This week I’ve been indulging in a treasure trove of Southern Saharan guitar mastery courtesy of the Sahel Sounds label, including Ahmoudou Madassane’s Zerzura OST, billed as the first Saharan Acid Western, which he also wrote and stars in! The sparse desert-blues soundtrack was improvised live while watching the film, and features some incredible guest musicians including staff fave Marisa Anderson. Highly recommended for anyone wishing to bridge the gap between Tinariwen/Mdou Moctar and Neil Young’s Dead Man soundtrack.
The label also present a mesmerizing longform recording of heavy thuddin’ complex Takamba rhythms and Tuareg folk melodies channelled through maxed out guitar amps, in the form of Tallawit Timbouctou’s Hali Diallo LP, plus gorgeous recordings of a Nigerien girl’s school choir, accompanied by minimal call and response acoustic guitar, recorded in 1985.
I just put the new All Of This Goes Too compilation from Mississippi sub-label Cairo Records on in the shop to write about it here, but in doing so someone perked up and bought the last copy! So I don’t wanna tease you here with something you can’t have… or do I!! It’s an abundance of deep soul gems, beautifully packaged in a great sleeve with the label’s signature gold foil detailing, always standing out, bonus points for in depth liner notes including recommended further listening and some slightly oblique quotes; never thought I’d see Guy Maddin’s name on a soul record! Available exclusively in shops as well, much respect to the people at Cairo/Mississippi. If only you could get your hands on it I hear you say… Well you’ll be glad to know there are two more entries in the series arriving soon! We can’t wait.
Black Friday gave us some more beloved David Axelrod reissues, 2 LPs from 1970: Earth Rot, and Pride, made in collaboration with his son Michael. The Earth Rot reissue is once again thanks to Now-Again Records, and has all the instrumentals on a second LP (for your sampling pleasure) as requested by Axelrod before his unfortunate passing last year.
Also released on Black Friday was the reissue of Nigerian Afro-Funk heavy hitters Ofege's second album, The Last Of The Origins. First official reissue with extensive liner notes and all the rest! Shining example of some of the amazing Psychedelic Funk music coming out of West Africa in the 70s.
New Sarathy Korwar and UPAJ Collective triple LP on Gearbox is a really enthralling study of the relationship between Indian classical music and Spiritual Jazz, including reinterpretations of pieces by Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane and Don Cherry, all recorded live at Church Of Sound just up in Clapton!
Plus these Coil reissues, as always, will not stick around long so don't sleep on them!
Stay tuned for a special end of year announcement from us very soon...
Finished writing to the sounds of Bluetile Lounge.