“”Pieces of WOO: The Other Side” isn’t really a funk album, but rather a jazz/classical/ambient album with heavy funk overtones – an interesting departure for Bernie Worrell, though one that makes complete sense in the progression of his solo albums. A number of instruments and musicians not noted for funk are used for the first time, and the results are downright fascinating. Featuring Amina Claudine Myers, Buckethead, Fred Wesley, Vincent Chancey, Marty Ehrlich, Janet Grice, Patience Higgens, and Umar Bin Hassan.” Bandcamp
“I’m writing these introductory words in early August 2018. It is a Sunday and tomorrow The Scorpions will have one of their first rehearsals again. Seif Abu Bakr returned to his home country Sudan from Kuwait few weeks ago and the plan to re-release the music had been an igniting spark as well. Either way, it seems the narration of The Scorpions has not reached its end yet, let us hope this will only be another starting point within the bands long career. A starting point from which onwards they will receive a little more of the attention they have had deserved right from the beginning; both by a new generation of Sudanese as well as by the rest of the world.
Jannis Stuertz (founder of Habibi Funk red.)
Khartoum, 5th of August 2018.” Bandcamp
“L.I.E.S affiliate Delroy Edwards and avant-pop provocateur Dean Blunt have released Desert Sessions, a collection of hazy instrumental tracks that arrives on Edwards’ own label L.A. Club Resource.
Edwards’ left-field dancefloor-orientated sound is submerged in the tape hiss of Blunt’s signature psychedelic murk, with snatches of vocal samples and choppy, feedback-soaked guitar snippets heralding the enigmatic producer’s shadowy presence.” Source
“Recorded live on April 21 and 22, 1987 at CBGB’s in New York, this is much more than a live best-of album by the “other” star to emerge from Television. Richard Lloyd has always stood — undeservedly — in the shadow of Tom Verlaine, sort of a Gene Clark to Verlaine’s Roger McGuinn, and for reasons difficult to fathom, his solo career has never taken off. Lloyd’s and David Leonard’s guitar playing is in absolutely top form here, and his voice makes a fine instrument, at least on-stage, whether he’s covering an old Thirteenth Floor Elevators number like “Fire Engine” or his own “Alchemy.” Highlights include the killer ten-minute “Field of Fire” (on which the two guitarists more or less rip the envelope with their extended duet jam); the vocal and lyrical showcase “Pleading” makes for a perfect follow-up number and for a fine presentation of Lloyd’s singing (as well as the crunchy, twisting post-folk-rock guitar that he helped perfect in Television). The sound is excellent throughout.” Allmusic
“By the time Twin Peaks’ second season had aired and Fire Walk With Me had just began principle production, Thought Gang had been born. The esoteric jazz side-project of David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti evolved from the seeds of Twin Peaks’ trademark slow cool jazz and blossomed into more experimental pastures: horizonless vistas of acid-soaked free-jazz, laced with spoken word narratives and sprawling noisescapes. Fire Walk With Me’s soundtrack would ultimately showcase two preliminary tracks (‘A Real Indication’ and ‘The Black Dog Runs at Night’) from a full-length album that wouldn’t see release for the next two and a half decades. Between May of 1992, and continuing throughout 1993, the bulk of the remaining material for the album was recorded in pieces. This dove-tailed into a string of contracted sessions for other Lynch-Badalamenti projects.” Source
“In the early ’70s, Jessie Key and Sylvester Cleary – two passionate idealists living in Buffalo, New York – formed a close friendship based on a mutual mission to better their city. The Attica State Prison Riot of 1971 was a burning memory, and the Arthur vs. Nyquist lawsuit – brought against the City of Buffalo for creating and maintaining a racially segregated school system – was on the docket. Key was once a cotton-laborer in Mississippi, who journeyed north for school where he met his kindred spirit, Cleary. The two struck up an intense friendship, bought a drum machine and recorded their first 45, “A Man,” a paean to self-actualization and Black American empowerment, which they custom pressed and issued privately.” Source
“Mick Harvey is best known as a long-time collaborator with Nick Cave and PJ Harvey, but he has also released several solo albums and is a founding member of The Birthday Party, The Bad Seeds, The Boys Next Door, and more. Author Christopher Richard Barker, on the other hand, created the character of Bourchier and his poetry while crafting his novel The Melancholy Haunting of Nicholas Parkes, and then approached Harvey for help with arranging the scores. The result is a powerful and moving fictional narrative that captures the horrors of war on using both micro and macro perspectives.”Source
“Baba Commandant And The Mandingo Band return with their second album, Siri Ba Kele. After the Afro-beat fury of their first album Juguya (2015), the band has now distilled a potent mix of traditional and modern Burkinabe funk with a reverent take on the iconic Mandingue guitar music of the 1970’s. Mamadou Sanou (Baba Commandant) leads the band with a confidence earned from years of toiling in the DIY underground of the West African music scene. His riveting growl and main instrument, the doso n’goni, still strike with a profound delivery. The band’s guitarist, Issouf Diabate, is on board again and his breathtaking guitar work is one of the greatest examples of the instrument displayed in modern times. Massibo Taragna (bass) and Mohamed Sana (drums) are simply one of the finest rhythm sections working today, each a master on his instrument and the chops displayed here are truly something to behold. The band has become an interlocking five-headed hydra of complex funk and cosmic guitar explosions. Recorded in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in February 2018 by Camille Louvel and mixed with SF’s Hisham Mayet, the Mandingo Band’s sophomore LP is a modern statement of searing Sahelian compositions. It stands shoulder-to-shoulder with such classics as Super Biton De Segou (1977), Kanaga De Mopti (1977), Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux (1981) and the mighty Rail Band” Bandcamp
“Bendik Giske (NO/DE) is a saxophonist and composer exploring the range of possibilities of his instrument as well as his physical capabilities as a performer. In October 2018, his debut EP Adjust was released on Smalltown Supersound, featuring remixes from his friends Total Freedom and Lotic, as well as Rezzett and Deathprod.” Source
“Condor Gruppe is back with a new record, INTERPLANETARY TRAVELS. The title hinting at Sun Ra is no coincidence. Pushing their musical boundaries even further, Condor Gruppe recorded 8 new songs that give you the creepy feel of a horror soundtrack, the heroïsm of the best film scores and the hypnotising grooves of jungle tribes. Diverse, yet exciting and challenging enough to give you a mesmerizing trip through the band’s own dusty record shelves.