Saturday, 24 April 2010

Anthony Rother - Sex With the Machines (1997)

Anthony Rother - Simulationszeitalter (2000)

Anthony Rother - Art Is a Technology (2005)

Here are three great records by this musician/producer from Frankfurt, Germany.

Rother's electro sound ("Sex With the Machines", "Simulationszeitalter"...) is characterized by repetitive machine-like beats, robotic, vocoder-driven vocals, melancholy, futuristic mood and lyrics that often deal with the consequences of technological progress, the relationship between humans and machines, and the role of computers in society. (Taken from Wikipedia)

Friday, 16 April 2010

April Nine - Sandglass (1996)

"Sandglass" was the only album released by April Nine.
Great ambient/electronic record by this slovenian group that also appeared on the tribute to Kraftwerk, "Trans Slovenia Express", which I've posted earlier.
April Nine's sound was built around Katrin Radman's ethereal voice and the exoticism of it's compositions.
Hope you like it!

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Dead by Request - Fotheringay (Fairport Convention Cover)

A close friend of mine made his debut on YouTube with this kind of a "videoclip" to his cover version of Fairport Convention's "Fotheringay".
I'm sharing it so you can listen and comment it.
Hope you like it!

Monday, 5 April 2010

Smadj - Take it and Drive (2004)

This was Smadj's 4th album.
Very interesting material that will probably appeal to fans of Talvin Singh & Co.

Jean-Pierre Smadja (Smadj) Tunisian born, Parisian musician grew up listening to Oriental, Brazilian, funk, soul, and folk music.
Entering a jazz school at age 15 due to his intense interest in the guitar, Smadj's musical development came to be characterized by transforming traditional jazz styles into eclectic sounds.
This interest in the mechanics of making music led Smadj to pursue a degree in sound engineering, which led to a fruitful career as a recording & sound engineer for famous classical and folk musicians.
Releasing his first album in 1994, it wasnt until 2000 that Smadj became recognized on an international scale for his signature blending of acoustic and electronic sounds on Equilibriste, which would ascend on the European World Music Charts to the number 4 position.
In 2002, Smadj joined fellow ud magician, French musician Mehdi Haddab, for a special project that would transport the oud to the 21st century in DuOuD.
Supporting their triumph of an album with a 2 year world tour, the album also received 2nd place in the Best Album category at the prestigious BBC World Music Awards.
In 2003, Smadj joined master percussionist Burhan Öçal for the Kırklareli İl Sınırı and in 2005 he stepped behind the scenes to serve as artistic director for Burhan Öçal's New Dream.
He recorded his last album S.O.S released in december in turkey with 2 turkish virtuosos Savas Zurnaci and Orhan Osman. (Taken from Discogs)

Sheila Chandra - Nada Brahma (1985)

Lately, I've been revisiting a lot this record, which was Chandra's 3rd solo album.
Great voice, great record, great cover photo (if you know what I mean!).
So, here it is.
Hope you like it!