Susan Cadogan – Nice And Easy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HucNiALhqx0
One of Reggae’s criminally unsung, Susan Cadogan didn’t set the dance alight in Jamaica, but the UK loved her in the late 70s. This Lee Perry produced precursor to Lovers Rock is one of her best. You can’t find out loads about her on the internet but her back catalogue is worth delving into.
Anika – Finger Pies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUSm-nV4LJM
More deliberately obscure than Susan Cadogan, Anika is seemingly very relaxed about gargantuan gaps between records (although she has done a couple of Exploded View records in the decade between her debut and her latest, which this is from). I’d love to see Grace Jones cover one of Anika’s songs.
Jane Weaver – Mission Desire
Jane Weaver’s been knocking about in various guises for a while and is latterly getting the success she deserves which started to come with the Silver Globe album from which this is taken. Wrapping spectral, gossamer folk in a Germanic throb sounds far better than it looks written down.
Bob Goodsite - Faze 1
Never underestimate the psychedelic power of a good guitar wigout. As far as I know this is the flip to the only single old Bob did, which I discovered on a compilation called Brown Acid: The First Trip (Heavy Rock From The American Comedown Era) which is a heavily self-explanatory title…
Chrisma - Black Silk Stocking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DY-MYND-zg
Who can resist a bit of Italian New Wave? Not me, anyway. Hans Zimmer (who joined the band in the 80s) and Vangelis (who is involved in the production for this track) both had flirtations with Chrisma but you should look up founder Maurizio Arcieri if you fancy disappearing down a rabbit hole for a while.
Nabihah Iqbal – Eden Piece https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhz5neGMOtg
Nabihah Iqbal is one of those acts who I keep randomly encountering without knowing it’s her and then piecing it all together. She began as Throwing Shade but since she started using her own name the guitar and vocals have overtaken the electronics, but the lushness remains the same.
Lansiné Kouyaté / David Neerman - Kanga Dub
This is one of those records I don’t know much about except that I like it. Kouyaté plays a balafon which is a kind of African xylophone, while Neerman plays the vibraphone and the interplay between them undulates amazingly.
Kebekelektrik - War Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih40OWLrFqo
When he wrote this in 1977 Gino Soccio, who was part of Kebekelektrik with Pat Deserio, thought this was a filler track but legendary mixer Tom Moulton got hold of it and proved him very wrong.
Cat Stevens – Was Dog A Doughnut https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F19J9gqCSJk
This is one of those dicking about results in seminal classic type records. A throwaway afternoon of fun with a new ARP sequencer and timeless, deep reverence from the likes of Jellybean, Frankie Bones, and Carl Craig is yours.
Carl Finlow – Engines of Creation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efwgeAydpgc
I’ve always had very catholic taste but if you pressed me, I’d probably say electro is my favourite and there are very few people who at the genius level of Carl Finlow when it comes to electro. As an old friend of mine might have said “the interdimensional fractal mindgames of our robot overlords are flowing through his circuitry.”
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