WOMAD this year features: Afrocubism , Alpha Blondy, Baaba Maal, Bellowhead, Dub Colossu, Ebo Taylor, Gogol Bordell0, Penguin Café, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Susheela Raman and Taraf de Haidouks Continue reading WOMAD – Charlton Park 28-31 July 2011
One thing you can say about Ashley Beedle (actually, there lots of things but without contradiction), he is possibly the most polymath of musicians around today and he never lets us down; bring on the Darkstarr!
Any fan of No Wave – Post Punk 1976-1980 will know that James Chance was the leading man of the movement as with The Contortions, they made some of the most compelling tunes of the time that you’ll find on this new release Twist Your Soul: The Definitive Collection.
Soil & “Pimp” Sessions have release their 6th album this year and they are at the Jazz Caf?© today (and WOMAD tomorrow) so as the warmed up in Camden Town, I grabbed a few words with front man Shacho.
It’s probably stating the obvious but for all sorts of reasons, the music from the Balkans can be found all over the globe in various adaptations but this latest compilation on Green Queen Music is a healthy thermometer, London is the place for Balkan Fever London: mind the brass!
Can you image one of the most celebrated soprano voices hanging out with Arcade Fire, The Mars Volta, Muse or Leonard Cohen? Neither can I nor even doing cover versions for that matter but she has (done cover versions that is) with this new album called A Dark Hope; how could you resist?
Next Stop… Soweto 2, sub-titled “Soul, Funk & Organ Grooves From The Townships 1969-1976″ is the second of a three part series by Strut’s finest in the underground sound of South Africa in the 60s and 70s.
We’ve followed Soil & “Pimp” Sessions from the start so I might have said this before, their latest album is the best yet! 6 of the best so to speak.
Dub has come a long way since Lee “Scratch” Perry, King Tubby, Scientist, Mikey Dread and such legendary knob controllers from the echo chambers pioneered the sound in Jamaica but over the years the UK has had its own stars and here’s one of the best kept secrets.
Bustin’ Out is set in a time went the punks limelight was dimming but in its place, the independent DIY label ethic took hold and a whole new generation of musicians started to experiment a little deeper than 3-chord wonders.