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Alternative Rock. Hip Hop. Heavy Metal. See Our Curators' Picks. Blue Train 1LP. A Love Supreme 1LP. Blue World 1LP. Tag your pics with mysoundofvinyl - we'll share our favorites! Email address. Sign up. Added to bag:. Bag subtotal. Following the Early Years reissues a few years back, these are a second tranche of releases exploring the Sound Of The City - The Escape Club - White Fields (Vinyl catalogue of African Head Charge, the band whose nexus was - and is - British-Jamaican percussionist supremo Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah and post-punk dub-meister Adrian Sherwood, with a revolving cast of On-U sorts popping in and out.
Songs of Praise may be the best-loved oAfrican Head Charge album, but perhaps this is because it hit a historical sweet spot when ravers needed something exactly like it to come down to after an ecstatic night out. Full of chants and explicit spirituality, it has an earthy quality, the whole built around endless pattering bongos as much as dub reggae.
You can get lost in it and many of us frequently did. The follow-up, In Pursuit of Shashamane Land takes that blueprint and produces it up. After that, while Noah continued to release Head Charge albums here and there, and moved to Ghana where he is to this daythe On-U Sound connection broke down although he and Sherwood remained close.
This is the debut album from American musician-composer Jon Hassell and it combines a bunch of things that theartsdesk on Vinyl loves. Having studied with master Indian singer Pran Nath and also with German titan Stockhausen, Album), he was interested in finding a place where, to put it very crudely, their traditions might meet, with the rising possibilities of electronic instrumentation also thrown into the mix.
Alongside reflections from Brian Eno, Hassell says on the inner sleeve notes that he was on mushrooms for at least some of it. That figures, for there is a contemplative, psychedelic aspect to it all too. A groundbreaking record. The music here does not sound like Cabaret Voltaire, and nor is it pushy and in-your-face; instead, it shuffles and creeps along, taking its time over unhurried basslines, a collation of metallic skank, clank and rustle, only revealing itself slowly.
Those with long memories will recall that after Amy Winehouse blew up, Adele and Duffy appeared, fully prepped by their labels for the marketplace, the former going on to even greater success than Amy ever managed no disrespect for Adele here, just laying it out. Finnish singer Alma is an idiosyncratic sort, presented on the inner sleeve green-haired, boiler-suited and sneering at the camera. You getting the picture - post-modern pop star.
Her debut album opens with the gnarly trap-addled title track but soon settles to easily digestible chart-pop, however, these are high calibre songs, catchy and spirited, if sometimes samey. Brit-based Italian actor, model and musician Nathalie Bruno offers up a set of distinctively different and abstract songs on her debut album. One Night Alone… was one of his harder to access albums, originally only available to his fan club in Those looking for the Album) will not find much of it here.
This is Prince in contemplative mode, accompanying himself on piano with little other adornment. In fact, One Night Alone… The Aftershow is more revealing, showing off Prince in relaxed mode at a selection of late night post-concert jams, also fromchatting with his audience and enjoying guests such as George Clinton.
And what a band — Larry Graham! Candy Dulfer! Maceo Parker! Over four sides in gatefold, this is the sound of Prince having a blast, jumping about his career as he fancies, and is a lively pleasure. Two albums that playfully explore what we once called world music. Mostly instrumental, twangy guitar is at the core of it. It's genial and likeable. This is one of hell of a party album. It even arrives on gold vinyl. Comes on transparent blue vinyl. What more is there to say about these?
The ever-reliable Tru Thoughts imprint shows off its funky side with these two. Prince is casting a long shadow over this review: it was in his band that Texan multi-instrumentalist Sylvester Onyejiaka - AKA Sly5thAve - cut his chops as a saxophonist. His first, Akumawas an investigation of his own heritage, exploring his paternal Nigerian origins, while his last album - and first for Tru Thoughts - was an orchestrated take on the work of Dr Dre.
Crudely put, Tru Thoughts has two sides, the vanguard ear-skewing material and the quality mid-paced jazzual soul and funk; both these adhere to the latter. This is pleasing.
However, his fifth album has pulled me in. Backed by grinding rock-flavoured dirges, laced with minor key threat, he chats word pictures, poetics that emanate a dread at what Britain is becoming, at social media, at a life feeling trapped.
His newly arrived third album expands his palette, adding melodic textures that veer on old German trance before the cheese arrived. Over four sides of transparent vinyl in elegantly understated gatefold, he also takes us through breakbeat, deep house songs featuring ex-Nouvelle Vague vocalist Liset Alea and cinematic big room chug. Two albums that LP to take your brain for walk.
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