I’ve been stuck in the house for one reason or another during most of what has passed for ‘summer’ here in bonnie Scotland – hence the ridiculous level of purchasing going on. I really should learn to twiddle my fingers.
LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY – Revelation + Sipple Out Deh: The Black Ark Years Jamaican 7″s – something old and something new here, Perry’s new 2010 release, and a double cd collection of Black Ark material from the 1970s. Perry’s currently on an upswing, with several more than decent albums in the last few years. Long may this level of quality and productivity continue!
MUSLIMGAUZE – Syrinjia + Armsbazaar + Nadir Of Purdah + Hussein Mahmood Jeeb Tehar Gass + Uzi Mahmood + Sulaymaniyah – continuing my blast into Muslimgauze’s past. I probably have enough now.
Nope, it appears that I don’t…….
MUSLIMGAUZE – Lazhareem Ul Leper – archive series volume 15, fresh out on Staalplaat.
MOEBIUS & BEERBOHM – Strange Music + Double Cut – more Bureau B rereleases, and nothing spectacular here. The barrel is in danger of being scraped at this point.
HIGH FREQUENCY BANDWIDTH – Hell Fire And Brimstone – a deluxe tinned edition full of goodies from an Orb off-shoot, and there’s some cracking stuff with additional singers/rappers here. Encouraged me also to seek out….
THE ORB – Orbsessions Volume 1 + Orbsessions Volume 2 – Volume 3 proved to be a strong collection, so I finally bought into the earlier volumes – and I’m not disappointed. How could I have missed all of this stuff first time around – or was none of it ever released?
ON – Something That Has Form And Something That Does Not – entirely unremarkable. Let’s leave it at that.
NURSE WITH WOUND – Second Pirate Session – missed this on the special edition Rock’N’Roll Station release a good few years back, so great to have – one of the finest NWW recordings imho.
THE RESIDENTS – Voiceless Midnight – paid download from RSD. Shorn of the annoying voice artists, the Voice Of Midnight music get its chance to shine. I’d been hoping for an expanded physical release of this material, but with Ralph closing and the Residents seemingly about to take a different tack in selling their music, this download is probably as good as it’ll get.
THOMAS KONER – Nunatak/Teimo/Permafrost – triple cd ambient reissue. TBH, I can’t see what all the fuss is about here. Engaging enough, but nothing that I haven’t heard done better elsewhere.
COH – Z-Rated – beautifully packaged limited release ‘historical’ compilation.
STEVEN BROWN – El Informe Toledo OST – paid download of Steven’s wonderful music for a documentary on Mexican artist Francisco Toledo, a score that earned him a Mexican ‘Ariel’ nomination.
VARIOUS ARTISTS – 1960/2010 Africa 50 Years Of Music – gargantuan 18 cd boxed set and book. Where the hell to start with this? I haven’t as yet.