaries. They could have held their own with the likes of Erkin Koray and Mogollar.
The Devil's Anvil got together in the happenin' mid sixties Greenwich Village scene, playing their Middle Eastern influenced music at folk cafes and rock clubs. Eventually they hooked up with classical musician-turned-rocker Felix Pappalardi (producer of Cream's Disraeli Gears, later to play alongside Leslie West in Mountain). He began playing bass with the band and eventually scored the group a record deal. The resulting album was truly one-of-a-kind and would certainly made greater impact had it not been released on the very eve of the Arab-Israeli war in 1967. Thus, we're told no New York radio stations would play it and unfortunately the album has remained an expensive collector's find until its cd reissue.
The rock contained herein is absolutely kick ass, with bluesy and impassioned Arabic vocals, electric (or at least amplified) oud, bouzouki, tamboura, durbeki as well as the usual rock suspects of (fuzz!) guitar, bass and drums. The majority of the tracks here are either rock arrangements of traditional Middle Eastern and Greek numbers or original compositions, but a couple are actually straight traditional numbers with no western instruments at all. Plus there's an excellent Middle Eastern-esque rock arangement of surf classic "Misirlou" (of course, a song with its roots originally in Greek rembetika) that's perhaps the best version ever recorded, in our humble opinion. And the record ends with a Devil's Anvil original that kinda reminds us of one of the Beatles' more Eastern-influenced tunes. This is about as good as it gets. Very, very highly recommended! Nay, ESSENTIAL.
The cd booklet of this new reish includes original album graphics along with brand new liner notes from one of the writers at Shindig magazine, and a blurb on the back that just might have been parapharased from -our- Record Of The Week review of this album.
MPEG Stream: "Wala Dai"
MPEG Stream: "Shisheler"
MPEG Stream: "Hala Laya"
MPEG Stream: "Basaha"

album cover DHAMAAL SF Transitions EP (Dhamaal ) cd-r 8.98
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For those unfamiliar with Dhamaal SF (now abbreviated from Dhamaal Soundsystem), they're a Bay Area consortium of musicians and djs devoted to creating and promoting club music with a strong focus on Southeast Asian influences. Their lushly textured tracks are filled with sputtery frenetic breakbeats and are anchored by some deeeep dark dubby bass that's sure to stir much movin' and groovin'. This cd-r is their latest release which includes the album version of their track "Twilight Creeper" from their self-titled debut released last year ('twas definitely one of the highlights), as well as two new tracks and a remix of another album track "Z Motion". With guests Asian Dub Foundation's Dr. Das and Shiva Soundsystem!
MPEG Stream: "Bol Breaker"
MPEG Stream: "Z Motion (Shiva Soundsystem's Horn And Tusk Remix)"

album cover DHAMAAL SOUNDSYSTEM s/t (Surya Vault) cd 14.98
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The Bay Area music collective known as Dhamaal Soundsystem encorporate the vibrant sounds and influences of Southeast Asian music into their own with impressive results. At once gracefully fluid and aggressively edgy, they skillfully blend the electronic (spine-rattlin' breakbeats, thick dubbed out synth basslines) with the acoustic (tabla, sitar, flute and occasionally vocals). If you dig the potent sounds of groups such as Asian Dub Foundation or Tabla Beat Science, definitely check out the very like-minded Dhamaal. It's a fiery, elaborate and entirely dancefloor ready debut. Great!

MPEG Stream: "Oppaari"
MPEG Stream: "Twilight Creeper"

album cover DIABATE, DJIBRIL Hawa (Terp) cd 17.98
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Another gorgeous release from the Ex's Terp label, that brought us the amazing Konono No.1 live record and the Beraki double cd reviewed elsewhere on this list. Djibril Diabate is from Mali and is a master on the kora (a 21 string harp-lute) and the music he makes is unbelievably dreamy and otherworldy. Dense tangles of melodies, compex but smooth and soothing, minor key and super melodic. These are modern re-interpretations of traditional pieces, all instrumental, but based thematically on tales and stories that are centuries old. And sonically this could have been recorded 100 years ago (except for the crystal clear rcording of course). Hard to describe exactly what this sounds like, but it has a similar vibe to the recently reviewed Richard Crandell thumb piano cd. Swoonsome and twilighty, delicate but rich with harmonic overtones. It reminded some of us of a little of Christmas carols, but only if you can imagine a Christmas carol stripped to its essence, a crystalline framework of melody amd delicate filligree. So so lovely. Another cd vying for the coveted position of perfect late night / going-to-sleep record!
MPEG Stream: "Masani Cisse"
MPEG Stream: "Enkonen Sava"

DIABATE, TOUMANI Kaira (Hannibal / Rykodisc) cd 12.98

album cover DIABATE, TOUMANI The Mande Variations (Nonesuch) cd 17.98
Simply stunning sparse and majestic sounds from one of the most talented kora players of all time! Known for his collaborations with everyone from Ali Farka Toure, to Taj Mahal and Bjork. This is Toumani by himself and his kora which he employs to make such magical and enchanting music. Toumani has that same kind of elegance and sheer transcendence that folks like John Fahey and Ravi Shankar had/have with the instruments they mastered. The Mande Variations demonstrates how Diabate has been influenced by Indian classical music, flamenco and blues as well as the Griot music of his native home of Mali. This is the kind of record that allows you to just let go of everything as the hypnotic trance of Diabate's playing takes you away to a higher dimension. The Mande Variations is reminding us of some of our favorite beautiful sound of the last few years from the likes of James Blackshaw, Debashish Bhattacharya and Lanaya. Undeniably stunning and filled with trance inducing soul!
MPEG Stream: "Si naani"
MPEG Stream: "El Nabiyouna"
MPEG Stream: "Ismael Drame"

album cover DIAS DE BLUES s/t (Akarma) cd 15.98
The psych/prog reissues label Akarma from Italy has begun a campaign of mid price repressings, with stuff they had previously put out in their usual mini gatefold LP sleeve style packaging now being issued in jewel cases with the price knocked down a few bucks (a good thing, considering that the falling US dollar is making so many imports much more pricey). So we'll be getting a few old faves back in... Here's one for the old school stoner rockers among you: Dias de Blues. Heavy psychedelic blues rock from Uruguay circa 1972, kind of a slightly more wasted Latin American take on something along the lines of Cream. This album ventures from uptempo fuzz rockers to wailing blues harp jams to backwards-effected dirges, all with killer guitar leads and Spanish vocals. Cool. And there's a severed head being brandished by an equally disembodied arm on the cover!
MPEG Stream: "No Podran Conmigo"
MPEG Stream: "Toda Tu Vida"

DIAZ, FELIPE The Latin Jazz Quintet (Palladium) cd 14.98
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The title of the album is a bit of a misnomer, being that there are six people in this group, or maybe it's that leader Felipe Diaz forgot to count himself in. Who knows. though there's no recording date, by the sound of it, I'd guess it was recorded in the sixties. Diaz leads his group on vibes and, whether he was first or not, sounds just like Cal Tjader. But the weirdest thing about this album is that it features jazz head Eric Dolphy filling out the wind section with flute, clarinet, and alto sax.

album cover DIEUF-DIEUL DE THIES Aw Sa Yone Vol. 1 (Teranga Beat) cd 21.00
Another archival treasure from the so far flawless Teranga Beat label, this one from Senegalese big band Dieuf-Dieul De Thies, featuring orchestra chief (i.e. chef d'orchestre) and guitarist Pape Seck, who also played in Guelewar, another reissue we raved about here a while back. And like Guelewar, Dieuf-Dieul De Thies deliver a stirring and emotional Afro-psych that's lush and passionate, groovy and jazzy, dark and sultry, three vocalists creating incredible harmonies, wild percussion, amazing horns, and cool FX drenched psych guitar explorations. Heady heavenly stuff for sure. Long sprawling tracks that give the musicians plenty of space to stretch out, the songs marked by epic instrumental passages, with plenty of amazing soloing. The vibe here is very reminiscent of the Ethiopiques series, in that the sound is super hypnotic and sultry, the horns lyrical and almost lysergic in places. The multiple percussionists weaving a dense rhythmic core for the soloists to ride, the vocalists too. One of those rare recordings where every player, and every part of the sonic puzzles is practically impeccable.
As much as we love all the Teranga Beat releases, this one is fast becoming our favorite. It's the most jammy and psychedelic. And while there are a few tracks that are more upbeat, and more poppy, the bulk of the record is gorgeously melancholy and minor key, the lengthy jams sinewy and so utterly hypnotic and entrancing. The sound too is warm and rich, there are occasional drop outs and some obvious damage from the original tapes, but it only enhances the raw immediacy of the sound.
The group has a crazy history too, one that resulted in these recordings (as well as more to be released on a future second volume) to never be released until now. Which is all detailed in the booklet, which also includes liner notes from two of the members of Dieuf-Dieul De Thies. So So So recommended. One of our favorite reissues in recent memory, and a record that's been getting nonstop play around here. Anyone who digs Sublime Frequencies, Yaala Yaala and other world music reissues labels, who for some reason ISN'T following Teranga Beat, you're missing out big time, and have some serious catching up to do. No better place to start than right HERE.
MPEG Stream: "Na Binta"
MPEG Stream: "Aling Na Djimbe"
MPEG Stream: "Ndiguele"

album cover DIEUF-DIEUL DE THIES Aw Sa Yone Vol. 1 (Teranga Beat) 2lp 31.00
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Another archival treasure from the so far flawless Teranga Beat label, this one from Senegalese big band Dieuf-Dieul De Thies, featuring orchestra chief (i.e. chef d'orchestre) and guitarist Pape Seck, who also played in Guelewar, another reissue we raved about here a while back. And like Guelewar, Dieuf-Dieul De Thies deliver a stirring and emotional Afro-psych that's lush and passionate, groovy and jazzy, dark and sultry, three vocalists creating incredible harmonies, wild percussion, amazing horns, and cool FX drenched psych guitar explorations. Heady heavenly stuff for sure. Long sprawling tracks that give the musicians plenty of space to stretch out, the songs marked by epic instrumental passages, with plenty of amazing soloing. The vibe here is very reminiscent of the Ethiopiques series, in that the sound is super hypnotic and sultry, the horns lyrical and almost lysergic in places. The multiple percussionists weaving a dense rhythmic core for the soloists to ride, the vocalists too. One of those rare recordings where every player, and every part of the sonic puzzles is practically impeccable.
As much as we love all the Teranga Beat releases, this one is fast becoming our favorite. It's the most jammy and psychedelic. And while there are a few tracks that are more upbeat, and more poppy, the bulk of the record is gorgeously melancholy and minor key, the lengthy jams sinewy and so utterly hypnotic and entrancing. The sound too is warm and rich, there are occasional drop outs and some obvious damage from the original tapes, but it only enhances the raw immediacy of the sound.
The group has a crazy history too, one that resulted in these recordings (as well as more to be released on a future second volume) to never be released until now. Which is all detailed in the booklet, which also includes liner notes from two of the members of Dieuf-Dieul De Thies. So So So recommended. One of our favorite reissues in recent memory, and a record that's been getting nonstop play around here. Anyone who digs Sublime Frequencies, Yaala Yaala and other world music reissues labels, who for some reason ISN'T following Teranga Beat, you're missing out big time, and have some serious catching up to do. No better place to start than right HERE.
MPEG Stream: "Na Binta"
MPEG Stream: "Aling Na Djimbe"
MPEG Stream: "Ndiguele"

album cover DONOHUE, DERECK Subprime Frequencies (Chambara) cd-r 6.98
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We all love the Sublime Frequencies, pretty much every release offers up something new and exciting, and we really don't know a single person who hasn't gone nuts over at least something on SF, be they metalhead or dronelord, pop kid or indie rocker, the sounds Sublime Frequencies discover and disseminate are strangely effecting and truly universal. So it would make sense that other soundmakers would become even more obsessed, not just with the songs and the groups, but with the sounds themselves, and in some cases, might just be inspired to create their own sonic tribute to the label, and the releases.
Which brings us to Subprime Frequencies, a strange collaged audio experiment, created without the use of computers, all done old school, with every sound sourced from a Sublime Frequencies release, including Radio Palestine, Radio Pyongyang, Guitars Of The Golden Triangle, Radio India, Bush Taxi Mali and Latinamericarpet, all manipulated and arranged by Dereck Donohue, who eagle eyed aQ-ers might know from his groups Horseflesh, Ozmadawn and Perineum, all of whom we've raved about on the aQ list, and which is how we know he is a master sonic manipulator, which is even more obvious here, as he transforms these collections of world music into gorgeous gristly soundscapes and blown out drones and dirges. Don't let the opening track scare you off, it's a noisy one, but it's strangely pretty too, a crumbling distorted filed of glistening melodies, all crunchy and buzzy, an in-the-red distorto-raga that sounds a bit like some strange Sunroof! / Our Love Will Destroy the World mash up. The second track is differently dreamy, the sounds muted and woozy and washed out, a jumble of layered percussion, and swirling overtones, one that builds gradually to a soaring swirling majestic high end bliss out, before slipping into the next track, which takes a playful jingle and explodes it, turning it inside out, and transforming it into something fierce and ferocious, a wild tangled of buzzing melodies and grinding tones. The rest of the record unwinds dreamily, but like some sort of sonic fever dream, "Burning Voice" is a slow motion undulating swell of blurred voices, disembodied harmonies smeared into a Jeck like warble, while "Jungle Dream Machine" is all churning rhythms, skeletal and looped and darkly hypnotic. "Hermit Kingdom Choir" is a dreamy sun dappled shimmer of softly swirling voices and hazy washed out melodies, which eases you into "Slice Of Calcutta", a crumbling drone, rife with melodic buzz, the track blossoming into a dizzying whirl of lush chordal thrum, before collapsing back into "Golden Hallucination, which is truly hallucinatory, a dense wall of ever shifting layers, of tangled melodies, dense overtones and lots of buzz and hiss, and finally, the collection closes with "Crescent Of Fertility", a 9+ minute epic, that is super melodic, the melodies wreathed in fuzz and hum, slipping from proggy crunchy whorls, to cascading sheets of glimmering, glistening high end, to deep vocal laced cavernous dronemusic, epic and weirdly haunting. Gorgeous stuff.
LIMITED TO 50 COPIES, each one hand numbered, in fact, each one comes with a whole booklet, written out by hand, tracklist, liner notes, credits and everything, hand stamped and housed in a black digipak with a paste on front cover.
MPEG Stream: "Blown Out Dream"
MPEG Stream: "Ghosts Of The Sherpa"
MPEG Stream: "Third World Jingle"
MPEG Stream: "Burning Voice"

DOVES, THE The Lord Is My Shepherd (Tembo) cd 17.98

DOVES, THE The Lord Is My Shepherd (Tembo) lp 24.00

album cover DR. DELAY Rajaz Meter (Funk Weapons) cd-r 15.98
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Dr. D is a New York DJ best known to us for mashing up obscure '60 psych with current, crunken hiphop hitz. This limited edition cd-r mix, however, is pretty much all '60s and '70s grooves as far as we know -- no hiphop anyway. And it's got our number, 'cause so much of what he's spinning is that Turkish psych stuff we love, mixed in with some old and new Afrofunk a la Ethiopiques and Tinariwen, along with some further exotic flavors that fit. Some names we know/tracks we recognize: Selda, Bunalim, Edip Akbayram, Les Mogol, Erkin Koray, Baris Manco... and of course there's a bunch more we don't, all of it pretty cool though. It's a bit like that Trap Door mix, in a romantic mood. Plus this is a true turntablist mix, featuring 31 short selections (mostly 1-2 minute edits), flowing quite nicely, occasionally enhanced with some scratchy-scratch whip-whip-whap. The discs we have are from the first numbered 250 copy edition, in screenprinted cardboard sleeves.
MPEG Stream: BEYBONLAR "Nenni"
MPEG Stream: VINGUEN "Crazy Heart"

DRUMS OF DEATH (Avant) cd 19.98
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Part of the "world music" series on John Zorn's Japanese Avant label, this one being field recordings from Ghanaian drumming. Milford Graves loves it!

album cover DUCK FIGHT GOOSE History b/w Ghost Is Online (Genjing / Maybe Mars / Tenzenmen / Uptown) 7" 9.98
This oddly named (can't the ducks and the geese just get along?) band hails from mainland China, and play an idiosyncratic blend of indiepop and mathrock and more... They've been around since 2009, doing an ep, an lp, and now this 7", which is the first thing we've heard by them. We're probably the only store in the States to have it, 'cause our friend Daniel, who used to run the pirate radio station here in SF where aQ's Allan and Alison did their 'Klaus To The Edge' progrock show, moved to Shanghai and opened a vinyl record store there, Uptown, which is also a label. So, this is one of Uptown's initial releases, and DFG are worth checking out to get a taster of what's happening in the Shanghai scene. They certainly seem ambitious. They even played at SXSW this year, and are getting big in China too, winning some awards at the Shanghai Grammies!
Part Tortoise, part Talking Heads... we don't know. On the anthemic A side, "His Story", it almost sounds like U2 is an influence. Grandiose stuff. The B side is equally catchy, but a bit quirkier. Definitely some '80s alt pop to their sound. And you wouldn't necessarily guess they were Chinese.
Pressed on nice white vinyl.

album cover DUCK FIGHT GOOSE Sports (Maybe Mars) cd 13.98
We sold a ton of singles from this Chinese band, based on what was essentially a one sentence review. Which described them as sounding a bit like Tortoise and the Talking Heads. And we got this back in early 2012 before the deluge of Chinese underground rock we've been freaking out over lately. We always wanted to review their full length, due in no small part to the super gross / creepy / cool photoshopped spider lady / weightlifting cover art. Now we finally got enough, and once you make it past the cover, you'll discover a sound that is pretty difficult to describe. Not sure if the Taking Heads / Tortoise description still applies, but DFG are in fact one of the few Chinese bands that does NOT seem to be channeling nineties indie/college rock, instead, they seem to be crafting some sort of mutant stadium rock, that is equal parts sweeping, epic majesty, and twisted, lo-fi noisiness. Strange bedfellows, but it works, at least if you're in the market for something simultaneously poppy and bombastic, damaged and sorta psychedelic.
Just check out the opener, which has strident vocals way up in the mix, over a super melodic guitar part, and pounding drums, but the whole thing is wreathed in a cloud of staticky hiss, and underneath everything, there seems to be a churning backdrop of pulsing electronics, not to mention swirly almost proggy sounding synths, the whole thing mathy and noisy, fuzzy, and sorta like a mad scientist was creating a huge arena rock band Weird Science style, but got one of the ingredients just slightly wrong, so the end result was blissfully and twistedly off kilter, but with just enough of the arena rock DNA to keep it from devolving into full on weirdness.
And that pretty much sets the stage for the rest of Sports, the band slipping into more groovy, almost new waviness ("Future Is A Cult"), big drum driven sort of sing alongs ("Golden Gate"), fuzzy, krautrocky elecro-pop ("Glass Walls"), and tribal drum / synth buzz blowouts ("Modern Friends"), and that's just the first half of the record. We're thinking some weird mix of Modern Flaming Lips, Gang Gang Dance, and early Arcade Fire? Sound weird, and it is, but that's what makes it so cool, and seriously unlike probably anything you've heard!
MPEG Stream: "Athletes"
MPEG Stream: "Future Is A Cult"
MPEG Stream: "Golden Gate"

album cover DUG DUG'S s/t (Lion Productions / Get On Down) cd 14.98
This nice new reissue - and first time reish on vinyl - just HAD to be Record Of The Week. Boy oh boy do we love this band. An old, old favorite - in more ways that one, since these guys hail from the '70s. When we first discovered them some years ago, via their track on the Love Peace & Poetry: Latin America compilation, and then got their reissued albums on import cd, we were like, why aren't they famous?? Well, perhaps they are, or at least were, in Mexico where they're from (they're called Los Dug Dug's on account of being from the city of Durango, in the Mexican state of Durango).
Los Dug Dug's are, for us, a perfect blend of rock n' roll things we love: garage rock, psych-pop, power-prog. Lotsa cowbell, fuzz guitar, and flute, yes flute (especially on their second album, Smog). Part Tull, part Beatles, part Kinks, part Kiss...pretty darn kick ass really.
This self-titled album was their first, from the magic musical year of 1971, though sounding very sixties, and features English language vocals. It includes some of our favorite Dug Dug's songs, including the brilliant "Lost In My World" (also heard on the Mexican installment of the Love Peace & Poetry compilation series). There's also the frantic fuzzfest "Let's Make It Now" (which also boasts a drum solo), the groovy jangle of "I Got The Feeling", the equally groovy "It's Over" (with a nice JB's style intro), the very Beatlesy "Going Home", the lovely, spaced out "Sometimes", and the flutey, fanciful "Who Would Look At Me?", among other great flower POWER tunes. And when we say great, we mean really great. As in, this album is all-time favorite stuff for those lucky enough be clued in. Sure there's lots of wonderful obscurities out there, but Los Dug Dug's are one of those bands, like Q65, or Flower Travellin' Band, who you'd be hearing all the time on classic rock radio if they'd come from Detroit instead of Durango.
Now, we love ALL the Dug Dug's albums, and are happy to tell you that Smog (1972) will soon be getting the same reissue treatment by Lion/Get On Down soon, we should have it in a few weeks, and it'll probably have to be a ROTW too. Hopefully they'll also be reissuing Los Dug Dug's other albums Cambia, Cambia (1974) and El Loco (1975) eventually as well, one of these days.
Like we said, we've listed this album (and those others by Los Dug Dug's) before, but it was always tough to keep enough of 'em in stock, they were Mexican imports and never reliably available, seemingly going in and out of print in quite random fashion. Hopefully this new version will be around longer, and remain easy to stock! Also, this is the very first time we've seen any Dug Dug's reissued on VINYL, yay, and they've done a fine job of it.
Meanwhile, the new compact disc edition comes packaged in a nice, plastic protected miniature lp style sleeve, complete with obi strip... unfortunately beyond the brief blurb on the obi, there's no liner notes for this reissue, which is too bad 'cause we'd like to know more about this band who should be much better known north of the border. The obi alludes to the band's "failed trip to NYC" where they were hoping for their big break, that didn't work out but then they went back to Mexico and recorded this album, starting a sterling career regardless. We'd like to know more... according to Wikipedia, apparently they had some problems with the musician's union in New York, but upon their return to Mexico, bringing with them the music of the Beatles, they became one of the country's biggest rock acts, leaders in the new youth culture there. So it's unfortunate that some knowledgeable liner notes couldn't have been arranged, we're sure the Dug Dug's story is a fascinating one, but at least in all other respects the packaging is top-notch (though it would have been nice to have the tracklist someplace other than just on the obi, like on the back cover the way it is with the vinyl). In any case, it's the music that matters, and regarding that the obi has all the facts: "must have"... "essential".
MPEG Stream: "Lost In My World"
MPEG Stream: "Without Thinking"
MPEG Stream: "Let's Make It Now"
MPEG Stream: "I Got The Feeling"

album cover DUG DUG'S s/t (Lion Productions / Get On Down) lp 19.98
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This nice new reissue - and first time reish on vinyl - just HAD to be Record Of The Week. Boy oh boy do we love this band. An old, old favorite - in more ways that one, since these guys hail from the '70s. When we first discovered them some years ago, via their track on the Love Peace & Poetry: Latin America compilation, and then got their reissued albums on import cd, we were like, why aren't they famous?? Well, perhaps they are, or at least were, in Mexico where they're from (they're called Los Dug Dug's on account of being from the city of Durango, in the Mexican state of Durango).
Los Dug Dug's are, for us, a perfect blend of rock n' roll things we love: garage rock, psych-pop, power-prog. Lotsa cowbell, fuzz guitar, and flute, yes flute (especially on their second album, Smog). Part Tull, part Beatles, part Kinks, part Kiss...pretty darn kick ass really.
This self-titled album was their first, from the magic musical year of 1971, though sounding very sixties, and features English language vocals. It includes some of our favorite Dug Dug's songs, including the brilliant "Lost In My World" (also heard on the Mexican installment of the Love Peace & Poetry compilation series). There's also the frantic fuzzfest "Let's Make It Now" (which also boasts a drum solo), the groovy jangle of "I Got The Feeling", the equally groovy "It's Over" (with a nice JB's style intro), the very Beatlesy "Going Home", the lovely, spaced out "Sometimes", and the flutey, fanciful "Who Would Look At Me?", among other great flower POWER tunes. And when we say great, we mean really great. As in, this album is all-time favorite stuff for those lucky enough be clued in. Sure there's lots of wonderful obscurities out there, but Los Dug Dug's are one of those bands, like Q65, or Flower Travellin' Band, who you'd be hearing all the time on classic rock radio if they'd come from Detroit instead of Durango.
Now, we love ALL the Dug Dug's albums, and are happy to tell you that Smog (1972) will soon be getting the same reissue treatment by Lion/Get On Down soon, we should have it in a few weeks, and it'll probably have to be a ROTW too. Hopefully they'll also be reissuing Los Dug Dug's other albums Cambia, Cambia (1974) and El Loco (1975) eventually as well, one of these days.
Like we said, we've listed this album (and those others by Los Dug Dug's) before, but it was always tough to keep enough of 'em in stock, they were Mexican imports and never reliably available, seemingly going in and out of print in quite random fashion. Hopefully this new version will be around longer, and remain easy to stock! Also, this is the very first time we've seen any Dug Dug's reissued on VINYL, yay, and they've done a fine job of it.
Meanwhile, the new compact disc edition comes packaged in a nice, plastic protected miniature lp style sleeve, complete with obi strip... unfortunately beyond the brief blurb on the obi, there's no liner notes for this reissue, which is too bad 'cause we'd like to know more about this band who should be much better known north of the border. The obi alludes to the band's "failed trip to NYC" where they were hoping for their big break, that didn't work out but then they went back to Mexico and recorded this album, starting a sterling career regardless. We'd like to know more... according to Wikipedia, apparently they had some problems with the musician's union in New York, but upon their return to Mexico, bringing with them the music of the Beatles, they became one of the country's biggest rock acts, leaders in the new youth culture there. So it's unfortunate that some knowledgeable liner notes couldn't have been arranged, we're sure the Dug Dug's story is a fascinating one, but at least in all other respects the packaging is top-notch (though it would have been nice to have the tracklist someplace other than just on the obi, like on the back cover the way it is with the vinyl). In any case, it's the music that matters, and regarding that the obi has all the facts: "must have"... "essential".

album cover DUG DUG'S Smog (Lion / Get On Down) cd 14.98
And as promised last list, when we made the reissue of seventies Mexican psych legends Los Dug Dug's 1971 self-titled debut a Record Of The Week, here's their equally Record Of The Week worthy second album, 1972's Smog, now also reissued on both cd and, for the first time, vinyl! And as we said then, we love this band! Why? 'Cause Los Dug Dug's kick out jams that are part garage rock grooviness, part Beatlesy bliss, part power pop, part proto-metal, and part prog (with flute!!). What's not to love? And we haven't even mentioned the heavy dosage of FUZZ they supply, either!
Unlike the debut, which was Mexico's first rock record sung all in English, Smog is sung in Spanish, and sees Los Dug Dug's stripped down to an amped up power trio format, led as always by guitarist/vocalist Armando Nava (he's on the right in the cover picture, with the dyed grey long hair and beard, looking like some pensive psychedelic wise man or wizard). Pretty sure he's also the one playing the flute here, pumping up the progginess in a hard rock context that could kinda be likened to Jethro Tull meets the MC5, yeah, and reminds us of Italian prog faves Osanna, too.
Smog is one smokin' album, it's hard to pick favorite tracks, as they're all so good, but we'd have to mention both the lovely ballad "Voy Hacia El Cielo (Voy Hacia El Sol)" and the motorcycle revving, ecological protest rocker "Smog". Yep, just like their self-titled debut, this one's got plenty of both the heavy rockers and the gentler, poppier stuff, but leans towards the former, and seems more '70s than their first album, which had more of a '60s feel to it.
Air pollution is certainly a '70s theme, also something that any band based in Mexico City would be concerned about, and the title Smog gives this a heavier vibe than if they'd called it something like Flowers & Incense, eh? In keeping with their new style and attitude, they do a Spanish-language remake / update of the debut's frantic garage beat number "Let's Make It Now", stretching it to almost 12 minutes, as a totally progged out, flute-fortified five part suite, now titled "Hagamasolo Ahora (2a. Parte)", while retaining all the energetic excitement of the original. The energy level of this entire album is exhilarating, there's a couple pleasant acoustic numbers but otherwise it's quite rough, rhythmic, and riffy.
As we said when we reviewed the reissue of the debut, we've listed this album (and several others by the band) before, but it was always tough to keep enough of 'em in stock, they were Mexican imports and never reliably available, seemingly going in and out of print in quite random fashion. Hopefully these new editions will be around longer, and remain easy to stock. Also, these reissues are the very first time we've seen any Dug Dug's reissued on VINYL, yay!!!
As with the self-titled debut, the new cd version of this comes packaged in a handsome plastic-protected miniature lp style sleeve, complete with obi strip. Other than the text on the obi, there's no liner notes for this reissue, which we're told is a result of the difficulties inherent in licensing a release like this from a major label (it's owned by Sony BMG). In any case, we're glad it got reissued again, at all, and it's nice enough! Sooo recommended, equally up there with the debut, maybe even better, especially for folks who dig the cowbell-knockin', fuzz rockin' action.
MPEG Stream: "Smog"
MPEG Stream: "Yo No Se"
MPEG Stream: "No Sosmos Malos"
MPEG Stream: "Voy Hacia El Cielo (Voy Hacia El Sol)"

album cover DUG DUG'S Smog (Lion / Get On Down) lp 19.98
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And as promised last list, when we made the reissue of seventies Mexican psych legends Los Dug Dug's 1971 self-titled debut a Record Of The Week, here's their equally Record Of The Week worthy second album, 1972's Smog, now also reissued on both cd and, for the first time, vinyl! And as we said then, we love this band! Why? 'Cause Los Dug Dug's kick out jams that are part garage rock grooviness, part Beatlesy bliss, part power pop, part proto-metal, and part prog (with flute!!). What's not to love? And we haven't even mentioned the heavy dosage of FUZZ they supply, either!
Unlike the debut, which was Mexico's first rock record sung all in English, Smog is sung in Spanish, and sees Los Dug Dug's stripped down to an amped up power trio format, led as always by guitarist/vocalist Armando Nava (he's on the right in the cover picture, with the dyed grey long hair and beard, looking like some pensive psychedelic wise man or wizard). Pretty sure he's also the one playing the flute here, pumping up the progginess in a hard rock context that could kinda be likened to Jethro Tull meets the MC5, yeah, and reminds us of Italian prog faves Osanna, too.
Smog is one smokin' album, it's hard to pick favorite tracks, as they're all so good, but we'd have to mention both the lovely ballad "Voy Hacia El Cielo (Voy Hacia El Sol)" and the motorcycle revving, ecological protest rocker "Smog". Yep, just like their self-titled debut, this one's got plenty of both the heavy rockers and the gentler, poppier stuff, but leans towards the former, and seems more '70s than their first album, which had more of a '60s feel to it.
Air pollution is certainly a '70s theme, also something that any band based in Mexico City would be concerned about, and the title Smog gives this a heavier vibe than if they'd called it something like Flowers & Incense, eh? In keeping with their new style and attitude, they do a Spanish-language remake / update of the debut's frantic garage beat number "Let's Make It Now", stretching it to almost 12 minutes, as a totally progged out, flute-fortified five part suite, now titled "Hagamasolo Ahora (2a. Parte)", while retaining all the energetic excitement of the original. The energy level of this entire album is exhilarating, there's a couple pleasant acoustic numbers but otherwise it's quite rough, rhythmic, and riffy.
As we said when we reviewed the reissue of the debut, we've listed this album (and several others by the band) before, but it was always tough to keep enough of 'em in stock, they were Mexican imports and never reliably available, seemingly going in and out of print in quite random fashion. Hopefully these new editions will be around longer, and remain easy to stock. Also, these reissues are the very first time we've seen any Dug Dug's reissued on VINYL, yay!!!
As with the self-titled debut, the new cd version of this comes packaged in a handsome plastic-protected miniature lp style sleeve, complete with obi strip. Other than the text on the obi, there's no liner notes for this reissue, which we're told is a result of the difficulties inherent in licensing a release like this from a major label (it's owned by Sony BMG). In any case, we're glad it got reissued again, at all, and it's nice enough! Sooo recommended, equally up there with the debut, maybe even better, especially for folks who dig the cowbell-knockin', fuzz rockin' action.
MPEG Stream: "Smog"
MPEG Stream: "Yo No Se"
MPEG Stream: "No Sosmos Malos"
MPEG Stream: "Voy Hacia El Cielo (Voy Hacia El Sol)"

DUG DUG'S, LOS Cambia, Cambia (BMG Mexico) cd 16.98
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DUPRAT, ROGERIO A Banda Tropicalista Do Duprat (El) cd 21.00
Mutantes producer's album... lotsa strings.

album cover DYNE, THE Swim. Fly Roots (Genjing) 7" 9.98
More cool music from China, this one a 7" from a duo called The Dyne, who deliver some cool droned out psychedelic post rock on the A side, all sinewy basslines and mathy drumming, anchoring clouds of distorted riffage, and pulsing guitar shimmer, motorik and hypnotic, laced with subtle FX and little sonic curlicues, but with some crazy catchy melodies, almost like it could the theme song / credit music from some super cult show, check out the segment at about 1:15, the sort of part you kinda want to go on forever, made all the cooler but only surfacing a couple times. The flipside though find the band crafting something more poppy and proper songlike, the sonic palette similar to the A side, but a bit more frantic and frenetic, with chiming melodies and jagged guitar crunch, the vocals buried in the mix, a little droney and croony, the song seesawing back and forth between crunchy indie jangle and more brooding indie rock drift. Cool stuff. And yet another band to add to the long list of recent discoveries from the impossibly fertile Chinese underground rock scene!
MPEG Stream: "Swim"

album cover EBTEKAR, ATA Dear Iran, Miniature Engines Throb In Time For Your Beating Heart (Merzbild) cd 15.98
It's been a while since we've heard from Ata Ebtekar, an Iranian sound artist and electronic composer born in Germany, who previously recorded for Warp under the name Sote, creating a clutch of killer records that were furious and fractured, beat heavy concoctions that found him fusing rave and drone and jungle into something much more dense and confusional. And dense and confusional is definitely a good way to describe the music he makes under his own name, a 'world music' of his own invention, but unlike the collaborative record he released with the Iranian Orchestra For New Music, released on local label Isounderscore, on which he took recordings and manipulated them, other than some prepared traditional instruments, Dear Iran is a wholly original work, of vast sonic scope. We read up on Ebtekar, and could have just paraphrased the dense academic description of his work, and this record, but odds are most folks just want to know what it sounds like, and Dear Iran is incredible, dense and dizzying, at times almost overwhelming, layer upon layer of textures and mutated percussion. There are no 'beats' to be found here, this is definitely not a beat record, but it is rhythmic, it just so happens that the rhythms are often implied, gnarled tangles of cascading tones, of garbled processed crunch, fractured melodies, and gristled fields of blurred glitch, it's actually quite difficult to describe, as it really does sound unlike most of what you've heard. Some tracks are almost cinematic, sweeping sheets of buzz and squelch, bits of clang and clatter seem to be pulled apart at the molecular level, and recast as flurries of splatter and skitter, which is then sculpted into almost melodic shapes, bell like tones surface throughout, lending the record most of its melodic heft, but those tones are often all twisted up, smeared into hazy chordal streaks, or laid atop one another creating strange pulsing harmonies, or alternately, lush minimal stretches of hushed bleep and bloop, all wreathed in clouds of electro static thrum. The rhythmic component surfaces throughout as well, but not in any way you might expect, a burst of tangled melodic squiggles, will suddenly coalesce and transform into a lurching stutter step pulse, before dissolving into a fog of pixelated prismatic flutter, or a seemingly freeform assemblage of rumble and whir, will gradually take the shape of mysterious propulsive soft noise streaks, before once again, splintering into a field of strange digital crunches and shimmery, or fractured swirls of darkly droney, woozy electro-minimal psychedelia. Gorgeous stuff for sure, as equally suited to academic deep listening, as pure sound, audial overload sonic bliss out. WAY recommended.
MPEG Stream: "Bang O Bargh"
MPEG Stream: "Lilac Nilak"

album cover EBTEKAR, ATA & THE IRANIAN ORCHESTRA FOR NEW MUSIC Ornamental (Isounderscore) 2lp 24.00
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We first heard from Ata Abtekar under his pseudonym Sote, with a flurry of releases for Warp, then Dielectric, and a sound that definitely hit the spot, a deft amalgamation of fractured jungle, old school rave music, downtempo beatscapes, and shimmery dronemusic. More recently he helped compile a double disc compilation called Persian Electronic Music: Yesterday And Today (1966-2006), still to be reviewed, which collected the work of legendary Iranian new music composer Alireza Mashayekhi on one disc, and Ebtekar's more modern compositions on the other, drawing a sort of sonic timeline between Persian new music past and present, which leads directly to this double lp.
A long in the works 'collaboration' between Ebtekar and Mashayekhi. For these extended sonic explorations, Ebtekar took pieces composed by Mashayekhi, and performed by the Iranian Orchestra For New Music, and then applied various techniques to the sounds, taking live recordings, studio tracks, and then processing them, rearranging them, adding effects and samples, synthesizers, adding original sounds, harmonies and melodies, for a unique sort of modern classical Persian musiq concrete.
The original sounds are definitely present, this is most certainly not a case of the sample being rendered unrecognizable, those original sounds are as important to these pieces as anything Ebtekar had to add. Flurries of piano, moaning cellos, pizzicato plucks, soaring strings, subtle percussion, all surface here and there, and often, they are wreathed in fuzzy drones, or chopped into strangely percussive loops, or jumbled up into something much more chaotic, but just as often, Ebtekar's machinations are much more subtle, playing along as if he were not a remixer per se, but another player in the orchestra, only armed with a computer and effects instead of a flute or violin.
The sounds are varied and wondrous, from fantastical flurries of wild freaked out electronic flecked free form soft noise, to delicate tinklings and hushed moonlit drift, spacey metallic shimmers to haunting alien music box like lullabyes, Eastern sounding folk fragments drifting in soft swirls of rumble and hiss, long stretches of barely there melody and wispy streaks of distant rumble. Really quite mysterious and beautiful, whether you're into modern classical, electronic music, abstract dronemusic, or all of the above. ESPECIALLY all of the above.
Beautiful screened sleeves, with a printed insert, detailing the project, as well as the various performers and composers.

album cover EBTEKAR, ATA AND THE IRANIAN ORCHESTRA FOR NEW MUSIC Performing Works Of Alireza Mashayekhi (Sub Rosa) cd 16.98

album cover ECA, LUIS Y LA FAMILIA SAGRADA La Nueva Onda Del Brasil (Vampisoul) cd 19.98
Here comes another lost gem from Brazil. This time it's from 1970 by a group led by the thrilling piano playing of Luiz Eca (who was in Tamba Trio / Tamba 4). This is dazzling and bright dynamic pop swimming in samba, African rhythms, and an undying pep that radiates throughout the recording. Joining Eca is a cast of 13 adding an onslaught of sounds and voices to the affair. The seven minute opener "Homen Da Sucurasal /Barravento" is one of the best lead off tracks we've ever heard! Catchy, bizarre and all the right and unexpected twists and turns. As the record plays out its samba roots are explored. On it, and throughout the album you can hear hints of the sounds of many bands that would came decades later like Stereolab and White Magic, of course all drenched in a samba vibe that would make Sergio Mendes proud.
MPEG Stream: "Homem da Suc / Barravento"
MPEG Stream: "Las Vamos Nos"

album cover EDIP AKBAYRAM & DOSTLAR Nedir Ne Decildir? (World Psychedelia Ltd.) cd 17.98
Here's another one to add to the list of stellar '60s/'70s Turkish psych-rock reissues, along with Erkin Koray, 3 Hur-el, and Mogollar! From '75 or '76, Edip Akbayram & Dostlar are very '70s indeed...it's much more of a severe collision between the trad. folk tunes and the Western electric rock than some of those groups. The very first track might throw you for a loop, but past that sappy, poppy number with its soft-rock strings and horns and tinkling piano, this record suddenly gets a whole lot rockier, heavier, and funkier. Imagine an Anatolian Pop score for some groovy car-chase flick...the schlocky, sizzling vintage '70s synths enhance the kitsch value and sound good amidst the traditional ethnic instrumention (arranged by one of the Mogollar guys). Edip and Dostlar dish out the hard rock and funk with a groovy bottom end, psych guitar riffage, Edip's powerful vocals and wah-wah augmented Turkish saz. With proggy weirdness like flute attacks and studio tape speed manipulation, this is some bad-ass 'exotica' for sure. Anyone addicted to the Middle Eastern psych rock scene-sound from back in the hazy day like we are will find this a fine addition to their collection. Includes 4 bonus tracks quite like the album cuts. Real cool.
MPEG Stream: "Arabam Kaldi Yolda"
MPEG Stream: "Kolum Nerden Aldin Zinciri"

album cover EDZAYAWA Projection One (Soundway) cd 16.98
As promised last list, when we reviewed Rob's Make It Fast, Make It Slow, here's the other killer African '70s reissue that the folks at the Soundway label just blessed us with, the 1973 Projection One album from Ghana's Edzayawa band, their sole release. Once again, this proves that the international groove scene of yesteryear just won't quit. Deep digging labels like Soundway are getting nowhere near to the bottom of the barrel, if albums like this are any indication. Edzayawa is top flight stuff, funky and kinda freaky, with tight percussive grooves in complex patterns arranged into what amount to mostly-instrumental, dark & intense "Afro-prog" workouts. There's often someone jamming away on the organ, also outbursts of some slightly surfy guitar twang, occasional emphatic vocals (usually in an African dialect), and even an interlude or two of crazy whistling flute (?). But it's the staggering rhythms, ticking away steadily, speeding up, slowing down, sometimes with echoing, almost dubbed out production, that will keep you in thrall. Hot stuff. Finding just one awesome obscure album like this would be an accomplishment for most reissue labels, for Soundway it apparently ain't no thing.
MPEG Stream: "Darkness"
MPEG Stream: "Gondzin"
MPEG Stream: "Amanehun"

album cover EDZAYAWA Projection One (Soundway) lp 24.00
And now on vinyl too!! As mentioned when we reviewed Rob's Make It Fast, Make It Slow, here's the other killer African '70s reissue that the folks at the Soundway label just blessed us with, the 1973 Projection One album from Ghana's Edzayawa band, their sole release. Once again, this proves that the international groove scene of yesteryear just won't quit. Deep digging labels like Soundway are getting nowhere near to the bottom of the barrel, if albums like this are any indication. Edzayawa is top flight stuff, funky and kinda freaky, with tight percussive grooves in complex patterns arranged into what amount to mostly-instrumental, dark & intense "Afro-prog" workouts. There's often someone jamming away on the organ, also outbursts of some slightly surfy guitar twang, occasional emphatic vocals (usually in an African dialect), and even an interlude or two of crazy whistling flute (?). But it's the staggering rhythms, ticking away steadily, speeding up, slowing down, sometimes with echoing, almost dubbed out production, that will keep you in thrall. Hot stuff. Finding just one awesome obscure album like this would be an accomplishment for most reissue labels, for Soundway it apparently ain't no thing.
MPEG Stream: "Darkness"
MPEG Stream: "Gondzin"
MPEG Stream: "Amanehun"

EEK Live At The Cairo High Cinema Institute (Nashazphone) lp 27.00

EGGSTONE Ca Chauffe En Suede! Avec... (Tricatel) cd 16.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.

album cover EL COMBO XINGU Xingu (Disco Es Cultura) lp 16.98

album cover EL DIN, HAMZA Al Oud (Vanguard) cd 12.98
We couldn't be more stoked that Egyptian legend Hamza El Din's first two records have finally been made available to us on cd. His music has had such a lasting impact on such a wide range of artists. You can hear hints of his exquisite playing in the work of everyone from Sandy Bull (who he lived with for a bit while in the states) and John Fahey, to The Grateful Dead (who toured Egypt thanks to his help), to Ali Farka Toure, Tinariwen, James Blackshaw, Debashish Bhattacharya, etc. The way he used his oud to make such resonating and soulful sounds transcends language, culture or geography. Even with his soulful vocals, it doesn't matter if you don't understand the words because it's the rich emotional tone of his voice that taps into something greater then letters, words or language.
Al Oud was his second album, released in 1965, billed as a record of instrumental and vocal music from Nubia. What haunting yet majestic and soul piercing sounds. No doubt about it, El Din belongs in that special class of transcendent musicians like Alice Coltrane, Ali Farka Toure, Ravi Shankar, and Ali Akbar Khan. Totally essential!
MPEG Stream: "Childhood"
MPEG Stream: "Grandfathers' Stories"
MPEG Stream: "The Fortune Teller"

album cover EL DIN, HAMZA Escalay (The Water Wheel): Oud Music (Nonesuch) cd 12.98
A popular lute throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East, the oud has 6 six strings, all of which but for the lowest in pitch are paired up (like in a twelve string guitar). Hamza El Din hails originally from Nubia (which is absorbed within Egypt near the Sudan) and on this album he claims to fuse elements of both Sudan and Egypt into his distinct Nubian style. A couple of interesting facts I never knew about El Din: he not only played with the Grateful Dead live occasionally, he organized their tour of Egypt (Yikes! But don't let that dissuade you non-deadheads out there.) He also roomed at guitarist Sandy Bull's place for a spell (hence the source of the influence on Bull's piece "Blend".) Escalay was originally released by Nonesuch in 1971, but unlike many other artists featured in the Explorer series, it wasn't Hamza El Din's first commercial release (In fact, it was his third release and was apparently recorded after he had emigrated to the United States.) But this was the album that everyone, including Mickey Hart, initially went nuts over and the album that everyone still hails as his greatest -- Kronos Quartet commissioned El Din to arrange the title track for their 1992 release Pieces Of Africa. The first two tracks are mesmerizing -- 21 and 12 minute respectively -- pieces for oud and voice (both El Din's) and the third is a 5 minute piece for tar (frame drum) and voice. Hamza El Din's oud playing is so damn seductive, it seems to warp one's perception of time. The first time I put this disc on to listen to and write, I found myself just sitting paralized through the first two tracks before the crisp snapping of the tar awoke me from my reverie. His playing is so effortless as to understate his virtuosity, it's no wonder that it's so easy to become completely absorbed in his compositions. Listening closely, you can hear El Din manipulating the timbre of his instrument on a macro level: coaxing out texture from the warm buzz of the strings. Buying this CD, your only disappointment will be in its brevity of just under 40 minutes.
RealAudio clip: "Escalay (the Water Wheel)"
RealAudio clip: "Song With Tar"

album cover EL DIN, HAMZA Music Of Nubia (Vanguard) cd 13.98
We couldn't be more stoked that Egyptian legend Hamza El Din's first two records have finally been made available to us on cd. His music has had such a lasting impact on such a wide range of artists. You can hear hints of his exquisite playing in the work of everyone from Sandy Bull (who he lived with for a bit while in the states) and John Fahey, to The Grateful Dead (who toured Egypt thanks to his help), to Ali Farka Toure, Tinariwen, James Blackshaw, Debashish Bhattacharya, etc. The way he used his oud to make such resonating and soulful sounds transcends language, culture or geography. Even with his soulful vocals, it doesn't matter if you don't understand the words because it's the rich emotional tone of his voice that taps into something greater then letters, words or language.
Music Of Nubia was El Din's debut album, released in 1964, this really was one of the first records from Africa to breakthrough and find a wider audience in the western world, and for great reason! What haunting yet majestic and soul piercing sounds! No doubt about it, El Din belongs in that special class of transcendent musicians like Alice Coltrane, Ali Farka Toure, Ravi Shankar, and Ali Akbar Khan. Totally essential!
MPEG Stream: "Fegir Nedan (Call To Worship)"
MPEG Stream: "Aiga Denos Ailanga (Give Back My Heart)"
MPEG Stream: "Shahadag Og (Believe)"

album cover EL GUINCHO Pop Negro (Young Turks) cd 13.98
Summer in San Francisco is a funny thing. It doesn't really happen, most of July and even August is chilly, grey, and windy. We know we have no room to really complain about the weather here, but it can get you down. Luckily we do usually get this small blast of Indian Summer that hits late in September and we all run to the park, the beach, a lake, anywhere to soak it all up as much as we can, as we know it will be gone before we know it. So in these times of packing in as much summer as we can in just a handful of days we really need and relish when an end of the summer jam shows up just in time to blast as we play in the sunshine.
El Guincho has given us the perfect bright, bouncy and colorful soundtrack that's beyond perfect for tapping into the carefree vibe of running through waves and playing in sand, the fleeting summer state of mind that is already on its way out. Picking up perfectly where his 2008 debut left off, and even upping he quality of songcraft and irresistibility. While El Guincho is from Spain, his music really sounds like someone so in touch with so many great sounds being made across the globe. It's a universal kind of super smart and catchy dance minded pop, filled with so many cascading melodies, catchy rhythms and such impeccable taste.
One of those perfect records that seamlessly mixes synths, samples, and live instruments along with warm and welcoming vocals to create songs that are made for letting down your guard and soaking up some much needed joy and sunshine. So damn good!
MPEG Stream: "Bombay"
MPEG Stream: "FM Tan Sexy"
MPEG Stream: "Lycra Mistral"

album cover EL GUINCHO Pop Negro (Young Turks) lp 15.98
Now on vinyl! Summer in San Francisco is a funny thing. It doesn't really happen, most of July and even August is chilly, grey, and windy. We know we have no room to really complain about the weather here, but it can get you down. Luckily we do usually get this small blast of Indian Summer that hits late in September and we all run to the park, the beach, a lake, anywhere to soak it all up as much as we can, as we know it will be gone before we know it. So in these times of packing in as much summer as we can in just a handful of days we really need and relish when an end of the summer jam shows up just in time to blast as we play in the sunshine.
El Guincho has given us the perfect bright, bouncy and colorful soundtrack that's beyond perfect for tapping into the carefree vibe of running through waves and playing in sand, the fleeting summer state of mind that is already on its way out. Picking up perfectly where his 2008 debut left off, and even upping he quality of songcraft and irresistibility. While El Guincho is from Spain, his music really sounds like someone so in touch with so many great sounds being made across the globe. It's a universal kind of super smart and catchy dance minded pop, filled with so many cascading melodies, catchy rhythms and such impeccable taste.
One of those perfect records that seamlessly mixes synths, samples, and live instruments along with warm and welcoming vocals to create songs that are made for letting down your guard and soaking up some much needed joy and sunshine. So damn good!
MPEG Stream: "Bombay"
MPEG Stream: "FM Tan Sexy"
MPEG Stream: "Lycra Mistral"

album cover EL POLEN Cholo (OST) (Lion Productions) cd 16.98
Early '70s film soundtrack by a Peruvian hippie commune. Nice.
MPEG Stream: "La Flor (Tema De Cholo)"
MPEG Stream: "Sitting Dreaming"
MPEG Stream: "Palsajes De Quenas"

album cover EL REGO s/t (Daptone) cd 16.98
Big ups to Daptone for pulling together this smoking collection of tracks from 45's by one of the most underrated masters of souk/funk out of Benin in the 1960s and '70s. We first heard El Rego (Theophile Do Rego) on the awesome Analog Africa compilation, Legends Of Benin, in one of his many incarnations as El Rego Et Ses Commandos, and we totally dug that track so much, that we were stoked to realize he had a golden vault of tracks hidden away, all from this magical era.
El Rego has a similar sound, energy and spirit to folks like Fela Kuti, James Brown, and Archie Bell, while also having the ability to slow things down and allow the rich grooves to drive the meditative focused vocals into a blues like trance. It makes sense that Rego was not only a performer, producer, and engineer, but also owned nightclubs, as his sense of timing and the importance of creating a mood and making bodies move is undeniable in these stellar tracks.
The vinyl edition comes with a bonus 7" of one of his most sought after funk tracks, while the cd comes in deluxe packaging including a booklet filled with photos, artwork from the original 45's and El Rego's story of his life and music.
MPEG Stream: "Zon Dede"
MPEG Stream: "Hessa"
MPEG Stream: "Kpon Fi La"

album cover EL REGO s/t (Daptone) lp + 7" 21.00
Big ups to Daptone for pulling together this smoking collection of tracks from 45's by one of the most underrated masters of souk/funk out of Benin in the 1960s and '70s. We first heard El Rego (Theophile Do Rego) on the awesome Analog Africa compilation, Legends Of Benin, in one of his many incarnations as El Rego Et Ses Commandos, and we totally dug that track so much, that we were stoked to realize he had a golden vault of tracks hidden away, all from this magical era.
El Rego has a similar sound, energy and spirit to folks like Fela Kuti, James Brown, and Archie Bell, while also having the ability to slow things down and allow the rich grooves to drive the meditative focused vocals into a blues like trance. It makes sense that Rego was not only a performer, producer, and engineer, but also owned nightclubs, as his sense of timing and the importance of creating a mood and making bodies move is undeniable in these stellar tracks.
The vinyl edition comes with a bonus 7" of one of his most sought after funk tracks, while the cd comes in deluxe packaging including a booklet filled with photos, artwork from the original 45's and El Rego's story of his life and music.
MPEG Stream: "Zon Dede"
MPEG Stream: "Hessa"
MPEG Stream: "Kpon Fi La"

EL RELOJ Second Album (Record Runner) cd 19.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Seventies Latin American prog-rock action, courtesy of Buenos Aires' El Reloj. This album is from '76 (with two singles tracks from '75 as a bonus) and showcases their powerful and complex "symphonic hard rock" sound. Argentina's answer to Deep Purple, apparently, with Hammond organ and wailing vocals. On the whole this band is a lot more freaky and twisted than Purple, with plenty of extended instrumental passages. Pretty great! "Without music life would be mistake." --part of a quote from Nietzsche found in the El Reloj booklet.

album cover EL RITUAL s/t (Denver) cd 14.98

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