Monday, February 16, 2009

Inaugural Post (Part Two)

Flying Lotus – Los Angeles (2008)
Dense, sludgy hip-hop beats. My favourite album of 2008.

The Pentangle – Basket of Light (1969)
British band from the 60s that played folk songs on acoustic instruments, but with intricate jazzy arrangements. The singer has a pretty voice.

Baaba Maal – Missing You (Mi Yeewnii) (2001)
This album was recorded outdoors in the Senegalese singer’s native village. Lots of little ambient sounds creep in - leaves rustling, insects buzzing, the occasional farm animal. Oh, and the music is good too. Acoustic guitars, traditional West African instruments and some really strong singing.

Animal Collective – Water Curses EP (2008)
Only four tracks here, and they’re all solid. The first song has a really nice bouncy rhythm. The others are eerie ambient excursions. Headphone music.

Don Cherry – Brown Rice (1975):
Don Cherry’s take on world music. Freaky, spastic, sexy and disorienting are all appropriate adjectives.

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