Friday 17 March 2023

va - DRIFTWOOD [Mixtape #60]


Here is mixtape #60. That is not counting Graham's & Le Major's selections, plus a few guest mixes you will find on this blog (Coco Maria, Captain XXI, Roady).

Driftwood is a very smooth voyage that starts in Japan with a short intro from Shimizu's music for commercials and Ohnuki's city pop hit 'Kusuri O Takusan'. Later on we can hear many mellow guitars: the haunting guitar of Yougoslavian/American Branko Mataja ; the burkinabe guitar wonder of Super Volta ; a wonderful huayno by Duo Wayra from Ayacucho, Peru ; 'Traces of the Past' by Los Compadres de Cuba (Compay Primo & Compay Segundo in their young days). You will also come across 'Earl Richard' a song of Olde England from the 60's UK folk revival ; the very expressive and aquatic version of Roger Bourdin's Atlantis by the Blue Bells ; dope rap track by Danger Mouse & Black Thought from their stunning album 'Cheat Codes'. And way out instros on side B by The Wailers (the ones from Tacoma), Roha Band (ethio-groove & jazz backing band), Smith & Erickson (from Berkeley?) and Isle of Wight native Max Brennan.

Pfew, never wrote so much in these pages. It's really just another C60 of sweet music.

Side A
01 - Yasuaki Shimizu - Seiko 3
02 - Taeko Ohnuki - Kusuri O Takusan
03 - Danger Mouse & Black Thought - Identical Deaths
04 - Branko Mataja - Da Smo Se Ranije Sreli
05 - The Monzas - Forever Walks a Drifter
06 - Super Volta - La Guitare De Tinga
07 - The Blue Bells - Atlantis
08 - Gene Sikora - A Song For Mary
09 - Duo Wayra - Camino Del Cielo
10 - Duo Los Compadres - Huellas Del Pasado

Side B
11 - Tim Hart & Maddy Prior - Earl Richard
12 - The Wailers - Driftwood
13 - Max Brennan - From The Temple To The Nile
14 - Smith And Erickson - Midnight Mambo
15 - Roha Band - Track 1
16 - Branko Mataja - Tebi Majko Misli Lete
17 - Antonio Sulca - Yaravi and Fugue Garsila

Thanks to Le Major, Jonat, Paul Wiel, Side One Records

Saturday 4 March 2023

va -- Perfect Harmony [Graham's Mixtape March 2023]


How do Senegalese avant-garde storytelling, 60's garage girl groups and acoustic Afro-Brazilian sambas combine ? In perfect harmony !

On this eclectic comp/mixtape, I've chosen (with great difficulty) excerpts from several concept-albums : NYC-based El Michels Affair's cinematic ''Yeti Season'', London's secret soul collective SAULT's ''7'' LP, Count Ossie's triple-long-player spiritual trip ''Grounation' (as The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari)', Senegalo-Swedish political art project Wau Wau Collectif's first album ''Yaral Sa Doom'', Pastor T. L. Barrett's funky church choir production ''Like A Ship'', and Baden Powell & Vinicius De Moraës' legendary ''Afro Samba'' LP, featuring extraordinary vocal performances by Quarteto Em Cy.

Less conceptual but no less perfect and harmonious : 2 obscure songs from the excellent ''Ghost Riders'' compilation (Efficient Space), respectively by teenage garage boy band the Yardleys and teenage garage girl band The Mod 4 ; 2 songs by 80's UK girl-group The Delmonas (backed by Billy Childish's band Thee Milkshakes) ; Turkish instrumental group Önder Bali 4's first single ''Halûk için'' (featuring arranger Zafer Dilek on guitar), Barbadian soul singer Jackie Opel's ''Higher and Higher'' from his very last recording session ; and Quincy Jones' theme song to 1967 film ''In The Heat Of The Night'', sung by Ray Charles.

Thanks : Gérard, Cam Cam, Anja & Klas, Flavien, Georgia, Benny, Jérome, Le Major, Ella.