Orchestre Polyrythmo – Min We Tun So
Another fantastic tune from Orchestre Polyrythmo, this one a bit more on the downtempo, melancholy side than the song I featured by them previously. (please click the link to see one of the best videos ever posted on this blog)
More on the band from Discogs:
The T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou hails from the West African nation of Benin. The “T.P.” stands for the French “Tout Puissant”, which means “All Mighty”. The band was formed in 1966 and still records to this day, although band members have changed along the way. Their output has been extremely prolific numbering upwards of 50 LPs and a hundred 45s.
As their name implies, the music relies on a blend of rhythmic persussive elements. It draws from the French heritage of Benin along with the influence of their anglophone neighbors like Nigeria and Ghana. These influences and rhythmic elements form the backdrop for varied styles they play, a mix ranging from afrobeat, highlife, jazz, soul, rhumba and latin music. Tracks are sung in either French or their native Fon tongue.
Romuald – A Strange Light In Your Eyes
More melancholy music for the cooler days and darker nights. A downtempo track full of energy. Love the distorted echo vocals, the haunting synth melody, the old-school backing vocals and the subdued funk that keeps it all together.
The last track from the first compilation album on Kitsune Music, called Kitsune Love. This track is exclusive to the compilation, and it’s REALLY good. Romuald can make some good tunes, and he’s back working on a Re-Edit of In Love With You with Alan Braxe at the moment. Enjoy this really calm track for now though.
Junip – Line Of Fire (Official Video)
Junip – Your Life Your Call (Official Video)
Since it seems people are still reading this blog (thank you very much), I’m going to commence with the music again. It’s mostly for me to keep track of the music I’m listening to. I tend to forget song names. Hopefully you’ll hear something you like that’s new to your ears.
These two melancholy songs by Junip are a good place to start. The videos are a two-part uncomfortable narrative detailing a life haunting experience between two siblings. The rest is up to you to watch and ponder.
The songs are very much the work of the three musicians, all emerging from jamming sessions – although Araya has left the band since we meet. Between them, they aim to keep the melancholic streak at bay. “I found myself asking Tobias to change his chords so they’re not so moody,” says González, with a smile. “Ever since I released my first album, I’ve tried not to use minor chords as the main element in songs. The way I sing is too melancholic. So whenever you find a minor-ish chord that’s pointing towards the sun instead of the ground, that to me is the perfect aim. If it’s too major-ish, it won’t get to you.” Winterkorn adds: “It’s nice to make people feel something.”
Genetic Engineering – X-Ray Spex
The first one is appropriately titled and way ahead of it’s time. RIP Poly Styrene.
Utopia – Goldfrapp
“Make his eyes last forever…”
Kingdom – Bank Head (feat. Kelela)
My summer song
Fade to Mind boss and New York native Kingdom has a new EP on the way called Vertical XL (due May 28) and the first single very much lives up to the “XL” tag. It’s an update to the track he contributed to the recent Night Slugs Allstars Volume 2 compilation and features LA vocalist Kelela (who you might recognize from her back-flipping range lent to Teengirl Fantasy’s “EFX” last year) out-singing the original version’s chipmunk chops.
Against Kingdom’s clipped club beats– plaintive tones sliced by skittering drum rolls– Kelela is given free reign. Emotionally, she dances from wistful to teasing to sheer release on climatic central lyric, “And I need to let it out.” Alliteration aside, Kingdom and Kelela make a perfect match on “Bank Head”, providing further proof of the dancefloor’s knack for throwing up new pop shapes.
Dabrye feat. MF Doom – Air Remix
A hard song to find.
Daughter – Amsterdam
If Cat Power and the xx had a pet cat that liked to sleep on your chest while you slept, it would sound like this.
Dinosaur – Kiss Me Again
Arthur Russell pushing the limits of disco genre: cello for the funky rhythm bassline, David Byrne on guitar and not a synthesizer in the room.
Early precursor to house. This is from 1978, amazing.
Brigitte Fontaine – J’ai 26 Ans
I’ve been doing a small, informal study of Paris for a possible upcoming trip this summer. One of the books I’m reading Paris: The Secret History, mentioned the singer Brigette Fontaine as being the sound of avant-garde Paris in the 60s, so naturally I looked her up on YouTube. This amazing song, among others, is what I found.
One of my favorite jazz groups, The Art Ensemble of Chicago collaborated with Fontaine on this song.
Jenny Wilson – Let My Shoes Lead Me Forward
I’ve been hearing the Nu Shooz song “I Can’t Wait” all over the place. Strange because it was only really popular among aficionados of freestyle. But lately, it seems to be having a small resurgence on the retro-pop stations. (Nu Shooz is from Portland, I think that’s strange for some reason.) I’ve always preferred their tune “Point of No Return” especially because the video is so fantastic. So of course when I saw the video for Jenny Wilson’s “Let My Shoes Lead Me Forward,” I immediately thought of “Point of No Return” and a blog post was born.
I’ve never promised quality.
Nu Shooz – Point of No Return