The accompanying information’s boast of “ultra-rare tracks” could have been a euphemism for “scraping the barrel”. But because of the apparently bottomless pit of 1970s Afro-funk still being found and dusted down – and because this is an Analog Africa release – you can be sure quality control has been maintained for this “Return to Ghana 1974-1983”.
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Friday 02 October 2009
Vocals - Kathleen Hanna
My teenage years were filled with the sound of Bikini Kill. I love Kathleen's voice. I would want her shouty shrieks and screams all over this band. Her politico-sexual female empowerment is just what this band needs.
Friday 04 September 2009
This second compilation of juicy morsels plucked from Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour is every bit as nourishing as the first, its 50 tracks ranging from 1927 ("Diamond Joe" by The Georgia Crackers) to 2004 (Jolie Holland's "Goodbye California"), and stylistically across the entire gamut of musical endeavour, except maybe heavy metal and heavy classical.
Wednesday 26 August 2009
Circus has come a long way since the days of sawdust and spandex. You don’t even need a big top anymore. Controlled Falling Project takes place inside the belly of an upside down purple cow, the three acrobats performing their extraordinary feats within thrilling touching distance - so close you can hear their breathing and count the beads of sweat.
Monday 27 July 2009
What are you wearing right now?
Friday 10 July 2009
Kinshasa, Zaire, in 1974, will always be remembered for the Rumble in the Jungle, but six weeks before the Ali-Foreman fight another epic was in progress – a three-night concert that brought together Southern Africa's top musicians and America's leading black R&B acts.
Thursday 09 July 2009
A tourist who killed a man with a banjo after he received unwanted sexual advances has been found guilty of manslaughter in New Zealand.
Sunday 21 December 2008
If these 14 tracks are representative of the 500 or so that had to be sifted through from this West African band's prolific output between 1970 and 1983, then let's have the boxed set pronto!
Nappy Brown: Gospel singer who switched to rhythm 'n' blues and influenced James Brown and Otis Redding
Thursday 25 September 2008
During their "A Bigger Bang" tour of 2005-07, the Rolling Stones often paid tribute to the late Ray Charles with a performance of "(Night Time Is) The Right Time". Though Charles is most commonly associated with the song, his 1958 version closely followed a 1957 recording of "The Right Time" by the gospel singer turned rhythm 'n' blues shouter Nappy Brown. "He had all my notes in there," Brown said. "He had everything. Everything, but one thing. I had men [doing backing vocals] behind mine. He had women [the Raelettes] behind his. But his was up-tempo. It became a big hit."
Friday 22 August 2008
During his relocation from Leeds to his new home and studio in Ibiza, Nightmares On Wax leader/producer opted to travel in a convoy of camper-vans carrying his equipment, sound engineer, band and singers, the caravan making stops to take in the sights and evoke moods and landscapes through impromptu recordings.
Sunday 10 August 2008
With many of the late James Brown's most famous recordings rendered almost unlistenable through overfamiliarity, the chance to check out his work producing other artists should provide access to undiscovered gems.
Thursday 17 July 2008
Wednesday 16 July 2008
A South Carolina judge says an auction of James Brown's belongings in New York can go forward as planned this week.
Thursday 10 July 2008
London Scottish have issued a warning to their National Three South promotion rivals with a double swoop for established Premiership pair Paul Volley and Ian Fullarton.
Friday 04 July 2008
Ian Siegal's live shows confirm him as the leading bluesman in Britain. Their sweaty catharsis is hinted at here.
Sunday 29 June 2008
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
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End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Elif Shafak: Turkish author warns against rise of British nationalism
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
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