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Natik AwayezManbarani ... LP
Sublime Frequencies, 2021. New Copy ... $22.99
A contemporary album, but one with a very ancient vibe – recorded in Cairo on a mix of percussion and stringed instruments, and set to vocals that have a wonderful way of cascading over the grooves! From what we can tell, there's no electricity in the instrumentation – which furthers the timeless qualities of the music – and even though the language of the lyrics are beyond us, they're handled with a soulful style that's very transcendent – as is the instrumentation! Titles include "Aden", "The Exodus", "The South", "Manbarani", "You Don't Mind", and "The Land Of Exiles". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dagar Gyil Ensemble Of LawraDagara – Gyil Music of Ghana's Upper West Region ... LP
Sublime Frequencies, 2021. New Copy ... $22.99
There's a single musician playing a balafon on the front cover of the record, but the sound within is much more group-oriented and tumultuous – wonderful work recorded in the field in Ghana, with a pulsing rhythmic quality that mixes the balafon with lots more percussion and some stringed instrumentation too! The record's awash in many tones and textures – with the depth of a gamelon performance, but a sound that's much more earthy and wood-based – moving in cycles that stretch out over two side-long tracks, almost with some of the heavy trance-like vibe that you'd find in Moroccan music too! Titles include "Sebru" and "Bagr Bine". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Phuong TamMagical Nights – Saigon Surf, Twist, & Soul 1964 to 1966 ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, Mid 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
You may not know the name of Phuong Tam – but you'll definitely get plenty of the surf, twist, and soul promised in the title – a very cool blend of American modes of the mid 60s, filtered through the cultural crossroads of Saigon, and topped with these beautiful vocals that are completely transcendent! The story of Phuong Tam is laid out in detailed notes inside – both in English and Vietnamese – but the music itself is more than enough, and is the sort of unusual South Asian hybrid that the Sublime Frequencies label has done such a great job with over the years – music we never would have heard otherwise, presented here in a really beautiful way. Almost all tracks have as much strong small combo work with electric guitar as they do lead vocals from Phuong – and the set features a bonus songbook of lyrics, too. Titles include "Buon 18", "Tinh Linh", "60 Nam", "Ai", "Dem Huyen Dieu", "Phut Say Mo", "Anh Dau Em Do", "Buoc Giang Ho", "The Hay Con Xa Lam", and "Nhung Ngay Qua". CD

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VariousMien Yao – Canon Singing In China, Vietnam, & Laos ... LP
Sublime Frequencies, 2021. New Copy ... $22.99
Other-worldly voices singing in unison – heard here in contemporary recordings, but with a quality that's very much out of time! The recordings are from three different nations, but unified in style – mostly no instrumentation at all, just female voices raising together in these unusual tones and inflections – modes that are vaguely similar to some of the Bulgarian female choral recordings that drew a lot of attention decades back, but more subtle overall, with less of the drama of those records. The Laotian and Chinese recordings are completely acapella, and the Vietnamese tracks have an unusual percussion instrument, almost used in a way that evokes gamelan progressions, but more more spare – and the album comes with a set of notes to explain the different variations and recording settings. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Baligh HamdiModal Instrumental Pop Of 70s Egypt ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, 1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wealth of wonderful work from Baligh Hamdi – an artist who had a huge impact on Egyptian music in the postwar years, even if he's not as well known on our side of the Atlantic! The tracks here all date from a time when Hamdi had been already recording for a number of years – first with revolutionary music that helped Egypt find a new musical identity in the 50s, then through blossoming work with singers and film productions in the 60s – leading up to the cuts here, which are from a variety of different instrumental albums issued under Baligh's own name! The style is a bit of what you might guess from the title – instrumental, but hardly pop in the American sense – as the tunes often have these really great flavors and colors that come from a mix of modern and traditional instrumentation – percussion and woodwinds next to keyboards, or a strange flute line next to a guitar – all served up at a level that allows you to focus on the arrangements and nuances without any vocals to get in the way. Titles include "Hanim", "Chaka Chiko", "Gazairia", "Mawood", "Mawal", "The Wanderer", "Zabour", "Iskandarani", "Zamane", "Sahara", and "Salamat". CD

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✨✧ Hayvanlar AlemiGuarana Superpower – Selected Works 2007 to 2009 ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, Late 2000s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible contemporary Turkish psychedelia and hypnotic instrumental jams from Hayvanlar Alemi – a group that blends their region influences with a world of psychedelia and wordlessly anthemic possibilities for a sound all their own! Electric guitars drive of the group's sound – with excellent drums and percussion and bass filling out most the additional instrumentation – with stylophone on one song and some cool electric mandolin on a couple. But the guitars are amazing, with spindly, heavy lead and fuzzed out rhythms. Great stuff from the incomparable Sublime Frequencies. Titles include "Bahar Patlatan", "Mega Mambada". "Welcome To Sunny Australia", "Stamina", "Mavi Sepet", "Guarana Superpower", "Snakesurfing", "Akiskan Misafirler Iki", "Ineffable Dresscode". CD

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✨✧ VariousSound Storing Machines – The First 78rpm Records From Japan 1903 to 1912 ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, 1900s/Early 10s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An incredible collection, and one that definitely lives up to the title – as these very early 78rpm recordings often act more as "sound storing" elements than musical selections themselves – even though most of the tracks feature some mix of vocals and Japanese instrumentation! The tracks here go as far back as 1903, and most are from the first decade of the 20th century – recorded acoustically, with a very spare, almost spooky vibe – so that he flutes, shamisen, percussion, and other instrumentation mixes in these mysterious sonic ways with the equally ethereal voices. The package is a great one – put together by Robert Mills, who also handled the Indian Talking Machine and Victrola Favorites collections a few years back! CD

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✨✧ Omar SouleymanHighway To Hassake – Folk & Pop Sounds Of Syria ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, Late 90s/Early 2000s. Used ... Out Of Stock
An incredible look at Syrian singer Omar Souleyman – an artist who's only been recording for a decade and a half, but who's managed to issue over 500 albums on his own! Souleyman's got a style that's almost spontaneous at times – fast rhythms served up at really tremendous speed, topped with these wickedly-sharp keyboards that move equally quickly along with the groove! The vocals are fierce and frenetic too – sometimes almost shouted, at other times a bit more intimate – and the music has a wonderfully personal, urgent sort of quality. The collection's a great dip into the limitless catalog of Souleyman – and it features notes on the artist in English, as well as a few details on each song. Titles include "Leh Jani", "Jani", "Dabke 2001", "Arabic Dabke", "Atabat", "Jalsat Atabat", and "Toul Al Zeenah". CD
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✨✧ VariousChoubi Choubi – Folk & Pop Sounds From Iraq ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, 1970s/1990s/2000s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A heady brew of unusual music from the Iraqi scene – material that's billed here as folk and pop, but which has a quality that's a lot different than those genres might sound in the US! The folksy cuts often have angular reed work in the mix, which really gives them a sharp edge – especially when aligned with the vocals – and the "pop" material is still often pretty edgey too, with qualities that almost remind us of Bollywood music at times – given the stuttering rhythms, nasally reed lines, and little bits of strings. As usual with Sublime Frequencies, the music here more than lives up to the promise of the label's name – truly unusual sounds that you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else! CD
(Out of print.)
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✨✧ Gerrit Hatcher & Jakob WarmenbolSublime Again ... CD
No Index, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Wonderfully jagged duets between tenorist Gerrit Hatcher and drummer Jakob Warmenbol – the latter of whom occasionally plays some instruments in ways that really go past the usual! Warmenbol's drums are usually rhythmically structured, but still very offbeat – which lets the tenor of Hatcher to wander more freely in open space, often hitting these really reedy, raspy notes that have a nice undercurrent of power. Titles include "Tempest Hutch", "Discomforting Comfort", "Contraband", "Birthday Man", and "Adult Frequencies". CD

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