We've been talking about adding a flash button to help people preview mp3s on the blog for awhile now so through the magic of delicious tagplayer we're going to give it a go. Leave a comment if you run into any problems. While I'm at it I'll use this an excuse to post a random selection of some of my favorite tracks from this summer:
These first two tunes are some cracking african-inspired electronic tracks that might work well played alongside the likes of Konono 1. Nouveau Noise are two chaps from Dublin who mix live percussion and various string insturments with lots of programmed goodness. I'm not sure if they have a proper album out yet. Lukid is a guy out of London whose Onandon CD on werkdisks came out earlier in the year and is well worth checking out. He namechecks Can and J Dilla as influences which initially got my attention.
Recently I've been devouring everything I can get my hands on by Celestine Ukwu, a giant of Nigerian highlife music whose work is criminally out of print here in the US (save for the odd track or two on various highlife comps). I first heard Ukwu on a community radio station in DC awhile ago and after waiting what seemed like a really long time for a dj to announce the music, I ended up calling the station to figure out who was responsible for the sounds coming out of the speakers: very mellow (yet intense) percussion that at times sounded almost gamelan along with pedal steel guitars and saxophone. Ukwu's music is completely unique and essential.... someone really should give his albums a proper reissue. A full discography can be found here.
Charlie Alex March specializes in short, lush tracks replete with strings, vibraphones and other plunky things. He aptly covers Daniel Johnston's "True Love Will Find You" on his recent ep along with three instrumentals, one of which sounds quite a bit like Neko.
His music is out on a label called LOAF which I had never heard of but was surprised to find is an off shoot / sub-label of Jon Tye's excellent Lo Recordings. They have very nicely put up full length flash samples of all their tracks on their site which inevitably led to a long internet time sink (Note to other labels: this is a really good idea! Unless you prefer people turning to P2P and sharity blogs to hear what your music sounds like).
Other LOAFers worth checking out include Barbed and Batfinks who at times sounds like Ariel Pink channeling rave music (I mean this in a good way but I could see how it might make some people run for the exits)."Im Ylearning" covers a lot of ground in seven minutes... the last few minutes are great.