Friday, February 14, 2014
This song feels very NSFW. Sort of like the Whisper Song. Part III of Loose Joints' three recordings, 1983. That cello at the start is the inimitable Arthur Russell doing something like a cello's nod to slap bass. Slap cello.
What a sexy little voice that is ~ like an Aaliyah sample. Part II of Loose Joints' three recordings, 1983. Wanna fall in love in a city to that piano solo. GET DOWN
Tangential Psychedelico says Happy Valentine's Day to you. Earth angel sounds from Super Djata Band de Bamako, via the impeccably curated Ghost Capital via worldservice. Worldservice has dedicated six posts to this band, which is from Mali but increasingly difficult to find recordings of in its home country, and nearly impossible in the rest of the world. This volume was released in the early 80s by Musique Mondiale. The guitar sounds like dripping tea and sun.
Don't miss Worldservice's meticulous collection of this band's work and his moving commentary, here.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Happy Tuesday from Loose Joints and their mission to create the disco White Album. Comprised of Arthur Russell, NYC DJ Steve D’Aquisto, Columbia undergrad Steven Hall, three singers picked up at David Mancuso’s by-invite-only parties at The Loft, and the Ingram Brothers' rhythm section (who later backed Patti LaBelle), Loose Joints only released 3 songs out of hours of recordings. I’ll post all three, starting with “Is It All Over My Face” (1980) because that’s something to be thinking about first thing in the morning.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
First things first: he's singing in English, so lissenup. He took part of his name from the instrument he's playing, a kondi; it's crafted from found objects - hardwood resonators made from native African trees, industrial scraps. Sorie Kondi was trapped in Freetown during the 1990s civil war in Sierra Leone and has been blind since birth. He commissions the wood bodies of his instruments from a carpenter, and puts the rest together himself. He is self-trained and has a highly functional understanding of the materials he uses in his instruments.
The first time I heard Sorie Kondi was in 2009, in a Ghetto Palms mix from the Fader. Kondi gained notoriety after he was featured in a documentary and in the Chief Boima remix that the Fader used. Chief Boima is a NYC DJ but a Sierra Leone native; the collaboration between the two has also included Boima's work on Kondi's latest album Thogolobea, produced by Fadie Conteh. The original Chief Boima remix at The Fader; great footage of Sorie Kondi speaking and playing at The Stranger.