Baba Commandment & The Mandingo Band —
Siri Ba Kele ... CD SublimeFrequencies, 2018. New Copy ...
Rootsy grooves and heavy rhythms from Baba Commandant – an album recorded in Burkina Faso, and done with a nice blend of guitar, bass, and drums – plus plenty of work on balafon and n'goni! The steel tones of the n'goni ring out nicely next to the warmer percussive melody of the balafon – instantly setting up a pulse for each new song, which is filled in nicely with wider washes of sound from the guitar! Baba Commandant sings on most numbers, but also lets most of the tunes find their groove first – and titles include "Loga Fo Djelba", "Bobira", "Mantcha Mantcha", and "Siguisso". CD
Another gorgeously ramshackle batch of tunes from Sumatra – percussion, tribal folk material filtered through some surprisingly diverse and modern trippy, funky influences! Many of the recordings were culled from rare cassette tapes, archiving material recorded between the 60s and the 80s. Another fascinating, unearthed treasure from SublimeFrequencies! 17 tracks in all: "Sigumendar" by Syamsudin, "Nelayan" by Iswani Ismail, "Ayam Den Lapeh" by Elly Kasim, "Taubat" by Ummi Nadra, "Bayang Terbyang" by Syamsudin, "Mali Ila Ahadin" by HK Zahara and lots more! LP, Vinyl record album
Field recordings from Madagascar – one of the most isolated nations on the planet, and one with a very unique musical culture as well! The sounds here are unlike anything else we can think of – usually spare, with a mixture of percussion, slight melody, and singing – but often very conversational on the long ones, as if the narrative of the lyrics is more important than any sort of overall song structure! The sounds here really transport us – even if we don't know the language at all – and there's a clarity to the recording quality that both makes the music feel very current, but also echoes some of the more timeless Madagascar music over the years. Limited pressing – heavy vinyl, with notes on the music. LP, Vinyl record album
Sujud ... LP SublimeFrequencies, 2018. New Copy ...
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A dark duo from the Indonesian scene – working here in a mode that's unlike anything you might expect! The pair mix deep, muddy vocalizations with noisy guitar and other fuzzy sounds – but also include some more organic melodic or percussive instrumentation from time to time – yet always wrapped up in the darker cloak that covers the core sound, with a style that's almost industrial! Much of the music is very cyclical and dreamy – but in a nightmarish way – and titles include "Sujud", "Kehendak", "Kebaikan Tumbuh Dari Tanah", "Terberkatilah Tanah Ini", and "Tanggalkan Di Dunia". LP, Vinyl record album