This album is an interesting fusion of cultural and musical influences- beside the pervading Chinese-ness, both conceptual and tone-wise, it's got a dash of Fatima's haunting, whispered levantine melodies, and rhythmic elements showing an awareness of what's been going on in global bass music in recent years, most notably for this release in her extensive use of dembows (which also make an appearance on Slava's Comma Sutra for example), reflective of both the similarly-titled Dominican genre and the the rhythm's use in styles like Reggaeton, Kudoro, 3ball and Zouk Bass to name a few. Check 'Wudang', which is almost how I'd imagine Chinese grime (hah) by way of the club (albeit with an experimental edge). And what about that cover? It almost looks sourced from Disimages. Anyway, I'm excited.
Fire and passion don't even come close to describing what these musicians possess, whose only recorded work is presented here on this 18.6 minute record recorded by a certain Joseph Hellmer in 1950 and put out by Folkways. In a perfect world, I'd have a five disc box set of just these guys sitting next to me right now, but alas, they don't call it a vale of tears for nothin'
by Roberto Patelli, but also the quality of these recordings, played on period instruments by the Studio der Frühen Musik, directed by Thomas Binkley, and a host of other performers. These records have become collectors items, and are increasingly hard to find, even after being reissued on CD in Germany by EMI Classics. John Zorn is reported to have purchased a complete set of the ten box sets (this being the first) on LP. Fancy that. The Machaut disc has been lauded by many, and I am currently obsessed with the French compositions on the Johannes Ciconia disc.
1 Studio der Frühen Musik - Oswald von Wolkenstein: Monophone & Polyphone Lieder
2 Studio der Frühen Musik - Johannes Ciconia
3 Studio der Frühen Musik - Roman de Fauvel
4 Ricercare-Ensemble für Alte Musik, Zürich - Ludwig Senfl: Deutsche Lieder
5 Linde Consort - Thomas Morley: Altenglische Consortmusik
6 Studio der Frühen Musik - Machaut: Chansons, Vol 1
~ GROUND FAULT ~ Lionel Marchetti - Portrait d' un Glacier (1993), Eric La Casa - The Stones Of The Threshold (1999), Government Alpha - Sporadic Spectra (1999), Crawl Unit - Stop Listening (2000), Christian Renou - Fragments And Articulations (2002), Sickness - I Have Become The Disease That Made Me (2002)
The only thing more surprising than the hilarious cover on this one is how good the music actually is. As the story goes, Gelo was just another Cali gangsta who decided to record an album, and somehow got two sides of killer P-Funk beats to do his thing over. Released on the collectible SMG Solar Music Group label. Great stuff.
I don't usually do this, but after just one listen I was so enchanted by this album that I felt the need to post it immediately. Graeme Jefferies is a musician from New Zealand who recorded this album for Flying Nun in 1987, and boy is it good. Check it.