Back in 2002, Awesome Tapes from Africa label founder Brian Shimkovitz was studying ethnomusicology when his research sent him to Ghana. “I was collecting a lot of music, and all during this time, it was a cassette-based music economy,” he says. “As a music freak grabbing lots of stuff for research, I was dealing with […]
UK drill is probably the latest of the music genres to make the middle class housewives choke on their morning tea, waving flags, demanding it to be banned. A not such a wild guess is that the home and school association already have bombarded the politicians in London with demands of harder legislations on what […]
When American rock music spread across Europe in the late 1950s, it was integrated with the countries’ own cultural heritage. In the UK, the road to rock’n’roll went via skiffle, fast folk music on the banjo and washboard. In 1956, John Lennon formed a slate group, the Quarrymen, of which Paul McCartney and George Harrison […]
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….
In November 1971, Ginger Baker, the legendary drummer of Cream and Blind Faith, decided to set up a recording studio in Lagos, then the capital of Nigeria. Baker was one of the first rock musicians to realize the potential of African music. He also decided that it would be a rewarding musical experience to travel […]
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…
Ragtime, while an obvious precursor of jazz, is a written [ie. composed] music rather than an improvised form of music. Despite sharing the syncopated base that was an essential element in later jazz, ragtime was performed as written and had a strict form (usually with an “A” section followed by a “B” section and then a return to the “A” section – or some variation of this) and was often played by military or brass bands. During it’s peak period (before 1920) most ragtime recordings are by orchestras or bands or are vocal recordings of ragtime songs. Ragtime recordings can frequently (but not always) be identified by the use of the word rag or ragtime in the title.
Read The History About The Music Style Ragtime Here! Scott Joplin (c. 1868 – April 1, 1917) was an American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions and was dubbed the “King of Ragtime”. During his brief career, he wrote over 100 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first and most popular […]
Manhattan Research Inc.’ is a posthumous compilation from inventor and early electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott. It contains over just over two hours’-worth of space-age pop jingles and library-flavoured electronic music. It’s a perfect release both for those wanting to explore the history of synth music and for listeners who are just after some playful, retro-futurist […]
In a more detailed look at the Ritual Black Metal scene, I will focus on several Swedish bands that have an expressed and/or known connection to esoteric groups, specifically Dragon Rouge and the Misanthropic Lucifer Order (MLO). At the bottom of this page, you can download more about them. Dragon Rouge is a self-described dark […]
Apart from being a blues musician, Thomas was a gravedigger and folk artist known for his sculptures featuring actual human teeth.
Born 14 October 1926 in Eden, Mississippi, died 26 June 1993 in Greenville, Mississippi. Thomas was raised by his grandparents, who gave him his nickname “Son” as a term of endearment. In 1967 he was discovered by researcher William Ferris, who documented his life in the book “Blues From The Delta” and in five films.
I have always had a tremendous respect for Ice Cube, ever since his N.W.A days. That he’s intelligent have always shined through and I just discovered this interview that never got aired back in 1993 and it’s simply amazing. The ones publish it have given it the title “Ice Cube in 1993 owns a reporter […]