Sunday, February 24, 2013

William Onyeabor - Why Go To War (1979)

spring is coming - at least in Cairo (sorry luke) - and with it otherworldy trips to the sinai, desert parties and balcony soirees. in short, can't wait. and to celebrate the imminent return of our friend the sun i can't think of a better tune than this absolute scorcher by william onyeabor:

flash trap posted a biography of onyeabor lifted from the liner notes of the Nigeria 70 comp "The Definitive Story of 1970's Funky Lagos":

William Onyeabor studied cinematography in Russia for many years, returning to Nigeria in the mid-70s to start his own Wilfilms music label and to set up a music and film production studio. He recorded a number of hit songs in Nigeria during the 70s, the biggest of which was ‘Atomic Bomb’ in 1978. ‘Better Change Your Mind’ is taken from the same album, and, as well as slating the power-crazed nations of the world, the second half settles into a unique slice of stripped down spacey, lo-fi funk which is unlike any other Nigerian music being made at the time. William has now been crowned a High Chief in Enugu, where he lives today as a successful businessman working on government contracts and running his own flour mill."
what a legend.

why go to waaar dunudundundundun

ps. onyeabor albums are available here; def grab 'Tomorrow'.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

D.vassalotti - Mirror (2011)

andrew, FC's lord of death rock, wrote on d.vassalotti's 'book of ghosts' ages ago. after completely forgetting about the band i recently rediscovered this triumph of a track. been blasting it on repeat ever since. the bass drone riff + mega-fuzz antics = pure bliss.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Julia Holter - Chiamami Adesso (2013)

Nothing says "Happy Valentines Day!" like a sparse, haunting ballad by Julia Holter. Here the songstress recasts Chiamami Adesso by melancholic Italian pianist Paolo Conte. Here's the original, which is awesome.

Holter's version is plaintive, ethereal and wonderful:

Big props to Flo again for the shout. Happy Valentines dearest x

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Charles Bradley - Strictly Reserved For You (2013)

FC's been posting tons of stuff by daptone records over the years (here, here, and here), mostly because they've got a monopoly on finding and generating raw soul talent. charles bradley is a case in point, daptone found him after he'd been working shit jobs for decades. and now he's crunching out raw soul buns like this:

+ more recent daptone tastiness: