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Afro Celt Sound System – Magic and Mayhem – Carraval: I remember saying only the other week that it was ages since I had come across any new music or band that truly blew me away, feeling stuck in the past, but this week I heard this band is coming to the Picturedrome next week. Their name piqued my interest so have been listening to them on youtube, amazing, wonderful, and lots of other superlatives. Thought I would forward the link to this track for your listeners in case they too had never come across the band before either.
The Beaters – Inhlupheko Iphelile – Magicman: This week’s discovery is South African soul/jazz/township band The Beaters, formed in Soweto in the late 1960s and including Sipho Mabuse in the line-up. There’s a tremendous LP from 1975 which reminds me very much of one of my early loves : Osibisa. This one has similar keyboard and flutes backed by the forever drums. “This LP emerges as a product of so many polarities and cross-roads that continue to challenge the fusion of South African identities – modern/traditional; urban/rural; north/south; foreign/local. Imagine a sixteen-year old Soweto schoolboy in 1965 identifying with the hippie movement and forming a band called “The Beaters”. Performing bare-foot in mandarin-collared white jackets, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, Selby Ntuli, Alec Khaoli and Monty Ndimande became a hit with the urban hip black crowds in Pretoria and Johannesburg. Their first album “Soul-A-Go-Go” was released in 1969. American Soul and Jazz was assimilated into what became known as Soweto Soul.” (from the Electric Jive website). This is from the 1975 LP Harari.
Hey Exit – Holding collapse – glassarfemptee: Hey Exit is Brendan Landis. He lives in Queens NY. I’ve troubled your ears with him before. His latest EP moves into the field of avant shoegaze, whatever that is. Soothing balm, though. See what you think.
Lizz Wright – Barley – tincanman: The North Carolina-based gospel/jazz singer wanted to dig deeper into her family’s southern heritage on her new album, Grace. She covers, as you might expect, Ray Charles, Sister Rosetta Sharpe, Allen Toussaint but also Canadians Rose Cousins, kd lang and this one from the American/Canadian Chicago duet Birds of Chicago. No one said Americans were good at geography.
Randy Newman – On the Beach – severin: Some of the songs on the new Randy Newman album are more speech than singing. The title track is like a sketch set to music. Nothing wrong with that but I rather enjoy this brief, jazzy ode to the guy who never leaves the beach.
Holly Macve – No One Has The Answers – AliM: I went to see Holly Macve in concert the other week – she is my friend’s granddaughter. She is young and talented, and has lots of potential, although her voice and style tend towards melancholy. It’s impossible to mind this too much when her voice is so beautiful. Anyway, this is from her CD Golden Eagle, and is probably one of the more upbeat tracks, in spite of its title.
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