9/10 … By 1976, Herbie Hancock was a true rock star. He had established himself as a huge talent during his Blue Note career in the 1960s before joined the legendary second Miles Davis Quintet with Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. That in turn led to Filles de Kilimanjaro, In a Silent Way, and Bitches Brew, and the rock and jazz worlds melded into a delicious fusion cocktail…

9/10 … King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band is rightfully one of the most celebrated of all New Orleans jazz bands. Their recordings from 1923 were groundbreaking. Not only were they the recording debuts of Oliver, Louis Armstrong and clarinetist Johnny Dodds but they are definitive examples of ensemble-oriented classic New Orleans jazz, certainly ranking as the most exciting and advanced jazz recordings up to that point in time…

9/10 …At the end of the 60s, superstar drummer and angriest man in rock Ginger Baker was on the verge of collapse. Strung out on heroin, deeply grieving Jimi Hendrix’s death, and alienated from his former Cream and Blind Faith bandmates, he needed a new direction. He found it in Nigeria, where he decamped after driving a Range Rover from Algeria across the Sahara Desert. (A madcap adventure captured in the 1971 documentary Ginger Baker in Africa). Once in Lagos, Baker started jamming with Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti….

8/10 …The holy trio (303) of Hardfloor records released during the same period, 1993-1994, TB Resuscitation, Respect and Funalogue are even now, almost 30 years later is still amazing. Especially the two full-length albums. The mini-album Funalogue as a stand alone release as it was ment to be at first, with only the 5 tracks, Confuss, Roarrh, Rosinenbrot, Funalogue and Alternative is still a solid good album, and I would rate it as a 6/10. But when they decided to include the over 10 minute long Into The Nature (Plastikman Mix) Remix and Into The Nature (Hardfloor Remix) the release reached a whole new level. They are mind-tripping, mind-blowing and both of them should always be played in any Acid DJ set. The other tracks are as I said good, apart from Roarrh, that’s nothing short of embarissing and I chose to ignore.

7/10 … After being blown away by a few tunes – probably just as you will be after listening to this – Samy Ben Redjeb travelled to the infamous capital city of Somalia in November of 2016, making Analog Africa the first music label to set foot in Mogadishu. On his arrival in Somalia Samy questioned the need for a vehicle full of armed chaperones casually toting Kalashnikovs, deemed necessary to accompany him to the radio station archive every morning…

9/10 … The British press calls him The Göttfater (Godfather) of Techno. With the album E2–E4, Göttsching created music that influenced the development of electronic music (almost) as much as Kraftwerk.

When Manuel Göttsching released the album E2–E4 in 1984, but he received criticism at home in Germany for not understanding the path taken by electronic music. Several years later, reviewers apologized. It was they themselves who did not understand what a groundbreaking album Göttsching had created…

9/10 … Originally released on 1973 as a double album and conceived as a collection of episodes destined to TV broadcasting, “To-day’s sound” has quickly become one of the most popular works by Piero Umiliani and certainly is one of the best of his long career. Umiliani, here on the job with Moog, Hammond and keyboards, is accompanied by a group of excellent and talented jazz players: Franco D’Andrea and Giovanni Tommaso (both in the Perigeo group), the trumpeter Oscar Valdambrini, guitarist Silvano Chimenti from I Grès group, percussionist Ciro Cicco and many others…