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So far I wouldn't destroy a single one, but I haven't heard them all. Packaging is lovely, downloads come free with most vinyl purchases, liner notes are informative and fun to read. Their dance party seems like fun, podcasts are great. Don't know much about how much of the proceeds make it back to the artists, and I know that is a real thing for reissue labels and the concerned nerds who patronize them.

Lots of talk on ILM of various comps here and there, but I thought maybe having a dedicated thread would be good since I just KEEP BUYING THEIR RECORDS.

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:21 (six years ago) Permalink

Favorites: (most of my favorites are the Colombian/Latin American ones, but I love them A LOT)

Colombia!
Cartagena
Michi Sarmiento y sus Bravos
Panama! (I only have 1, not 2 and 3)
Ghana Soundz
TP Orchestre Poly Rythmo (Kings of Benin)

I like the Nigeria ones too, but they don't speak to me as strongly as the Colombian ones do.

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:25 (six years ago) Permalink

i don't know the latin american ones, but ghana soundz was revelatory

mookieproof, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Interview with Curro Fuentes, awesome old Colombian dude

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj27fwWSiSE

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:32 (six years ago) Permalink

I love how these particular forms (cumbia, porro, etc) teeter on the border of being folk music, dance music, pop music, big band, all of these things all at the same time in one super strong stew. Mondongo!

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:36 (six years ago) Permalink

ghana soundz also has the best cover

http://www.thegoldbrick.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/ghana-soundz-vol-1.jpg

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:38 (six years ago) Permalink

I do not have Sound of Siam, but listened to some of it on the podcast and it sounds really groovy.

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:38 (six years ago) Permalink

this is a petty complaint (sorry), they have overused the word 'special'

mookieproof, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:43 (six years ago) Permalink

Kings of Benin is super awesome too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e81UJX2bjUs&feature=related

Complaint registered.

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:45 (six years ago) Permalink

haw

mookieproof, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:46 (six years ago) Permalink

Michi Sarmiento talks about his history playing music, talkin 78s, lamenting the techno/reggaeton music of the jovenes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzuPEzpuNP8&feature=related

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:51 (six years ago) Permalink

I would also like to know if any London ILXors went to their dance party this past weekend.
Was it fun?
Please describe it -- were people dancing with verve or sheepishly?

I wish such an event existed here, but I don't think it does. There are soul nights, but that's not what I'm looking for.

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:57 (six years ago) Permalink

I love how these particular forms (cumbia, porro, etc) teeter on the border of being folk music, dance music, pop music, big band, all of these things all at the same time in one super strong stew.

In the case of cumbia at least that's mostly because it's been around for so long.

Cal Jeddah (_Rudipherous_), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 04:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I know -- it's basically a folk rhythm with elements of pop -- and since they know people dance, there are dance music flourishes too.

Glad to see you pop up Rudi (i have taken the liberty to call you this) -- you know more about the newer stuff than I do.

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 04:07 (six years ago) Permalink

So are any of these comps NOT great?!

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 04:07 (six years ago) Permalink

didn't realize til just now that Victor Awaifo "Guitar Boy Superstar" is a Soundway release, so put another in the "great" column

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 04:19 (six years ago) Permalink

p sure I posted Michi Sarmiento's photo to the 'people who have figured out how to live' thread, or something similar

his compilation is friggin great too

the Remi Kabaka 'Black Goddess' OST is less populist for entry level rubes like me, in that it's this weird scrawly afro-jazz thing that I don't have a huge amt of reference points for, but I totally like it

the wrong terry to fuckwit (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 08:59 (six years ago) Permalink

Oooh I don't have that one, but weird scrawly afro jazz thing sounds DELIGHTFUL and totally like something I would like. I am also still an idiot who has an emusic account, and a lot of these are on emusic.

Cartagena, Colombia, Sounds of Siam and 1970s Afro Rock and Psychedelia in Nigeria are on spotify too (even in the US!)

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 11:54 (six years ago) Permalink

I cannot tell you how much that Colombia comp cannot be beat. IT IS AWESOME. If you have never really figured out what you like about Latin music because you never really got all that into Fania, this could be what you were actually looking for. (Note: I love Fania salsa, but cumbia/porro/salsa colombiana it is not)

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 11:54 (six years ago) Permalink

not a single dud.

stirmonster, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:13 (six years ago) Permalink

That's my impression so far. Also, I believe as was discussed on another thread, Soundways I think is considered very ethical in its handling of royalties.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 14:28 (six years ago) Permalink

i am admittedly a world music dilettante, so these comps are perfect for me -- everyone's gotta start somewhere. love the colombia comp, the ghana soundz stuff, sir victor, nigeria 70...need to get more!

tylerw, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:02 (six years ago) Permalink

Not everyone can travel around the world and collect records; I figure that since I can't be one of those people I can at least enjoy what they find.

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:05 (six years ago) Permalink

otm
also think that the soundways comps i've heard are wonderfully sequenced, regardless of what the focus is. the compilers are marvelous mixtape makers.

tylerw, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:13 (six years ago) Permalink

that kings of benin comp is fucking great

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:17 (six years ago) Permalink

it totally is! you can play that album at almost any upbeat social gathering, and people are going to dig it.

they really are awesome sequencers -- i guess i am officially at the point where i trust soundway records to show me a good time.

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:19 (six years ago) Permalink

Cartagena
Michi Sarmiento y sus Bravos

I have these two and play them constantly. I always hear something new in them. They are just amazing.

I also have this one:

http://www.soundwayrecords.com/catalogue/colombia-45.html

Which is darker, crazier, weirder. And this one:

http://www.soundwayrecords.com/catalogue/panama-3-limited-edition-7.html

which is stark handclapping funk/soul on both sides. I am trying hard not to spend all of my money on everything else.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:21 (six years ago) Permalink

another one i like is the Ghana High Life Special

this seems like one of those labels you could p much just buy anything they put out and it would be great

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:27 (six years ago) Permalink

oh dang i have always wanted colombia 45 but the only store that carries soundway (as far as i have seen) doesn't usually get the little stuff, only the big releases. shipping to the US has been...spotty, so i have just used emusic. but they don't HAVE THAT. so congratulations, you have made me pay soundway for a download :)

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:30 (six years ago) Permalink

So I want to know if anyone in London has ever gone to their events? They just had a huge dance party/screening/DJ thing. Sounds like A++++ good time.

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:30 (six years ago) Permalink

No, I totally should!! Except... it will kill me not to be able to dance properly to this music. I swear to god this label has got me seriously thinking about taking classes.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:35 (six years ago) Permalink

I gave the Michi Sarmiento CD to my father-in-law who loves salsa and he said most of it isn't suitable for salsa dancing because it has the wrong beat

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:36 (six years ago) Permalink

That's because it's not all salsa -- there are other rhythms, and other dances for those rhythms

This woman is explaining it sooooo slowly but I guess that's what some people need?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlYl30Dqfc0

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:49 (six years ago) Permalink

*sheepishly raises hand*

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:55 (six years ago) Permalink

I understand the compulsion to dance "properly" but wonder if people just go to town at these events and dance however they want? I mean dancing is just moving -- who cares if you're dancing correctly as long as you are enjoying yourself and not hurting anyone?

That said, it is fun to dance both properly and improperly. Just practice at home!

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:57 (six years ago) Permalink

for some reason this tune absolutely kills me --

http://open.spotify.com/track/6dgB8hJLSydO5E1i4wyHjz

'blacky joe', by 'p.r.o.' ('people rock outfit', apparently) from 'the world ends: afro-rock and psychedelia in 1970s nigeria' -- which compilation itself is just kind of amazing

thomp, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:58 (six years ago) Permalink

one wonders sometimes what it feels like to be one of, like, the four people in europe who actually know enough about 1970s nigerian psychedelia to hold an in-depth conversation about it

thomp, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:59 (six years ago) Permalink

TH - Does the video help? If so, she has others. Not sure if she is *foremost expert* or whatever, but it was the first one I found.

some lady (La Lechera), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 16:00 (six years ago) Permalink

i see them as having dogs, and internet dating profiles, and resembling -- though not, admittedly, to a great extent -- patrick magee in the first production of krapp's last tape

er, xpost

thomp, Tuesday, 13 September 2011 16:01 (six 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, 13 September 2011 16:02 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six years ago) Permalink

ondatropica is getting a lot of press, no? comes out tomorrow. i didn't preorder but only because i am tired of their super slow intl shipping.

nicest bitch of poster (La Lechera), Sunday, 15 July 2012 14:18 (five years ago) Permalink

i went to the store and got this over the weekend, listening to 3xLP set for the first time and all i have to say is that it sounds awesome, but it sounds like 100 more awesome if you are even a little familiar with the type of tropical Colombian music Soundway has been reviving since their first Colombia! comp a few years ago (or knew about la musica tropical de Colombia before.)

I know they're going to get lumped into the Buena Vista Latin Music club, but they're way more than that.

nicest bitch of poster (La Lechera), Monday, 23 July 2012 14:05 (five years ago) Permalink

there's even a goofy romantic boogaloo number if that's your bag

i think it was streaming somewhere and the NYC show is on the 27th
sample here at the very least http://snd.sc/JFLQcb

nicest bitch of poster (La Lechera), Monday, 23 July 2012 14:51 (five years ago) Permalink

whoa i did not realize MICHI SARMIENTO IS STILL ALIVE??

i gotta get this ondatropica record

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 2 August 2012 20:54 (five years ago) Permalink

not only alive, but making music!

it's a shame you missed the london show(s) -- i think there was more than one?

only two shows in usa -- ny and la :(

nicest bitch of poster (La Lechera), Thursday, 2 August 2012 20:58 (five years ago) Permalink

i was in new york for the london show, and will be in london for the new york show *flings back of hand limply to forehead*

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 2 August 2012 21:12 (five years ago) Permalink

oh nm that rough trade show was for soundway as a whole.. STILL THOUGH

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 2 August 2012 21:13 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
one month passes...

It's December and I still think Ondatrópica is really good -- they got slapped with a corny marketing scheme imo, but the music itself is v enjoyable. Any other Soundway recordings I shouldn't miss this year?

passion it person (La Lechera), Thursday, 13 December 2012 19:58 (five years ago) Permalink

To each her/his own, but I think if a group is doing an Afro-Colombian cover of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" like Ondatropica do, they may get a corny marketing campaign because such a cover is kind of corny.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 December 2012 20:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah I guess so. The rest of the album is good though! Maybe I have a high tolerance for corny cumbia.

passion it person (La Lechera), Thursday, 13 December 2012 21:43 (five years ago) Permalink

I really like the Meridian Brothers - Desesperanza LP. Pretty unique take on that stuff.

She Got the Shakes, Friday, 14 December 2012 00:54 (five years ago) Permalink

This one is my favorite - cumbia with little sci-fi synths sprinkled throughout:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3_R-RSPmYY

She Got the Shakes, Friday, 14 December 2012 00:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Hmm - I don't know why it didn't embed

She Got the Shakes, Friday, 14 December 2012 00:56 (five years ago) Permalink

"https"->"http" I think

a Christmas .gif for you from (seandalai), Friday, 14 December 2012 00:58 (five years ago) Permalink

damn, great song.

bump it while looking @ this thread:

post animated gifs of dancing skeletons

❏❐❑❒ (gr8080), Friday, 14 December 2012 00:59 (five years ago) Permalink

ooh that is good! thanks. i'm a little confused about what is considered cumbia these days -- that's way faster than what i think of when i think of cumbia.

passion it person (La Lechera), Friday, 14 December 2012 01:13 (five years ago) Permalink

I played this track a bunch, not sure where it fits in genrewise: https://soundcloud.com/bombaestereo/lo-que-tengo-que-decir

a Christmas .gif for you from (seandalai), Friday, 14 December 2012 01:33 (five years ago) Permalink

i like them but i don't think they're on soundway records? did NOT know they had a new record out -- i'll have to give it a listen.

passion it person (La Lechera), Friday, 14 December 2012 01:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Their last album was on Soundway in Europe at least.

a Christmas .gif for you from (seandalai), Friday, 14 December 2012 01:38 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

fun fun fun fun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYAW8oJgti8

scintilla (seandalai), Monday, 29 April 2013 19:01 (five years ago) Permalink

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

CHICANO BATMAN
CHICANO BATMAN
CHICANO BATMAN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynlnp_I4vwY

CHICANO BATMAN
CHICANO BATMAN
CHICANO BATMAN

ְ֮֠֓֟֬֩ (gr8080), Monday, 29 April 2013 20:42 (five years ago) Permalink

one 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 (three years ago) Permalink

THIS, from Cartagena!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jGyfqc7vK8

Jazzbo, Friday, 20 June 2014 18:11 (three years ago) Permalink

two 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 (three years ago) Permalink

hey that track's a lot of fun

slip jig (seandalai), Wednesday, 20 August 2014 22:38 (three years ago) Permalink

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

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

damo suzuki-fronted freaked out groovy can

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

three years pass...

Latest Meridian Brothers record may be his best yet.

https://open.spotify.com/album/3RKNDECAtWiG1Ltq28t9kc

Title track for the Spotify-allergic: https://soundcloud.com/soundway-records/donde-estas-maria

Jeff W, Friday, 8 September 2017 22:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

i feel apprehensive about this in spite of the description sort of appealing to me

Announcing our newest signing, The Mauskovic Dance Band! The Dutch group combines cumbia, Afro-Caribbean rhythms & space disco. Stay tuned

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:46 (four months ago) Permalink

Dutch Cumbia makes me think of the time Malkmus was going to call an album Swedish Reggae. (But who knows, this could be great.)

tylerw, Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:12 (four months ago) Permalink

i guess i don't really turn to Soundway for this sort of thing. whatever it takes to stay alive i guess.
maybe it will be good?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:17 (four months ago) Permalink

all the vinyl releases from this label are hella expensive these days, wish they would do represses every once in a while

I guess I need Kings Of Benin... I have the (awesome) cumbia 2CD, Nigerian Funk, Nigerian Disco, and The World Ends Part 1, any other shortlist recommendations?

sleeve, Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:23 (four months ago) Permalink

ghana soundz, imo

mookieproof, Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:26 (four months ago) Permalink

I think the MIchi Sarmiento collection is essential
https://soundwayrecords.bandcamp.com/album/aqui-los-bravos-the-best-of-michi-sarmiento-y-su-combo-bravo-1966-67

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:27 (four months ago) Permalink

lol one of the biggest current dancehall producers is Swedish: https://soundcloud.com/addeinstrumentals

I might have said this upthread, but Nigeria Special is probably my favorite soundway release, though mookieproof is also right

rob, Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:32 (four months ago) Permalink

xp, yep, that's the one.

thanks y'all, I've seen those recommendations earlier in the thread and they seem like good next steps

sleeve, Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:37 (four months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

I introduced my students to Soundway tonight and I feel like I have done a great service to humanity

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 04:04 (one month ago) Permalink

you have, congrats

map, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 04:06 (one month ago) Permalink

they were really interested in 1) the fact that this music wasn't widely available before it was reissued 2) it was all available for preview on bandcamp
three cheers for soundway and bandcamp!! everyone wins :)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 04:14 (one month ago) Permalink

i'm listening to Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth-Boogie in 1980s South Africa right now, wowow it's good

map, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 04:21 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah that set is dynamite

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 07:08 (one month ago) Permalink

At this point I've listened to a buncha Soundway Afro-Beat comps but barely any Fela Kuti.

I wonder if reissue digger labels like Soundway, Soul Jazz, etc. lead to that sort of experience for a lot of people - knowing about José Mauro before you've heard Caetano Veloso, say, or funky Gospel obscurities before you've heard Mahalia Jackson.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 08:33 (one month ago) Permalink

the Amanda Petruisch book about hardcore 78 collectors talks about this a bit in regard to how ppl ended up listening to Skip James rather than anyone who was actually popular at the time

thirst trap your hare (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 10:12 (one month ago) Permalink

i introduced my students to fela last night too! it was their lucky day

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 12:37 (one month ago) Permalink

you are the best

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 17:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Tunji Oleyana comp is dope fyi

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 19 April 2018 18:11 (one month ago) Permalink


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