sábado, setembro 29, 2007
Besides My Brightest Diamond, I also visited another memorable concert this week. Last Sunday I went to see Alèmayèhu eshèté. The famous star of the golden age of Ethiopian popmusic in the seventies came to town to celebrate the Ethiopian New Year (Enqutatash) which this year is also the turn of a new millennium. They have their own calendar which goes back to the Coptic age which means it’s running 8 years behind.
New Year is a time for family reunions, and visiting friends. A time for girls singing from door-to-door, home-brewed beer and honey wine, and big bowls of spicy chicken stew. I had some chicken stew and all sorts of other Ethiopian delicacies because the concert was preceded by a banquet. I was surprised to see that the food was accompanied by huge pancakes. It was a strange combination, spicy meat, cheese and vegetables with genuine pancakes. It tasted great though.
The concert was also great. Alèmayèhu is something like the Ethiopian Elvis or James Brown. His recordings are now widely available but this was not the case a couple of years ago. I can still remember the first time I heard his music on the Ethiopian Groove sampler on Munich Records. I already had an introduction to Ethiopian music and especially the language in general with the recordings of Mahmoud Ahmed on the Crammed Label in the eighties but it was still a chock to hear this utterly soulful and funky 70’s rare grooves coming from a this seemingly remote part of Africa.
Today we know that there isn’t a part of Africa that didn’t have or still has it’s own musical wonders of the world. And besides that, Ethiopian isn’t that a remote part of Africa. It’s one of the few African countries that kept it’s autonomy during colonization and has it’s own writing. I’m getting more and more intrigued by this amazing country and it’s culture.
If we look at the glocal popmusic of Ethiopia, the real wonder lies in the unique blend of local rhythms with Afro-American and Afro-Cuban styles. The local indigenous rhythms follow their own logic in favour of or against the groove. It sometimes set you literally on the wrong foot but the overall effect is essentially funky.
After all these years Alèmayèhu turns out to be still alive and kicking. A real showman and crowd-pleaser who didn’t have much problems to get the mainly Ethiopian audience dancing.
Interesting to note was the fact that his entire band consisted of whites only. Adventurous young European jazz musicians who knew the music from records and now had to change to learn all this stuff first hand. They did well. Alèmayèhu Eshete was really pleased with his band and so was the crowd. It still difficult today to get a band together in Ethiopia because there are hardly any musical instruments left after all those years of civil war.
Wallias Band – Muziqawi Silt intro to the concert
Tashamanalètch – Shèbèlé’s Band
Wèdèdku Afqèrkush – Shèbèlé’s Band
Tèmèlès feat. Hirut Bèqèlè
Eté HoyEté Hoy
Another wonderful thing was the introduction that day, before the concert, of a new joined Dutch/Flemish magazine on World Music called Beyond. I got myself a free copy which included a bonus CD. A second sampler with some recent music from various Worldbeat artist.
Gétachèw Mékurya, The Ex & Guests – Eywat Setenafgegagn
Shantel – Immigrant Child
Bob Brozman – Nóubliez Pas La Reunion
Sara Tavares – One Love
Yerba Buena feat. Orishas - La Candela (Prendela)
Conjunto Cristal – Praga (Mal Bisiña)
Nils Fischer & Timbazo – Ariñañara
Bassekou Kouyate – Ngoni Fola
Unidentified Singer from Qinghai – Sweet Voice Cuckoo
I experienced a highly anticipated concert last night. Trix in Antwerp was having it’s official kick start for their second season. It's a swell place, a small venue with cheap tickets and drinks and besides that strictly non smoking. The foreshadowed line-up of concerts is promising (see column) and so was the line-up for Friday’s concert. the entire evening was pretty relaxed, ideal for the end of the working week.
First was Soy Un Caballo, a band from Brussels. Nice people with a nice sound producing nice music. Sounds like Belle & Sebastian and a little bit like Stereolab because of the French tongue. They use guitars, vibraphones, and Wurlitzer. On their record Les Heures de Raison Will Oldham and The High Llamas join in for a duet but they were not there for the concert.
The understated, dreamy atmosphere of the music grows on you, so it takes a while before you start to get into it. Or maybe it was the liquor that did the final trick. By the way Caballo means horse.
After that came At The Close Of The Day a Dutch band. I’ve been a fan for a while now, but I never saw them live. I really don’t have much to say about it. They are one or the best band from Holland at this moment if you ask me but they don’t do anything new, which seems to be the case for most Dutch bands. I haven’t heard anything fresh and new from Holland lately. Anyway, they gave a great performance and a couple of new songs.
The actual star of the evening was Shara Worden better known as My Brightest Diamond. She used to do the backing vocals and some cheerleading in Sufjan Stevens' Illinoisemakers but she’s been touring solo for more than a year now to promote her debut album Bring Me The Workhorse from last year which was one of my favourites of 2006. Her music and especially her voice is magical. She fills the room, also with her wit and good humour. She can really capture the attention of an audience and bring it them to other places, which in this case is somewhere between Texas and the English Lake district.
What struck me the most was that she could really rock the guitar which is not that apparent on the record (Also some new song point out that the next album will maybe be more guitar oriented. I don’t know).
On the record she draws from various sources as Antony and The Johnsons, Jeff and Tim Buckley, Nina Simone to create a rather classical atmosphere. The rather unusual song structures and dark string melodies ad to this effect. But the mix of indie, folk and chamber music stays transparent to emphasize her beautiful trained voice. Also live did she have no problem to get across and on top of the instruments.
I fancy more of this. She has some older records apart from the last two but they’re hard to find, so I hope she releases a new album soon.
She ended the concert with a Nina Simone cover and Tango Youkali - which is one of my favourite Kurt Weill songs and tango’s - as a French encore to please the crowd of which there is a - badly lip-synched - youtube video from a concert this year in France.
segunda-feira, setembro 24, 2007
The story of the famous No Wave, Post-Punk and Mutated Disco label starts back in 1978 when Michael Zilkha, a wealthy heir to England's Mothercare retail empire, working in New York and of Lebanese descent, was keen on starting a record label that married punk with disco. He had purchased the publishing rights to a song called Disco Clone, a ditty by Ronald Melrose, a fellow Harvard student of his wife Cristina Monet.
When Michael bought Disco Clone, I said, That is, without doubt, the worst song I have ever heard, recalls Cristina. It is so bad that the only way you could record it would be as Brechtian pastiche. And Michael said, Do you want to give it a shot? And so it happened.Zilkha persuaded his wife to record a song under the name of Cristina called Disco Clone, an eccentric pastiche dance record which featured the uncredited Kevin Kline trying to seduce the breathy Cristina.
After that one, Zilkha started a recordlabel with Michel Esteban who was the French owner of the Paris punk shop Harry Cover (a pun on haricots verts) and the magazine Rock News. He had moved to New York with his partner Lizzy Mercier Descloux, to become part of the punk and emerging post-punk music scene. In 1977, Zilkha and Esteban were introduced to each other by John Cale who went on to produce the single. Pretty soon Disco Clone became the first release on the new ZE label (the Z from Zilkha and the E from Esteban) and the rest is history.
Disco Clone would go through several incarnations (as PC from Music From The Third Floor pointed out), prompting Blackwell to dub it Island's most expensive failure, but its charms didn't escape notice. Melody Maker called the record artfully dumb, anointing it Single of the Week.
Disco Clone #2
Thanks to PC, who was so kind to upload them for me, the two early versions from 1978 and the b-sides from the second re-release.
Disco Clone #1 (English version)
Disco Clone #1 (French version)
Disco Clone #2 (disco mix)
Disco Clone #2 (instrumental)
Ballad Of Immoral Manufacture (aka Disco Clone #3) (final and best version if you ask me, from Doll In The Box)
Disco Clone became a cult success and encouraged ZE to release a proper full-length album by Christina in 1980. She soon became the princess of ZE Records but she was destined for greatness even before she ever cut a record. She attended Harvard and London's Central School of Drama. While working as an apprentice theatre critic at the Village Voice, she met her future husband, fellow writer Michael Zilkha. She had a keen mind, biting wit, and a model's beauty. With her dramatic training, Cristina had no problem playing a disco bimbo with a proper detached decadent upper class disdain to colour the pastiche.
Cristina’s career barely lasted a half-decade, despite the initial success. Her legacy? Some brilliant singles, two albums and above all praise from the likes of Siouxsie Sioux, Blondie and Madonna.
Christina’s first album, Doll In The Box, was produced by Kid Creole and contained poker-faced covers of the Beatles' Drive My Car and Peggy Lee's Is That All There Is? (if I’m not mistaken this famous song is one of Randy Newman’s first jobs as an arranger).
Don't Be Greedy
Blame It On Disco
Drive My Car
Is That All There Is
Cristina's second album, Sleep It Off, was produced by Don Was and released in 1984 with a sleeve design by Jean-Paul Goude (a year before he used the same idea for Grace Jones). Again her lyrics dryly detailed a world of urban decadence, but the record flopped, and Cristina retired from the music industry.
What a Girl to Do Remix
Don't Mutilate My Mink
The producer of the first album was August Darnell (aka Kid Creole) who would turn the following years into one of the key figure in this spectacular outburst of extreme sounds filling the dancefloor. As singer, composer for his own Coconuts and arranger for a lot of the artists from the Label.
[Apparently some visitors are really reading this stuff here, because PC from Music From The Third Floor caught me making a few mistakes and assumptions about the Cristina kickoff of ZE and because he knows ‘a bit about the ZE label’ as he states, he was so kind to help me out on this with a few comments…
Disco Clone was in fact the first two releases on ZE. The initial one, while performed by Cristina (Monet), wasn't credited to her... the cover simply states 'Disco Clone' and 'Produced by John Cale'. It features an English and a French version of the song. There are different theories regarding who supplied the male narration on this release - it's not Kevin Kline, and many seem to think it was John Cale himself - I have it from a 1984 interview with Cristina however (published in The Face) that it was writer/socialite Anthony Haden-Guest.The second version is obviously more famous; backed by Chris Blackwell and Island Records it was re-recorded and re-released, now properly credited to Cristina, and this time featuring a pre-stardom Kline. Production was by Zilkha, Cristina and Bob Blank. Various different mixes exist; off the top of my head there's a 'Disco Mix', an instrumental version, and one retitled 'Ballad Of Immoral Manufacture' which turned up as the b-side on a later single.Cristina subsequently went on to make far superior records; her version of 'Is That All There Is', the Christmas song 'Things Fall Apart' and her second (and last) album 'Sleep It Off' are all brilliant.
The ZE Christmas album also exists in two versions; the first one was released in 1981, the second came the following year with a slightly altered track listing.]
Darnell began his career in the sixties and formed a band together with his half-brother. In 1974 they reformed under the name of Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band. This outfit gained them their first success, reaching gold and Top 40 status with song like Cherchez La Femme and Sunshower – one of my all time favourites – a song that M.I.A. covered for the first single of her debut album last year.
Subsequent releases could unfortunately not match this initial success. Darnell began producing for other artists before adopting the name Kid Creole and forming The Coconuts in 1980. He gathered a trio of female backing vocalist/dancers, including his wife Adriana Kaegi, and an ace band including vibraphone player Andy Hernandez aka Coati Mundi and legendary Jamaican drummer Winston Grennan.
Their first releases were heavily disco-influenced and critically well-received but not commercially successful. Darnell was recognized as a clever lyricist and astute composer, arranger and producer. Their first success was Coati Mundi's Me No Pop I, though not originally on one of the albums. It became a Top 40 hit single.
The real breakthrough came in 1982 with the classic threesome Stool Pigeon, Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy and I'm a Wonderful Thing, Baby. Next releases turned out to be relative commercial disappointments again, despite the single There's Something Wrong in Paradise reaching the Top 40.
Coati Mundi – Que Pasa, Me No Pop I
Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy
Kid Creole & The Coconuts – I'm A Wonderful Thing, Baby
Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Something Wrong in Paradise (Larry Levan Remix)
Also in that first year, Esteban’s partner Lizzy Mercier Descloux, a talented artist, made some recordings under the name of Rosa Yemen which were released on ZE Records as well.
Lizzy Mercier Descloux was self-taught as a guitarist, but revealed herself as a supreme minimalist, concentrating on spindly, single-note lines combined with wrong-note harmonies and funky rhythms.
The following year ZE released her solo debut Press Color. Although the record had poor sales, she toured the USA and Europe. Being the partner of the boss has some advantages offcourse but luckily for us, because she went on pioneering World Beat with great effect on her following albums.
ZE Records quickly became a hip label with artist like Alan Vega, Arto Lindsay, Aural Exciters, Michel Bassignani, James Chance + The Contortions or James White & the Blacks, Coati Mundi, Cristina, Don Armando's 2nd Av. Rhumba Band, Garçons, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Last Men, Lio [Lio wasn't part of the original ZE line-up. Her 80's output was however re-released by the label when Michel Esteban relaunched it in 2003. He initially co-produced her 1986 album 'Pop Model'], Lisi, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Caroline Loeb, Lydia Lunch, Marie & les Garçons, Mars, Bill Laswell’s Material, Miss OD, Optimo/Twitch, Ron Rogers, Suicide, The Rotations, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, Was (not was),…
Really a beautiful line-up. The music Z+E were listening to, at this point at which music, art, cinema, literature, and fashion were closely integrated, was a mixture of the New Wave of Talking Heads and Television, together with the disco-funk played in clubs like The Paradise Garage and Studio 54.
As a self declared leftfield funk/disco label, ZE Records set out an agenda to bring the sounds of the New York underground together with Disco from the Paradise Garage to create something totally new.
Disco music, in its early form, was a multicultural mix of sounds, styles and grooves aimed squarely at freeing one's mind so the ass could ostensibly follow. Far from dying off, it retreated back underground once the masses got tired of the Gibb bros., Travolta’s and brain-dead dance formula their night fevers had come to represent.
It’s in this atmosphere where, in spite of all the formula and tackiness, disco's hedonistic instincts on the dance floor attracted a certain bizarre crop of wily punk, no wave, and dedicated avant-garde artists.
The people at Ze Records knew that disco in the hands of Larry Levan, Arthur Russell, West End Records and Prelude was subtly dislocating the musical norm in as spectacular and adventurous ways as anything emerging in the, back then, more respectable Rock scene. Under the influence of punk and the DIY-attitude labels as factory and Rough Trade were building the foundations of New Wave on the remains of the flash of heat and anger that punk was. ZE Records was destined to bring this attitude to the dancefloor.
Every producer or record label needs a Christmas album. Phil Spector knew it and ZE Records knew it too. So in 1981 all the American artists on Ze came up with a special Christmas track. Cristina, with the two Was brothers, went to Detroit to record Things fall Apart, while David & Don Was recorded Christmas Time in Motor City with their own band Was (Not Was). August Darnell drew inspiration from New York for his Christmas in River Side Drive. Chris Butler composed a piece for his band The Waitresses entitled Christmas Wrapping, later covered by The Spice Girls.
Lisi – My Silent Night
The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
Charlelie Couture – Christmas Fever
August Darnell – Christmas On Riverside Drive
… à suivre, en plus de lalala.
quinta-feira, setembro 20, 2007
Every once in a while the internet provides us with some crazy surprises. Like people who give away brand new homemade records for free. Aleksi Vitra Meets Torsti at the Space Lounge is such an album which I downloaded a couple of years ago, totally free, from the Archive.org site.
I never gave it much of attention until this week. It turns out to be a very nice record with some fine Jazzy downtempo electronic dancemusic. Not outstanding but definitly worth listening.
If added here three track that I really like. You can still get the entire album for free and it looks like the Label Monotonik gives away more goodies for free.
More information here and here.
O Tema De Viagem Especial
quarta-feira, setembro 19, 2007
It’s always nice to see and hear these classics within the context of a story told by some of the key figures involved. I also got a chance to listen to Voodoo Ray again. What a great early track from A Guy Called Gerald. I almost forgot about it, what a shame!
There was also another fantastic classic in the documentary which sounded very familiar but I can’t remember the name of it or the artist. They didn’t mention it either. Very frustrating, so if anybody knows the title from that dark minimal track playing from 11'50'' until 12'17'', during those images of the Manchester skyline and high-rises at sunset/sunrise, please let me know.
Here’s (some of) the music…
163 Inner Life feat. Jocelyn Brown – Ain't No Mountain High Enough (Larry Levan's Garage Mix)
164 The Salsoul Orchestra – Ooh, I Love It (Love Break) (original Shep Pettibone 12' remix)
165 Marshall Jefferson – Move your body (Frankie Knuckles Anthem mix)
166 Farley 'jackmaster' Funk & Jesse Saunders – Love Can't Turn Around (1986)
167 Judy Street – What – Northern Soul
T-Coy – Carino
A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray
A Guy Called Gerald - Voodoo Ray (The Frankie Knuckles Paradise Ballroom mix)
And a statement…
terça-feira, setembro 18, 2007
Scritti Politti – Absolute
Scritti Politti – Absolute (12 inch)
Justin Timberlake vs Scritti Politti – Like I absolutely Love You
If you’re living in the States or Canada, check out spiralfrog for free legal downloads. I’m curious when we’ll get lucky.
I've seen seen both of them live but never together. Will these suckers ever release a new album again?
Metro Area myspace video – Dance Reaction
segunda-feira, setembro 17, 2007
Daniel Wang – All Flowers Must Fade – Milky Disco
Georges Vert – Electric Bird – Milky Disco
Kerrier District & Black Mustang – Mad As Hell – Milky Disco
Sorcerer – Surfing At Midnight – Milky Disco
In Flagranti & Black Devil – Coach Me Again and Again – Black Sunshine EP
Jimi Tenor – Outta Space – Innervisions
Autechre – Under BOAC – LP5
Autechre – Corc – LP5
Plaid – Seph – Not For Threes
Plaid feat. Björk – Lilith – Not For Threes
In the next couple of days I will be posting stuff from the ZE records label – best known for Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Coati Mundi and Was (not Was) – to document my current interest for New York’s 70’s and 80’s music scene. On the crossroad of musical styles from New York’s underground, ZE records produced milestones that made people think and dance - a rare combination - and helped to define Worldbeat, Minimal Music, No Wave and New Wave, Mutated Disco, Jazzpunk,…
ZE records also featured some of my favourite artists like Lizzy Mercier Descloux, an all-round self-taught artist who produced a couple of stunning records that were ahead of there time and as a result didn’t sell well but still have a powerful impact today.
domingo, setembro 16, 2007
Last night was wonderful. Delightful :-) No, seriously, Lindstrøm gave everyone a genuine space jam disco treat. No four on the floor this time. Definitely one of the best DJ sets this year but what a real shame that there was practically no one to witness it. The attendance was really slow. Was it the strange programming, countryrock and space disco? Or was it the fact that the club season started which resulted in an indigestion of choices? People who came for Lindstrøm, they were scratching the back of their heat at the curtain raisers Violent Husbands and Partchesz and the hootenanny lovers, well they went to bed at 3 o’clock. For me it was ideal. I’m a slow starter. The Violent Husbands turned out to be Violent Femmes lovers and Partchesz were living in Paris, Texas.
The Violent Husbands – De Boeren van Vroeger
The Violent Husbands – Shooting at the Natives
What a damn shame, but on the other hand, for once there was enough room on the dancefloor to move (to malphrase a famous Dutch football player: every wrong has its right). And boy, did I move! It doesn’t happen a lot that I’m left jumping for joy because I don’t know what to do with myself, not knowing what kind of move to do first to respond to the music because it’s just way to funky.
Lindstrøm – Limitations
Lindstrøm & Christabelle – Music (In My Mind)
Lindstrøm & Christabelle – Music (In My Mind) – Prins Thomas Remix
Lindstrøm – There’s A Drink In My Room And I Need A Hot Lady
Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas – Nummer Fire En
The best, or one of the best, DJ sets this year brings to mind the best concert I attended so far, this year. I had the luck to see Ornette Coleman play with his quintet at the Middelheim Jazz festival in my hometown. It’s not often that he swings over this way and considering his age, it was maybe the last opportunity to see this legend alive.
The quintet performed the new album Sound Grammar which is a live album with an unique 3bass setting. I already had the album but hearing it alive is a totally different experience altogether. they played those pieces far better, more adventurous and with more fire than on the live album. It was definitively no time wasted but quality time spend. I hope I can get a hold on the recordings the national television and radio made of the concert.
The Good Life
sábado, setembro 15, 2007
I’m not really in the mood for small talk now. The sun is shining at last, so I rather mind spending time outside and this evening it’s party time again. Just a quick one with some great music.
I’m currently using DivShare as a tryout. Free registration and they say these files will not expire. We will see.
Kyu Sakamoto – Sukiyaki (1963)
Evie Sands – Run Home To Your Mama
142 Sister Wynona Carr – God Is A Battle / Life is A Ballgame
143 Jon Lucien – Adoration
144 Jon Lucien – Maiden Voyage
145 Jon Lucien – The Ghetto Son Another great artist who past away this year. I always liked Lucien, especially his soulful rendition of Bossa.
146 Dexter Wansel – You Can Be What You Wanna Be
147 Taste of Honey – Boogie, Oogie, Oogie
148 Dorfmeister vs Madrid de los Austrias – Boogie No More (Reverso 68 remix) The original one and a remix of the cover version by Dorfmeister with some Spanish guys.
149 ESG – Moody (a new mood) I’ve been posting ESG before, but this is a better alternative version of Moody from an new compilation album.
A Patrick Cowley tribute. I’m in a disco spirit right now but I think I will go to Lindstøm tonight instead of Baldelli or Miss Kittin. There’s a nice mix of styles in Petrol tonight, some rock music and even country and Lindstrøm as the cherry to finish things off. I hope he’s playing his Breakfast in the Diskjokke remix which is still not for sale. I will post it when I get my hands on it.
Anyway, back to Cowley. Patrick Cowley sadly pasted away somewhere in the early eighties because of HIV. Just like Larry Levan, Arthur Russell,… Just a reminder what a disaster AIDS already was for the New York culture scene back in the eighties.
150 Patrick Cowley – Megatron Man
151 Patrick Cowley – I Need Somebody To Love Tonight
152 Patrick Cowley – Get A Little
153 Patrick Cowley – Menergy (original 12')
154 Patrick Cowley – Lift Off
155 Patrick Cowley – Mind Warp
156 Patrick Cowley – Right On Target
157 Patrick Cowley feat. Sylvester – Do Ya Wanna Funk (extended) (1982)
Patrick Cowley & Sylvester – Don't Stop (extended)
158 Loverde & Patrick Cowley – Die Hard Lover
and 3 of his most prolific and famous revamps.
159 Donna Summer – I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley remix)
160 Michele – Disco Dance (Patrick Cowley & Tom Moulton mix, west end 1978)
161 Tantra – The Hills Of Katmandu (Patrick Cowley mega-mix)
162 Oh Romeo – These Memories
Midnight Juggernauts – Shadows
Midnight Juggernauts – Into The Galaxy New electro band from… Australia, of all places.
Glass Candy - Computerlove Can’t wait for that Glass Candy album.
Simian Mobile Disco – Clock
Justice – Phantom Pt. II (Soulwax Nite Version) Even better than the real thing. Mind the break in the middle.
Infected Mushroom feat. Berry Sakharof – Statik Dancing Minimal Compact cover for the dancefloor, with one of the original band members.
Albert Hammond, Jr. – Holiday
sexta-feira, setembro 14, 2007
segunda-feira, setembro 03, 2007
The rest of it is more random stuff from the radio I'm recently listening to. The new Go! Team album sounds promising even though the first thing I hear is a coversong.
141 Chaka Khan feat. Mary J. Blige – Disrespectful
The Go! Team – Grip Like A Vice (Sonic Youth cover)
The Wombats – Kill The Director (CSS Remix)
The Wombats – Let's Dance To Joy Division
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Down Boy
The Teenagers – Homecoming
Pinback – Crutch
Spoon – Don’t You Evah
You might have noticed that my BOX files are down. That's because my account has reached full capacity. I’ve used all of my 20GB bandwidth for uploads and downloads. I’m using Zshare for a while now instead. I will try to get my BOX account working again because I also use it for sharing files for work. I probably need an upgrade but how long will that do?
Jens Lekman – And I Remember Every Kiss
Beanfield feat. Bajika – Tides (C's Movement #1 - Carl Craig Remix)
Rilo Kiley – Silver Lining Reminds me a bit of In My Life by The Beatles. One could do far worse.
domingo, setembro 02, 2007
I just got back from a business trip to Bulgaria - lecturing on traffic control - somewhere in the Rodopi Mountains, of all places. Nice country with some nice people and nice food but they should go more slowely on those Dairy products. I think I had enough cheese and eggs for years.
And to top that, I got back with a nasty flue - a present from my collegue who joint me - eventhough the weather overthere was really great. Almost 30°C and sunny. But spending a week in the same airconditioned room with a guy who sick, finally has it's results. I've spend 2 days in bed now, sick.
But I managed to get out of bed occasionally, to check my mails and to post some of the music I found on my old antique mp3-player I forgot about. I rarely use it and this was one of the occasions.
112 The Jungle Brothers – What U Waitin’ For
113 Thomas Dolby feat. George Clinton – May The Cube Be with You
114 Jay Dee aka J Dilla & The Brand New Heavies – Sometimes (Remix)
115 Joe Dukie and DJ Fitchie – Midnight Marauders
116 Money Mark – Information Contraband
117 Red Snapper – Hot Flush
118 Isley Brothers – Fight The Power
119 Arthur Russell – Arm Around You
120 Decept-A-Freak-On (Le Tigre vs. Missy Elliott)
121 Ellen McIllwaine – Higher Ground
122 Hugh Masekela – Mama (Metro Area's Birthday Dub)
123 Maceo & The Macks – Cross The Tracks
124 Joe Simon – Drowning In The Sea Of Love
125 Rick James – Give It To Me Baby
126 Ben E. King – Supernatural Thing
127 John Legend – Live It Up
128 The O’Jays – Backstabbers
129 The O’Jays – Family Reunion
130 Jill Scott – Family Reunion great song, but it really needed an update from a present day woman's point of view
131 Aretha Franklin – It Only Happens (When I Look At You)
132 Mos Def – Umi Says
133 Isaac Hayes – Joy
134 Brigth Engelberts And The B.E. Movement – Get Together
135 Opa – Brooklynville
136 Zillatron – Bugg Lite
137 Googie Rene Combo – Smokey Jo's La La
138 Lady Bug – Lady Bug (Larry Levan mix) I finally found that Levan mix back, it was still on my mp3 player.
139 Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators – If This Ain’t Love (Don’t Know What Is)
140 Soul Sonic Force – Play At Your Own Risk
Eagles of Death Metal – I only want You
Sufjan Stevens – All Good Naysayers, Speak Up! Or Forever
Linda Perhacs – If You Were My Man from an upcoming Daft Punk movie called Electroma