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