Thursday, 6 November 2014

Kenny Wheeler R.I.P.

Kenny Wheeler • flugelhorn
Keith Jarrett • piano
Dave Holland • bass
Jack DeJohnette • drums

Kenny Wheeler, born January 14 1930, died September 18 2014

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

gas 0095

Gas 0095 was the debut album of electronic musician Mat Jarvis (High Skies) released under his Gas moniker (not to be confused with Wolfgang Voigt's Gas) . It was written, performed and recorded in his Nottingham studio during 1994 and released on Em:t Records (Emit Records) in January 1995.

The album was never advertised and quickly sold on word of mouth alone. Today it is much sought after among collectors and on auction sites like eBay. The album was encoded in 3D by the huge and hugely expensive Roland Sound Space RSS 3D sound imaging system.

In 2008, Gas 0095 was remastered at 32bit/96 kHz from the original studio tapes, and re-released on CD and digital download by Jarvis on the Microscopics label as Micro-000001.

1. Generator 0000
2. Experiments On Live Electricity
3. Microscopic
4a. Miniscule
4b. Pixels
5. Vapourware
6. SeOCl₂
7. Earthshake
8. Mathematics And Electronics
9a. Timestretch
9b. Earthloop
10a. F. 0:16
10b. H₂TeO₃
11. Discovery
12. Generator 0072

Tracklisting oddities:
- The track "Miniscule" is only a fraction of a second long, so it is listed here as 0:00 in length.
- The track "Timestretch" is a full track, 4:30 long, compressed into one second of audio.
- Tracks 10a and 10b are listed separately as Tracks 10 and 11 on the CD packaging, thus pushing Tracks 11 and 12 back to 12 and 13.
- Track 12 also comprises the extra tracks "Pink" and "Doom", not listed on the packaging.

Producer, Electronics, Mathematics

Label: em:t ‎– 0095
Country: UK
Released: 1995
Genre: Electronic
Style: IDM, Experimental, Ambient

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

em:t 0094

Cult ambient label from the UK, originally active 1994-1998. Known for its digipak releases with animal-themed covers created by The Designer's Republic. In its old incarnation, it was a sublabel of t:me. em:t shut down in 1998 when t:me succumbed to financial troubles.

In late 2003, em:t was reformed as its own company and began releasing new music, but they again went out of business in late 2006.

Catalogue numbers: For old em:t releases, the last two digits represent the year of release, and the first two represent the order of release within a year ('00', then '11', then '22' etc).

1. Coco, Steel & Lovebomb • Harlem
2. Voodoo Warriors Of Love • Swea
3. Bad Data • Deep Freeze
4. Gas • Pixels
5. Qubism • Anthropomorphic
6. Milan • Earthloop
7. Miasma • Walking Blindfold
8. Strawberry Girl • Poesie
9. Woob • Void, Part One

Recorded and mixed at Square Centre Studios, Nottingham, England, 
and other studios across the world. 

Label: em:t ‎– 0094
Format: 320
Country: UK
Released: 1994
Genre: Electronic
Style: Ambient

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Sensational

Five years in the making, The Rise and Fall and Rise of Sensational is a riotous, visually seductive, and thematically inspirational portrait of an eccentric artist who defies all explanations and proves that believing in your own talent is the only option.
The film chronicles the life and music of Colin Julius Bobb, aka Sensational. Described as part rapper, part genius, and part extraterrestrial, this consummate artist lives completely in his own reality. He’s also one of the most bizarre, paradoxical, and creative names in hip-hop, a true character whose self-destructive tendencies and unique worldview come to the fore in this comical yet moving documentary.
The Rise and Fall and Rise of Sensational blends current footage, stock footage, vintage music videos, and Super 8 film to visually illustrate Sensational’s creative persona. Colleagues, collaborators, and fans such as legendary producer Bill Laswell, Mike G from the Jungle Brothers, WordSound owner and music journalist Skiz Fernando, and Curver Thoroddsen from the Icelandic band Ghostigital weigh in on the rapper’s ingenuity and unorthodox working methods. But it’s the soundtrack, culled from Sensational’s extensive catalogue, that truly weaves the story together. And, of course, the always unpredictable, often hilarious comments of the man himself.

Produced by
S. H. Fernando Jr.

Score by

Produced, Directed and Edited by

E. A. Moore

Monday, 17 March 2014

Derek Bailey, George Lewis, John Zorn • Yankees

A collaborative trio no doubt this was, but both Zom and Lewis have made clear their admiration and debt to Bailey and it is the guitarist who as often as not defines the parameters of these five excellent tracks. The two long items, 'The Legend of Enos Slaughter' and 'On Golden Pond', are both indicative of Zorn's great skills as an improviser; not just a pasticheur or ironist, he is also a first-rate saxophone player, an aspect of his artistic personality that tended to be overlooked in the period between this record and the later Masada project. Lewis is a giant, a player with a huge tone, a complex grasp of higher harmonics and, like Zorn, a dedicated deconstructor of his instrument, constantly experimenting with his component elements: mouthpiece, bell and slides. It's Bailey, though who makes things happen. His acoustic and amplified playing is tight marshalled, fierce and never less than expressive. His first entrances on the opening 'City City City' are breathtaking, and anyone who takes the plunge and samples this now mid-price disc could well find it a taste-altering experience.

Richard Cook and Brian Morton
The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD

1. City City City
2. The Legend Of Enos Slaughter
3. Who's On First
4. On Golden Pond
5. The Warning Track

Derek Bailey • Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
George Lewis • Trombone
John Zorn • Alto, Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet, Game Calls

Recorded at OAO Studio, Brooklyn NY
Recorded by Martin Bisi

Label: Celluloid ‎– CELL 5006
Format: 320
Country: US
Released: 1983
Genre: Jazz
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The Otherside featuring Musa K • Burn Baby Burn

1. Prelude To Monkey Dread    
2. Monkey Dread    
3. Roadblock    
4. Journey 2 Darkness    
5. Daygal    
6. Binta: La Vie De Femme    
7. Pressure Point - Pressure Dub    
8. Forgive & Forget    
9. Love In The Jungle    
10. Black Orchid    
11. Demna    
12. The Beauty Of Song    
13. Giovanni's Room

It is only fitting to the musicians who performed on this album, not to list their names according to songs on which they performed, because each songs' influence gave a new dynamism and life like metamorphosis to the other. I chose to list the musicians' continent of origin and instrument played. I am deeply indebted.
Musa K

Musa Kalamulah • Vocals, Rap
Mustapha 'Heavy M' Kalamulah (my son) • Vocals, Rap
Edward N'jie • Vocals, Rap
Ayo Roy Macauley • Guitars
Aziz Salim • Guitars
Mamadi Kamara • CONGAS
Gabriel • CONGAS
David Oladunmi • CONGAS

Brian Edwards • Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Ray Carless • Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Kevin Robinson • Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Alan Weeks • Guitar
Adrian Reed • Keyboards
Gary Dawkins • Toasting (old skool)

David Toop • Drum Programming, Guitar, Flute, Bass Guitar, Steel Guitar
Steve Beresford • Bass Guitar
Peter Ind • Double Bass
Adrian MacIntosh • Drum
Musa M'boob • Sabarr
Assane N'doye-Cisse • Sabarr
Niaw N'ying • TAMA
Massamba Diop • TAMA

Recorded at Dave Hunt's Studio and Mark Angelo's Studio
Mixed at Mark Angelo's Studio   
Executive Producer  Musa Kalamulah
Produced by David Toop

Label: Jungle Rendez-Vous Records ‎– JRVCD101
Format: 320
Country: UK
Released: 1995
Genre: Electronic, Folk, World
Style: African

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Burundi Black • Burundi Black

I wasn't aware of this recording back in 1981 when it was re-released, but the bands it influenced like Bow Wow Wow ans Adam and the Ants were playing Burundi drums on these space age (to me) Staccato drum kits which have amazing sound. Now if anyone knows of any sampled Staccato drum sounds, drop me a line.


"Burundi Black" is a 1971 recording credited to Burundi Steiphenson Black.
Released as a single, it made #31 on the UK Singles Chart.
The single was arranged and produced by French pianist, arranger and record producer Michel Bernholc (1941 – June 5, 2002). He was a classically trained pianist who had previously worked with pop musicians such as Michel Berger, France Gall, Françoise Hardy and Claude François. For the "Burundi Black" single, he used the pseudonym Mike Steiphenson.
The record sampled a recording of drumming by 25 members of the Ingoma people in Burundi. The recording was made in 1967 by anthropologists Michel Vuylsteke and Charles Duvelle, and was released on the album Musique du Burundi on the French Ocora label in 1968. Steiphenson overdubbed his own piano and guitar rock arrangement onto the recording.
In 1981, a new arrangement of "Burundi Black" was recorded by drummer Rusty Egan and French record producer Jean-Philippe Iliesco, and released in the UK and US where it became a dancefloor hit, described by music critic Robert Palmer as "glitzy pop-schlock, a throwaway with a beat". Palmer noted that, although Steiphenson had retained copyright over "Burundi Black", the Burundian musicians made no money from any of the recordings.
The recording of Burundi drummers was also sampled by Joni Mitchell on her song "The Jungle Line" (1975), on "Zimbo" by Echo & the Bunnymen (1983),  the Def Leppard single "Rocket" (1987) and the Beastie Boys' "59 Chrystie Street" (1989).

1. Burundi Black (First Part)
2. Burundi Black (Second Part)

Drummers of Burundi
Additional Drums • Rusty Egan
Special Re-mix • J.P. Illiesco, Rusty Egan
Written by Mike Steiphenson

Label: Barclay ‎– BAX1, Decca ‎– BAX1
Format: 320
Country: UK
Released: 1981
Genre: Electronic, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Tribal, Experimental