Archive for March, 2010
Got the tip from, of all places, Pitchfork, that Soul Jazz is reissuing its Tribe anthology Message from the Tribe. It’s an nice primer for the former label/community center/magazine (and I’d love to get my hands on the magazine reprints) but any of the classic Tribe releases are well worth a listen. Marcus Belgrave’s Gemini II and Mixed Bag’s First Album are both favorites of mine, but then again Wendell Harrison’s deep, dark An Evening with the Devil, Doug Hammond’s Reflections in the Sea of Nurnen, Harold McKinny’s Voices and Rhythms of the Creative Profile, and, of course, Phil Ranelin’s Vibes from the Tribe are all pretty fantastic. The ever-reliable Dusty Groove has a surprisingly robust selection of vinyl reissues of a lot of the Tribe stuff.
Levent here. Several mixes are currently languishing in various states of completion, but watch for my selection of film score obscurities (together with a few not-so-obscure tunes) coming within the next few days.
In the meantime I thought I’d share with you some relatively recent releases (and new discoveries) I’ve been spending some quality time with.
First up is Peter Kruder’s Private Collection, a wonderfully peaceful and masterfully sequenced mix from your second favorite Austrian DJ. Eclectic late night soundscapes from Spirit of Eden-era Talk Talk, Tortoise, Tom Waits, Jon Brion, and much more. Highly, highly recommended.
You can be forgiven for thinking Madlib is stretching himself a little thin with his increasingly prolific output as of late, but the second in his Medicine Show series of releases – Flight to Brazil – is rock solid. I was a big fan of his Mind Fusion series from a few years back, with its incredibly sloppy mixing and throw-it-all-into-the-blender-and-hit-puree ethic, and this release follows suit. Great psych-jazz stuff all over it, even if it doesn’t hold a candle to Adrien75′s 2007 Flying Down to Rio mix for this website.
I’ve been playing what is possibly my favorite release from last year, Jim O’Rourke’s The Visitor, for my newborn baby, and it’s very effective at mellowing her out. It’s a gorgeous little record.
And thanks to the efforts of the many jazz bloggers out there, I’ve discovered much of the back catalog of the amazing violinist Michael White, especially the early Impulse releases Spirit Dance and Pneuma.
Also in heavy rotation are Popol Vuh’s many soundtracks to Werner Herzog’s films. My personal favorite (soundtrack, not film) is Cobra Verde, but they’re all worth your time.
Meanwhile, I noticed that Sun Ra’s fantastically mellow Sleeping Beauty album has been reissued. Absolutely worth a purchase if just for the title cut.
Kind of surprised the latest Massive Attack album isn’t getting more love. It’s a predictably impeccable production, featuring an interesting set of collaborators yet again, and it wouldn’t be a Massive Attack album without an amazing track with Horace Andy.
That’s it for now. Peace and love to all, and stay tuned for some goodies in the coming days and weeks.
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