Mekine U Teksi – Postanatolische Hybride – Die Steppenroboter LP
In true TFGC tradition their latest release arrives with minimum warning and maximum excitement, whipping our most serious collectors into a giddy hipped frenzy. For their thirteenth installment, the label invite newcomers Murat Göktaş & Irfan Derin to deliver their mind expanding take on Turkish techno, Anatolian ambient and Kurdish kosmische. Taking up the challenge without a moment’s hesitation, our dynamic duo synchronized synths, warmed up the drum machines and headed off into the mountains. For thirty long days these prophets lived off the land, using the stars to navigate, the sun to cook and orgonite for everything else. On the fifth day the post-kraut melodies, tremulous bass and tumbling rhythm of “Emîgratîon” came on like a fever dream, tearing their consciousness open with the searing heat of electric saz. “Resîstenz” rumbled out of an arid cave, an ancient vision of a future past painted on crumbling stone by leathery hands; taut percussion, hypnotic bass and the mysterious flute telling of a time before the World was one. “Odyssee” came creeping through the dark, rustling through the undergrowth with sidewinding bass, distant cries and a relentless groove. Thunder rolled and lightening struck, leaving the pulsating frame of “Weltschmerz” glowing in the darkness, bristling with technoid power. On the twenty first day time seemed to stop, reality fractured and the psychedelic groove of “Dîssîmîlatîon” danced through the cracks, pulling the duo through the looking glass and into a land of ecstatic electrodisco. Murat and Irfan were lost, languishing in a place beyond space, time and reason until the post-kraut groove of “Emersîon” provided respite, resolution and rebirth. It was time to come down from the mountains and spread the message.
Piero Umiliani – La Ragazza Fuoristrada
“La ragazza fuoristrada”, set between Egypt and Ferrara, deals in an unusual way with the theme of racial integration, still considered a taboo at the time especially in remote Italian provinces. Despite the fact that the title evokes the legendary Dune Buggy (the main character, Luc Merenda, is a journalist who goes to Egypt to test it), this is not an action movie but on the contrary is an intimate and thought provoking portrait. Once again Piero Umiliani’s music adds melancholy to the evocative scenes (“Il tuo volto”, “Volto di donna”, “Nostalgia”, presented here in different versions), without neglecting important sound variations like in “Senza tregua”, years ahead of the James Taylor Quartet and acid jazz, or “La rinuncia”, a wonderful rock theme with the Hammond organ. Araya’s voice, in addition to her mysterious and sophisticated beauty, is also worth mentioning. She sings two songs in the movie, “Oltre l’acqua del fiume” in Italian and “Maryam” in Amharic, which for some reason have not been included in the vinyl soundtrack.”
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Glenn Adams – A Beat For You
Emotional Rescue presents the first of three essential 12”s from NY/Jamaican label Capo Disco, all officially licensed and remastered for the first time. The brainchild of reggae vocalist, musician, producer and label owner Glen Adams, the label married disco with his Caribbean roots to perfection.
Born and raised in Jamaica, Adams story is a similar one to the performers of the golden period post-Independence. Initially discovered as a vocalist by Coxsone Dodd, he went on to work with such luminaries as Ken Boothe and Stranger Cole before co-founding The Heptones and working Duke Reid, Bunny Lee and Lloyd Charmers.As a session organist he worked for The Hippy Boys, The Reggae Boys and later with Lee Perry’s The Upsetters. Here he came in to the orbit of The Wailors, touring England with them in the early 70s and with Perry co-wrote Mr Brown. When most of The Upsetters became Marley’s rhythm section, Adams stayed with Perry before making the move to Brooklyn in 1975.
There he started Capo Records, running it and it’s sub-labels, successfully until the mid-80s. During these later years he ventured in to mixing Reggae with Boogie and Disco rhythms and released just four 12”s under Capo Disco as well as recording boogie and hip-hop influenced releases with T Ski
Valley and as Glen Adams Affair for SAM and Moonglow Records.Here then the spotlight is on Adam’s nascent disco releases and the series starts with the wonderful, uplifting A Beat For You. Actually appearing on a one off sister-label, Top Secret, this is a beautiful “Lovers” anthem from Adams over a laidback dub-bass riddim. Backed with a simple instrumental Version, the space and interplay of the keys and guitar over drum and bass is superlative.
Jeremy Spellacey – Crown Ruler Sound
Don’t be fooled by Spellacey’s lower profile: amongst those who know, the Melbourne-based New Zealander is widely regarded as a seriously dusty-fingered digger, capable of unearthing and championing ridiculously good records from all four corners of the globe. He sells some of these exceptional finds through his Crown Ruler online store, though there are many more that he keeps hidden from the public.
Spellacey has previously shied away from sharing the secrets of his extensive record collection. Crown Ruler Sound, then, is a rare treat: a gloriously colourful, sun-baked compilation of tropical treats from Africa, the Caribbean and beyond, hand-picked by the man who helped license this year’s most essential reissue, the South African boogie brilliance that is Focus’s Zulu.
From synth-laden Zambian reggae and sumptuous orchestral Afro-soul, to humid Trinidadian boogie and horizontal Italian jazz-funk, Spellacey offers a whirlwind trip through the most kaleidoscopic and exotic parts of his epic collection. As you’d expect from a man who has traveled the world hunting down records, the majority of the 15 tracks will be unknown to all but a handful of similarly minded crate diggers. In fact, some are so obscure that you’ll struggle to find any mention of them at all online. This could be your only chance to own the boogie-era reggae-disco brilliance of Le Banda De Martin’s “Mi Dueno” and the tear-jerking Afro-soul shuffle of Kosmik 3’s “I’m Gonna Pack” (here featured in exclusive Jeremy Spellacey re-edit form).
Highlights come thick and fast, from the first note to the last. Check, for example, the wild P-funk of Acayouman’s “Funk Around”, the dancing marimbas and undulating grooves of Feladey’s “Forest Music” and the impeccable South African jazz-funk of Stimela’s sought-after 1983 debut single, “I Love You”. Other notable highlights include Ezy & Isaac’s spellbinding 1977 cut “Let Your Body Move (Oba Balu Balu)”, seemingly the missing link between Rotary Connection, Fela Kuta and soundscape disco, Devon Russell’s inspired reggae-soul cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Move on Up”, and Mike Fabulous’ “Wang East”, a sublime chunk of summery electro-reggae from Spellacey’s native New Zealand. We could go on, but we don’t want to spoil all the surprises. Suffice to say, Crown Ruler Sound will surprise and entertain you in equal measure.
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Rommek – Moth Hole
As a recent emerging artist, Rommek has shown promising developments in his own sound, as well as carving his way into the current techno scene. His extensive interest in sound design is embedded within the atmospheric, dynamic and textured tracks he produces. The debut Thought Patterns Ep on the London based label Weekend Circuit, established his position on the map. Since then, various releases have proven his wide appeal through the combination of the energetic, gritty UK sound coalesced with deep and transcendental aspects.