I actually listen to most music digitally, while I'm commuting or at my desk, than I do on vinyl. Any thoughts on the three albums I've listened to most this week?
V/A - African Scream Contest, 2008 (comp of psychedelic, sweaty 1970s afrobeat from Benin and Togo - pretty wild)
The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms, 1980 (post-punk/indie rock featuring the titular crazy rhythms and some taught guitar)
Frank Black & the Catholics - Black Letter Days, 2002 (bluesy alt-rock album released on the same day as the 'Devil's Workshop' album. This seems to have a darker strand running through it)
The only thing that could be more entertaining than listening to the thrilling compilation African Scream Contest Vol.2 is talking to the man behind the project. Samy Ben Redjeb, owner of Analogue Africa, a record label located in Germany, says that the compilation – a sequel to the critically acclaimed first volume released a decade earlier – was close to being shelved due to a mix of misplaced promises, missing musicians and the old industry bug-bears of contracts and copyright. Like its predecessor, Vol.2 had Ben Redjeb returning to the scene of his earlier success; the West African country of Benin. Once again, he compiled another catchy batch of unreleased 1970s tunes by long-lost artists to illustrate how the country – and the continent in general – was a hot bed of exciting and innovative sounds that freely mixed traditional music elements with western flavours such as soul and funk. Listening to the collection, which is available on CD (with a lush booklet of detailed liner notes) and major online streaming sites, you can only marvel at the sounds created by musicians with unbridled creativity, and without the burden of commercial pressures. From the blissed-out psychedelia of A Min We Vo Nou We by Les Sympathics de Porto Novo and the earthy blues of Picoby Band D’Abomey’s Me Adomina to the assured groove and spidery riffs of Le Super Borgou de Parakou’s Baba L’Oke Ba’Wagbe, the 14-track-compilation is one of the coolest soundtracks you will hear this summer and has already garnered critical acclaim as one of the best releases of the year. But as well as Ben Redjeb’s tasteful ear, it took the services of an ex-military hard-man-turned-musician to make it happen ...interview in @thenationaluae and.link in profile :)
African Scream Contest (Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds From Benin & Togo 70s)
African Scream Contest 2 (Benin 1963-1980)
Analog Africa 2008 - 2018
10 years separate the first volume and the 2nd recently released.
Killer compilations with extensive liner notes & pictures, the new volume is even more beautiful with 24 page LP size booklet 🔥
2 of my favorite songs are:
Vol. 1: Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - Gbeti Madjro
Vol. 2: Stanislas Tohon - Dja Dja Dja
New Music Friday: short week, but some interesting stuff comes with it. Here are *some* of what I’ll be checking out:
Mazzy Star - Still EP :: Hope Sandoval and Mazzy Star return after 4 years with a short EP of two new tracks, one first time recorded, and one rework from a classic album. Her voice is still as haunting and beautiful as ever and the music just as ethereal // @mazzystarmusic #stillEP
Natalie Prass - The Future and The Past :: r&b, disco and funk inspire the sound on this indie pop record from the dapper Ms. Prass up there // @natalieprass #thefutureandthepast
Analog Africa presents - African Scream Contest Vol. 2 :: compilation of afro-funk, blues, soul and rock music from the west African country of Benin from 1963 to 1980. Massive percussion, horns, guitars and bass fused together over incredible rhythms and singing I can’t understand! It’s cool tho, it’s about the feel and appreciating great music from far away and long ago // @analogafrica #africanscreamcontest2
Kanye West - ye :: the polarizing artist is back after a, dare I say, ~SHAKEY~ couple of weeks of saying the most incredibly stupid shit imaginable! But ‘Ye isn’t here to be a rocket scientist heralding in political philosophies to resolve global warming and gun control. He’s a musician and like him or not his music is consistently good for fans of hip hop. Another short release after Pusha’s short Kanye produced banger last week // @kanyewestt_official #ye
Curren$y - The Marina EP :: New Orleans rap vet teams up with a producer I’ve been real into, Harry Fraud. Solid features, with soulful atmospheric samples and good beats to nod your head to // @spitta_andretti @harryfraud #themarinaEP
Sam Evian - You, Forever :: NYC producer/sound engineer turned singer-songwriter delivers a dreamy indie rock record as a celebration of understanding and accepting of self. Delicate falsetto and reverb laden vocals and catchy melodies, along with some country tinges shade parts of the work recorded with road trips in mind // @sam.evian #youforever
African Scream Contest Vol. 2- Benin 1963-1980
Back with a second volume of funky rarities for African Scream Contest Vol 2, @analogafrica explore more of the post-colonial Afrobeat and heavy funk recordings of Benin. The West African nation underwent regime change, name change, and a variety of tension-inducing political, social, and economic shifts. All the while, artists continued to create horn-laden boogies, raw voodoo rhythms, and searing guitar work.
Hear the whole thing today at New Commute.
African Scream Contest Vol.2 – Benin 1963 - 1980
10 años después de su predecesor, sale el volumen dos de “African Scream Contest”, una producción que registra algunas de las bandas y artistas destacados, que protagonizaron la escena musical de Benín en las décadas de los 60´s y 70´s, modernizando músicas y ritmos ancestrales asociados a la religión Voudoun, que incluye la adoración de al menos 250 divinidades, donde cada divinidad tiene su propio conjunto específico de ritmos. Este compilado es otro tesoro que sale a la luz gracias al incansable explorador y fundador del sello Analog Africa (Samy Ben Redjeb), que nos entrega 14 tracks infectados con el afrofunk más crudo, visceral y representativo de este país, que durante décadas fue un importante generador de música del oeste africano. RG*