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x-post re European experts on Nigerian psych

Have you asked any of the African immigrants near Paris? Most of them are Congolese refugees but surely there must be some from Nigeria?

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 16:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah and what she does is probably not far from what I'd just come up with naturally, but it is just so.... impressive watching people who really know how to dance together to this sort of music. Really what I'm saying is that I want to learn how to use my hips.

― TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Trying to find the time to practice, practice practice to be able to dance well has always been my issue. Maybe some people can pick it up quickly but not me.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 16:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

The latin stuff is easy enough to dance to, I'm kind of wondering about the African psych stuff. Does one dare dance to that in public? I mean, I would, but I've got like 2 shameful bones in my body and they both like to dance.

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 16:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Cumbia is fairly easy to pick up. I still am not sure I know it 100% properly but last time I was being all apologetic with a partner about not knowing it, she was like: you do know how to dance to this.

Cal Jeddah (_Rudipherous_), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 16:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

'blacky joe', by 'p.r.o.'

I stopped myself from gushing over this track here, cause I'm pretty sure I already have on a couple other threads. awesome to see someone else doing it for me!

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 20:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

This Colombia 45 ep (or whatever it is) is SO GOOD. Sounds really unlike what I imagine most people think of when they think "Latin music" or w/e. Not unusual if you're familiar with the range of Colombian music, but very different if you are imagining 60s/70s Fania or 50s Cuban music. I like the percussion a lot, tons of oompa.

some lady (La Lechera), Thursday, 22 September 2011 17:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

In particular the tracks from Banda 20 de Julio de Repelón are just O_O and totally hypnotic.

some lady (La Lechera), Thursday, 22 September 2011 17:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

<3 this label. Haven't seen anyone mention the excellent Tumbele comp of stuff from Guadeloupe and Martinique yet. It hits a sweet spot somewhere in the venn diagram of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Africa, and a bit of France.

rob, Thursday, 22 September 2011 19:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Interview with Joni Hastrup http://www.theworld.org/2011/09/joni-haastrup-father-of-afro-funk/

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 14:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

interesting discussion of postcolonial nigerian national psychology too

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 14:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like the percussion a lot, tons of oompa.

Yeah, there's something almost Balkan going on there. It's insane!

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 14:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm thinking specifically of Banda 20 de Julio de Repelón. There's something ancient and Slavic and mournful about those horns

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 27 September 2011 14:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Have I mentioned how great the Palenque Palenque comp is?! If you like the African-influenced songs (the Wganda Kenya songs, por ejemplo) on the first Colombia comp the best, you will love this.
http://www.soundwayrecords.com/catalogue/palenque-palenque.html

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Tuesday, 4 October 2011 15:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

I should get that as I have loved all of the Palenque stuff I have heard in the past.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 October 2011 15:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's really nice but I prefer the thrash and bite of Michi et al.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 4 October 2011 16:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

holy crap this Kings of Benin disc is amazing!

tylerw, Thursday, 6 October 2011 17:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

um, totes gonna preorder
http://www.soundwayrecords.com/catalogue/the-original-sound-of-cumbia.html

The Original Sound of Cumbia
The History of Colombian Cumbia & Porro As Told By The Phonograph 1948 - 79

Soundway set sail for Colombia once again, delving deeper into the South American country’s rich musical past. Boasting 55 tracks spread over two CDs and two triple LPs, ‘The Original Sound of Cumbia’ is Soundway’s definitive guide to the origins of Colombian cumbia and porro and the result of five years pain staking re-search by Will ‘Quantic’ Holland.

Disc 1 tells the story of some the earliest Colombian cumbia recorded, a genre that captured a nation, spreading from its birthplace on the Caribbean coast in land to central Colombia and the capital Bogata. Disc 2 sees the evolution of cumbia. Greats of Colombian music like Alberto Pacheco, Toño Fernandez & Anibal Velasquez brought the genre forward, bringing new influences and instruments to the genre. What had once been considered the music of the underclasses had risen up as the new sound of a nation.

After five years of becoming slowly submerged in Colombian musical culture, learning the accordion, setting up a band and a studio, and scouring the country in search it’s recorded legacy, Will ‘Quantic’ Holland (Quantic Soul Orchestra & Quantic y su Combo Barbaro) has compiled the fruits of his labour into this unique compilation that tells the story of cumbia in the years of the phonograph record’s supremacy. Along with good friend and head of Soundway Records, Miles Cletet, Will Holland has condensed hundreds of 78s, 45s and LPs into just over two and a half hours of the finest Colombian cumbia.

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Thursday, 20 October 2011 14:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

That sounds awesome. Even if some of the choices overlap with other compilations I have, decent liner notes covering the history of the genre would be a big improvement.

A bit OT, but, La Lechera, have you ever heard Quayacan Orquesta's album from a few years back, Xtremo? It's mostly (but not entirely) salsa, but very Colombian. I am listening to it now, and I always forget how much I like it. It's a bit cheesy and goofy, but then the songs always end up arriving in this sublime groove space.

Cal Jeddah (_Rudipherous_), Thursday, 20 October 2011 15:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

I haven't, but I will totally check it out. Some of the more recent stuff takes a while to grow on me for that reason, but usually I end up liking it after giving it a chance because it's still essentially groovy.

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Thursday, 20 October 2011 15:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jesus Christ I am defenseless against news like this

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 20 October 2011 15:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am STILL listening to my Soundway cumbia comps, probably three, four times a week, still finding new favorites

Today it's this, just outrageously bad-ass -

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 20 October 2011 15:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tracer the song I CANNOT stop listening to from the Colombia 45 release is El Sabrocito. I love the sound of the vocals so much, and the "mira, ven aca" part was stuck in my head for days until I could figure out which song I wanted to hear. The vocals don't kick in until almost a minute has passed and only last two lines.

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Thursday, 20 October 2011 15:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

and the capital Bogata.
do not appreciate the spelling error of Bogotá though :(
i understand losing the Santa Fé de or even the accented a but misspelling is misspelling

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Thursday, 20 October 2011 16:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

not so much into the columbian stuff, but the african compilations on Soundway are golden...

The Ghana Special 5LP boxset is particularly awesome

Night Nurse with Wound (Jack Battery-Pack), Thursday, 20 October 2011 16:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol La Lechera, "El Sabrocito" is the last song on my own little "comp of the comps" I made for myself. I don't know how to describe that guy's voice on that song. It's a late night/early morning voice. Crunk, I guess? He's crunk.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 20 October 2011 17:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

he is totally crunk -- the whole song is a woozy head scrambler

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Thursday, 20 October 2011 17:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ok, so I went to preorder this, but I'm a little confused.

CD is £12.99 -- fine, i get that
then there are two LPs to order, parts 1 and 2 and each one is £17.99

Does that mean that in order to get the whole thing, I have to pay £17.99 x 2?!
Are they two different versions of the same release?

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Friday, 21 October 2011 18:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

thanks to this thread I picked up Nigeria Disco Funk Special, enjoying it very much but I wanna hear that cumbia collection even more!

sleeve, Friday, 21 October 2011 18:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Somos todos cumbia cabezas ahora.

(Apologies if that Spanish is a bit fucked.)

Cal Jeddah (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 21 October 2011 18:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

looks like there are two separate 3-LP sets that (together) provide the entire collection one could also purchase for £12.99 on CD (blech) and still get the free downloads.

i want the vinyl, i do WANT IT, but do i want to pay ~$50 for it?!?!
dios mio

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Friday, 21 October 2011 18:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

thanks to this thread I picked up Nigeria Disco Funk Special, enjoying it very much but I wanna hear that cumbia collection even more!

i like everything soundway releases, but i much prefer the africa reissues than the cumbia series (and it all seems like summer -- not fall/winter -- music to me).

Daniel, Esq., Saturday, 22 October 2011 00:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

La Lechera: I was lucky enough to do a bit of warm up DJing at the Soundway Party and it reminded me of going to Bar Rhumba on a Monday night in the early 90s, just with no drum and bass.

The Sound of Siam DJs were ace and even though it was sparsely attended people lost their shit to it. Had a weirdly Northern Soul vibe to it.

Basically mainly people who were there to dance.

Conan The Asshander (Doran), Saturday, 22 October 2011 05:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

looks like there are two separate 3-LP sets that (together) provide the entire collection one could also purchase for £12.99 on CD (blech) and still get the free downloads.

i want the vinyl, i do WANT IT, but do i want to pay ~$50 for it?!?!
dios mio

Soundway did the same thing with "The World Ends" afro-psych compilations..

I really wanted then on vinyl, but they spread the 2CDs over 6 LP's - meaning about 10-12 mins music a side... They could easily fit the whole thing on 4 LP's and still be under 20minutes a side..

I passed on that one for the same reasons as you....

Night Nurse with Wound (Jack Battery-Pack), Saturday, 22 October 2011 06:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Doran -- that sounds like maximum funtimes. It's just the right kind of stuff to lose your shit to :)

As for the LPs -- is there some DJ reason they would spread the songs over so many sides?

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Saturday, 22 October 2011 20:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

the 10 - 12 minutes a side makes it a little annoying for home listening but it's more than compensated for by the increased fidelity and volume. psyched for these two cumbia comps as i don't know any of the tracks on them.

stirmonster, Saturday, 22 October 2011 20:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

the other one i keep coming back to these days is "El Alegron" - it keeps playing out in my mind as the opening credits to some fusion of Louis and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 24 October 2011 10:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sampler from aforementioned cumbia comp http://soundcloud.com/soundway-records/the-original-sound-of-cumbia

(I am just reposting this stuff from their fb updates btw)

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

bad news: it sounds gooooooooooooooood

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ha ha

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

whoa accordion attack!

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 8 January 2012 22:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

i decided to plunk down for the vinyl and i can't say that i regret it in the slightest

my prediction: vallenato is next

La Lechera, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

this is what they've got up next - anyone know the dealie with this?

Soundway are proud to release the debut album of Portuguese/Angolan DJ Mpula aka Pedro Coquenão. A distinctly modern and vibrant project with it’s feet firmly rooted in the past, Batida combine samples from old 1970s Angolan tracks with modern electronic dance music. Simply put, Batida is the sound of the wildest Angolan street party

Being the first of a string of brand new projects, this eponymous first album sees Soundway taking a slightly different direction in 2012 and beyond. Championed mostly for their work in un-earthing and re-releasing classic, rare and vintage tropical recordings, Soundway have started signing new acts that have drawn on and been inspired by the kind of music found on the label's groundbreaking compilations and re-issues.

tumblr white's secret kool-aid drinker (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 12 January 2012 09:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

free download from Batida -- http://soundcloud.com/soundway-records/batida-tirei-o-chap-u

Batida, the brainchild of Angolan / Portuguese DJ Mpula aka Pedro Coquenão. A distinctly modern and vibrant project with its feet firmly rooted in the past, Batida combine samples from old 1970s Angolan tracks with modern electronic dance music. Music is the starting point but through dance, graphics, photography, radio and video, Batida expands, taking in politics and social commentary but always bringing it back to the party.

haven't listened to it yet, but my guess is that it is HUGE
hope so at least

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just ordered the Edzayawa LP as it looks awesome..

...and the second Rob LP in a few weeks... (and with it being on Soundway, we get the re-issue in the original sleeve, unlike the Analog Africa remade sleeves)...

Talcum Mucker, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 17:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

x-post
a more cultural Buraka Som Sistema? Haven't heard it yet

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 17:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just listening to the Edzayawa album. End of Side 1. So far, so great. Nice gatefold.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 17:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

really looking forward to that... Lijadu Sisters double LP on Soul Jazz landed today which will keep me going....

Talcum Mucker, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 19:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

I just have my old Lijadu Sisters release. That sounds intriguing

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's a double vinyl compilation of the afro-beat stuff of their Afrodisia 4 LP's - missing out the more reggae/disco tracks..

Talcum Mucker, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 19:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

London crew, Im doing video stuff at their 10th birthday warehouse party in Hackney tomorrow night. Shaping up to be a good do

http://www.soundwayrecords.com/events/dancing-time-with-soundway-10-year-anniversary-party-2.html

straightola, Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh weird
i don't think it was here? i dunno, i downloaded it from emusic i think. anyway i completely forgot about them, so thanks for reminding me.

passion it person (La Lechera), Friday, 14 December 2012 01:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

fun fun fun fun

scintilla (seandalai), Monday, 29 April 2013 19:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

not on soundway, but it feels more relavent to share them here than any other thread:

CHICANO BATMAN
CHICANO BATMAN
CHICANO BATMAN

CHICANO BATMAN
CHICANO BATMAN
CHICANO BATMAN

ְ֮֠֓֟֬֩ (gr8080), Monday, 29 April 2013 20:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

new meridian brothers -- sounds pretty good so far, and i like the cover art. i'm not really in love with the hyperactive side of psychedelia but maybe it would grow on me.

Deseperanza’ focussed heavily on salsa rhythms but on his new release Álvarez based each track in a different Latin American style. For example ‘Somos los Residentes’ finds it inspiration in Dominican Republic merengue while ‘Baile ultimo….’ is a slow and sad reggaeton. The lyrics talk of a man who has been sent to the electric chair because he was dancing too much reggaeton, a style that isn’t accepted as “good taste” within Colombia.

https://soundcloud.com/soundway-records/meridian-brothers-el-gran-pajaro-de-los-andes-instrumental

La Lechera, Friday, 20 June 2014 16:18 (2 months ago) Permalink

THIS, from Cartagena!

Jazzbo, Friday, 20 June 2014 18:11 (2 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

dang this song is so groovy
it's exactly what i needed to hear right now

https://soundcloud.com/soundway-records/vou-me-libertar

cross over the mushroom circle (La Lechera), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 22:15 (Yesterday) Permalink

hey that track's a lot of fun

slip jig (seandalai), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 22:38 (Yesterday) Permalink

the beginning sounds kinda like Can!! i love it.

cross over the mushroom circle (La Lechera), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 22:40 (Yesterday) Permalink

damo suzuki-fronted freaked out groovy can

cross over the mushroom circle (La Lechera), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 22:40 (Yesterday) Permalink


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