Wednesday, 5 October 2022

From Dundee To The Great Beyond

This post comes in two parts, one happy and one sad.

The first, happy part commemorates George's recent triumphant return to Dundee after an absence of ten years. To mark the event here are a couple of tunes from his fellow Dundonians Spare Snare. I doubt he would have seen them while he was visiting as I don't think they have left their bedrooms since 1995.

Both today's tracks come from their 1998 album "Animals And Me", which is currently available to download for a bargain £3 on Bandcamp (as are many of their other albums).

"We Are The Snare" - Spare Snare

"I Feel The Sun, And It's Mine" - Spare Snare 

On to the sad part. Loretta Lynn left us yesterday at the tender age of 90 and will be sorely missed. She really was a force of nature. RIP Ms Lynn.

There is a connection of sorts between the two events, in that when I first saw the title of Loretta Lynn's "Fist City" I assumed it told the tale of her own visit to Dundee. Turned out I was wrong.

Monday, 3 October 2022

Bread And Salt

Today I come bearing the first fruits of my visit to the Jugoton record shop in Skopje. If you are in town I would recommend a visit. You can find it on the third level of the GTC Shopping Centre which is a couple of minutes walk from Macedonia Square. Just look for something like this:

While I was in Macedonia many of the locals I spoke to told me that Leb i Sol (Bread and Salt) were the best band they ever had, so when I found a copy of their "Greatest Hits Collection 1978-89" I had to snap it up.

This compilation is tilted more towards their late 1980s period which is a shame because their music became progressively less interesting over time - and progressively less prog as well. 

Their first three albums from 1978-79 are described by the ProgArchives reviewer as "largely instrumental Macedonian ethno-jazz-fusion". By the late 1980s they were a bog-standard AOR outfit, at least judging by the tracks on this compilation.

Here is one track from their self-titled debut album and one from 1984's "Tangenta", which was produced by that notorious Macedonian maverick, the Skopje Svengali himself, Kevin Ayers.

"Devetka" - Leb i Sol

"Tako Blizu" - Leb i Sol

Friday, 30 September 2022

Do You Like Seoul Music?

Join me now on a journey through space and time. We are going back to South Kora in 1974, where a singer called Kim Jiyeon teamed up with a band called The Revival Cross to make an album. But when they handed it over to the record company the executives were evidently so alarmed by the weird and uncommercial nature of the music that they refused to release it.  

The album in question was "Losing My Mind" and it was finally released in 2018 by Korean reissue label Beatball Music. You can find it on their Bandcamp site along with many other intriguing releases that I plan to explore when I get the time. 

Listening to the album now it is hard to see why the old executives got so agitated. It is mildly funky in some  places and mildly psychedelic in others, but its not exactly avant garde. The selling point is Kim Jiyeon's great vocals, as showcased on today's selections.

"내 마음 흔들려 (Losing My Mind)" - Kim Jiyoen & The Revival Cross

"밤 12시 (12 O'Clock At Night)" - Kim Jiyoen & The Revival Cross

Speaking of losing your mind... 

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

My Kind Of Town

I got back from my little jaunt to North Macedonia on Monday night with a small selection of local CDs in tow. I have not had a chance to listen to them yet but you can be sure that some of them will be featuring here in the near future.

The reason for my visit was to perform at a conference on the banks of the beautiful Lake Ohrid, which is down in the south bordering Albania. I then spent a long weekend in the capital, Skopje. I was last there back in 2007 and there have been quite a lot of changes since.

Visually Skopje is one of the most weird and wonderful places I have been. Large parts of the city were flattened by an earthquake in 1963 and over the next 20 years it was redeveloped by a group of brutalist architects from Japan and all parts of Yugoslavia. So the city is awash with decaying concrete structures from the 1970s and 1980s.

Fast forward to the early 2010s and the Government of the day decided that in order to make Skopje a greater source of national pride they should erect a load of large buildings that were meant to look like they were built in the 1800s. Some do, but mostly they look like the modern knock-offs they are. Many of them are completely over the top, and they don't exactly fit seamlessly next to the brutalist bits.  

Then to top it all off they liberally sprinkled new statues in every park and square, on every street corner and on some of the new buildings that are pretending to be old buildings. They even went and built two new footbridges just to put more statues on. The whole place is mad but I loved it.

Here are a few holiday snaps of monstrous carbuncles for you - in order, the university, the central post office and the opera house - followed by a musical selection loosely inspired by the Skopje skyline.

"The Brutal Here And Now, Part 1" - The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock

"Concrete Reservation" - Syl Johnson

"Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect" - The Decemberists

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Double Durs

If I were to say to you "Dur Dur" would you think of the leading Somali funk band of the 1980s or the opening bars of the Pink Panther theme tune? If the former then you are in luck, as here are a couple of sizzlers from Somalia. 

The first is from an album released by Analog Africa titled "Volume 1" - you can find that combined with Volume 2 plus some bonus tracks on their Bandcamp page. 

The second is from "Rafaad iyo Raaxo", which was first released in 1986. I can't remember how or when I got hold of it and it doesn't seem to be readily available, but someone has uploaded the full album on YouTube. Apologies for the slightly ropey sound quality, I'm not sure whether that is the fault of my copy or the original.

"Yabaal" - Dur-Dur Band

"Muraadka Waa Helee" - Dur-Dur Band

And here is something for the rest of you.


I'm heading off in a few hours to the Republic of North Macedonia (as absolutely nobody calls it) - a couple of days work then a long weekend of fun. Hopefully I'll have better luck finding music than in Romania and Bulgaria. 

See you in a week or so. Until then, take it away King Ferus...

Monday, 19 September 2022

Strapping Lads

On Saturday I visited the Bishops Stortford branch of the Goggins family. While there I popped into Ecco, a shop supporting a local environmental conservation charity that always has something interesting in stock. I popped out again shortly after, having nabbed three CDs for the grand total of 50p.

Among those three was "Here We Go", a 1997 CD single by those boys in the Arab Strap. The B-side clocks in at just over 12 minutes, making it a perfect fit for a new and entirely original spot that I'm calling Monday's Lengthy Listen.

"Trippy" - Arab Strap

Today's videos are the answers to the little Austrian cover versions quiz I set you on Friday. Congratulations to George for correctly identifying them all. The Zappa track comes with a health warning.

Friday, 16 September 2022

Österreich Eggs

Knowing my interest in pop from around the world, the landlord of my local recently lent me Volumes 1 and 4 of a series called "Weltberühmt In Österreich: 50 Jahre Austropop". He normally has decent taste so I can only assume they were an unwanted gift.

The CDs came out in 2006 which means that according to the title there should be songs going back as far as the mid-50s. On Volumes 1 and 4 almost everything was from the 80s and 90s. There were three songs from the 70s but nothing before that. Maybe all the really old stuff is on Volumes 2 and 3. 

Maybe all the good stuff is on there as well because these two volumes are pretty dreadful apart from Falco and a couple of others you might know. Rather than subject you to anything that purports to be original here are three cover versions that were included. 

The first is a schlagered-up standard, the second is somewhat surprising and the third utterly inexplicable. There will be a prize of sorts for the first person to identify all three. 

"Gö, Du Bleibst Heut Nacht Bei Mir" - S.T.S.

"Meier" - Heli Deinboek

"Berti Braun" - Ostbahn-Kurti & Die Chefpartie

Here are a couple of original Austrian hits featured on the volumes that I endured. Well I say original, the tune for Peter Cornelius's verses is clearly a slowed down version of "Heroes and Villians". Minisex were a relative highlight.

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Mr Stewart Stops By

It has been a while since we have had a visit from the late great Gary Stewart, one of my all-time favourite singers. When it came to putting tears in your beer he's up there with George Jones and Merle Haggard, and he could put a fire in your belly too when he was in the mood. 

Here he is with a song about love gone bad, one about good love in hard times for balance, and then one more about love gone bad. Call it a bad love sandwich. 

"Ten Years Of This" - Gary Stewart

"Shady Streets" - Gary Stewart

Monday, 12 September 2022

Kingly Character

This time last week King Khayem of Dubhed shared an excellent home-made Sahel Sounds selection that featured King Ayisoba of Karaga in Ghana. It's obviously a King Thing.

Anyway, I was so enthused by discovering that others also admire King Ayisoba that I committed then and there to featuring a couple of tracks from his fabulous 2017 album "1000 Can Die" - still readily available on Bandcamp

And here they are, with a wide array of guest stars including luminaries such as M3nsa, Steven Anaho and some obscure newcomer called Perry.

"1000 Can Die (feat. M3nsa & Lee "Scratch" Perry)" - King Ayisoba

"Anka Yen Tu Kwai (feat. Atinbila & Steven Anaho)" - King Ayisoba

Saturday, 10 September 2022

Not Big In Bucharest

I set off to Romania on Tuesday hoping for more success in hunting down decent local music than I had when on holiday in neighbouring Bulgaria recently. Instead I had even less and have come back completely empty-handed.

I managed to track down two record shops during my morning off in Bucharest, although the first turned out to consist of a couple of racks of overpriced vinyl in the corner of a hipster coffee bar. 

The other one was a proper record shop that displayed its entire stock under the category "pop/rock international". I checked through it all anyway just in case a few Romanian albums had snuck in somehow, but they hadn't.

When I asked about local music I was directed to a cupboard at the back of the store that contained their complete Romanian collection. A grand total of 11 CDs most of which, judging by the covers, contained either divas or drinking songs. Possibly both.

There was one interesting looking CD but they wanted £20 for it, and when I saw it was on the Strut label I knew it would be readily available for a much lower price on Bandcamp. And so it proved. 

The album in question is "Lost Tapes", a 2013 collection of previously unreleased 1980s electronic music by one Rodion G.A. which defies my descriptive powers. You can find out more about him and pick up a copy via the Strut Bandcamp page.

Joining Rodion G.A. today are our old friends Phoenix (or Transylvanian Phoenix as they are called in some territories). I featured a track from their 1974 album "Mugur de Fluier" on the Romanian leg of our European tour a couple of years ago, and here is another one from the same LP.

"Caravane" - Rodion G.A.

"Pavel Chinezu, Leat 1479" - Phoenix

Monday, 5 September 2022

Big In Barranquilla

A real treat for you today - Elia y Elizabeth, sisters from Barranquilla in Colombia who made a couple of great albums in 1972 and 1973 with ace producer Jimmy Salcedo and then stopped recording to return to their studies. I love their sound, which mixes a bit of Latin and a bit of ye-ye with a mild sprinkling of psychedelia. 

The good folks at the Vampisoul label reissued both albums a few years back along with a compilation called "La Onda de Elia y Elizabeth" which is what I bought. All the albums are still available on Bandcamp, and the compilation in particular is an absolute snip at €9 to download.

"Descripción" - Elia y Elizabeth

"Pesadilla" - Elia y Elizabeth

I spent a night in Barranquilla back in the mid 1990s when my plane from Houston to Costa Rica was rerouted there because of fog. Apart from the airport, a B&B and the bar next door I didn't see much of the place so can't say whether it is worth a longer visit. As well as Elia y Elizabeth other musical locals include Shakira and the man they call El Rey de la Guaracha, Anibal Velásquez.


Speaking of foreign travel, I'm off to Romania tomorrow for a few days. Its a work trip but if all goes well I will have a few hours spare to scour Bucharest for sonic splendour. I'll be back at the end of the week, but until then here's Craiova's very own Gil Dobrica with a tune you might recognise.
 

Friday, 2 September 2022

Cup Half Full

This was meant to be a tale of two gigs - and not just any old gigs either - but turned into a tale of one. Still, better than none.

On Tuesday we were due to see the Abyssinians but on the morning of the show it got postponed for what is now the fifth time. Previously the reasons were lockdown, lockdown, international travel restrictions and the Home Office not getting their visas sorted in time (something that is happening to quite a lot of African and Caribbean artists - Black Uhuru recently had to cancel their UK gigs for the same reason). 

On this occasion the Abyssinians actually managed to get to London but then one of them came down with Covid. Let's hope it isn't severe and he recovers quickly. And fingers crossed it will be sixth time lucky.

Much better luck last night when my pal Mr Perfect (his real name) and I went to see the great Johnny Clarke at the Fox & Firkin public house in Lewisham. I've not been there before but will definitely be going back, its a nice little venue.

Mr Clarke was in excellent voice and was well backed by the Dub Asante band. Rather than attempt to describe the gig further I will just refer you to the video below which contains an entire concert by the same combination from 2019. Before you get there, though, here are two of the many highlights of last night's set.

"Move Outta Babylon" - Johnny Clarke

"Rock With Me Baby" - Johnny Clarke

Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Cambodia Comes Back

After the Phnom-Penh-omenal (did you see what I did there?) response to the Ros Sereysothea track in my previous post I thought you lovely people deserved another one. You are also getting a song from her male equivalent, the King of Khmer Music himself - Mr Sinn Sisamouth. 

Sadly both of them "disappeared" during the Khmer Rouge genocide of the mid 1970s, along with nearly two million others.

On a happier note, doing this follow up post means I can play the other 1980s hit with Cambodia in the title. Dead Kennedys vs Kim Wilde, that's a heavyweight battle to rival Nirvana I vs Nirvana 2.

"ទៅ Surprise ម្តង (Tow Surprise Mtong)" - Ros Sereysothea

"Dance a Go Go" - Sinn Sisamouth

Monday, 29 August 2022

A Mild Fever

On paper, Dengue Fever and what the blurb on their website calls their "trademark blend of sixties Cambodian pop and psychedelic rock" should be right up my street. However, when I listened to them back in the mid 2000s when the critical acclaim started they didn't really do much for me.

I found their 2008 album "Venus on Earth" going for 50p in a local charity shop recently and decided it was time for a reappraisal. Having listened to the album a couple of times I am still not convinced. It isn't a bad record, but compared to the original Sixties Cambodian pop it is just a bit timid and restrained.

Here is perhaps the wildest track on the album, alongside one by the Queen of the Cambodian scene Ros Sereysothea so you can compare them for yourselves.

"Laugh Track" - Dengue Fever

"Old Pot Still Cooks Good Rice" - Ros Sereysothea
  

Friday, 26 August 2022

Apologies All Round

According to Elton John, sorry seems to be the hardest word. I think that tells you a lot more about Mr. John than it does about the act of apologizing. Plenty of other musicians from all over the world seem to manage it, even those arrogant enough to refer to themselves in the third person.

"I'm Sorry" - Esther Phillips

"I'm Sorry" - The Steelers

"I'm So Sorry" - Carroll Thompson

"I Am Very Sorry" - Kamai Ahmed (featuring Noor Jehan)

"Very Sorry" - Elijah Madzikatire & Ocean City Band

"Keith Sykes Is Sorry" - Keith Sykes

Apologies are due from me as well. The service has been a bit irregular round here recently and is likely to continue that way for at least the couple of weeks - there's lots going on in the real world, both work and pleasure.

NEWS FLASH. Stung by the discovery that even raging egomaniacs like Keith Sykes and Ernie Goggins can say sorry, Elton John has decided to give it a go himself. Over to you Elton... 

 
Still some way to go. Watch and learn, Elton, watch and learn.

Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Back To The Belfry

Bonny Light Horseman's self-titled debut album was quite possibly my favourite album of 2020 - there or thereabouts anyway. Their follow-up, "Rolling Golden Holy", is due out in just over six weeks, which is causing great excitement here in the Goggins household. 

To tide us over until then we have a couple of tracks for you from Eric D. Johnson, one-third of BLH, in his Fruit Bats guise. There is one apiece from "Tripper" (2011) and "Gold Past Life" (2019). Both can be found on his/their Bandcamp site along with many other fine things.

In other news, starting later this week Mr Johnson as Fruit Bats is in the UK playing in Glasgow, Bristol, Leeds and London as well as a couple of festivals. Unfortunately I'm double booked the night he's in London so won't make it, but get along if you can.

"You're Too Weird" - Fruit Bats

"Mandy from Mohawk (Wherever You May Be)" - Fruit Bats

And here's a 20 minute set from 2016 for you.

Sunday, 21 August 2022

Single Song Sunday

It is Single Song Sunday again, and this time round we're featuring the soul standard "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right". It is a title that sometimes appears without the brackets, sometimes without the "I Don't Want To Be Right" and, on at least one occasion, in Swedish.

We kick things off with the original by Luther Ingram, which made it all the way to No. 3 in the Billboard charts and topped the R&B charts 50 years ago last month. 

We follow Luther with a couple more soul versions, from Bobby "Blue" Bland in 1973 and Millie Jackson in 1974. Millie has an 11 minute version of the song on her album "Caught Up" but on the CD and digital versions of the album they split it into three separate tracks, which is why you're getting the single edit. There is a live version in the videos though that closely resembles the full-length original.

Next up are a couple of countrified covers. Barbara Mandrell's version went to No. 1 in the country charts in 1979 but O'B. McClinton's is the twangier of the two. Some of you may be familiar with it from the "Dirty Laundry" compilation series.

We rattle through a Christian rap remake by The Artist Partially Known As Gammage and a Swedish version by a former Eurovision runner up before finishing things off with an excellent Mandatory Reggae Version by George Faith, possibly the premier reggae interpreter of 1970s soul standards.

"(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right" - Luther Ingram

"If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right" - Bobby "Blue" Bland

"(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right" - Millie Jackson

"(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right" - Barbara Mandrell

"If Loving You Is Wrong" - O.B. McClinton

"If Loving You Is Wrong" - Gammage aka Mr.Wut Can I Do For Ya?

"Om Det Ar Fel Att Alska Dej" - Svante Thuresson

"If Loving You Is Wrong" - George Faith

Of the recorded versions I know I would put Luther, Millie and George at the top of the pile in no particular order - but the live version by David Ruffin in the last video is right up there with them.     

Friday, 19 August 2022

Swedes Ahoy!

Today's post features some music from Sweden - more specifically, from a 4CD box set titled "The Essence of Swedish Progressive Music 1967-79". 

It is dedicated jointly to everybody's favourite non-Swedish Swede and to George, possibly the only reader whose eyes might light up on seeing the words "progressive music". To the rest of you, don't be afraid. These are among the least proggy tracks on the compilation.

"Illusionen Av En Färdigskolad Akademikar" - Midsommar

"Slavsång" - Pugh & Nature

Although the box set is billed as including music from 1967 to 1979 the earliest track actually dates from 1966. In the same year this lovely couple represented Sweden at Eurovision and finished as runners up. You will be encountering the gentleman again on Sunday.

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Unloved Virgin

Personally I have nothing but admiration for Richard Branson and the Virgin Group. Their products and services are always reliable, excellent quality and reasonably priced while Sir Richard himself is a shy, retiring entrepreneur who seeks only to make the world a better place. And his decision to sue the NHS in a fit of pique because Virgin Care didn't win a contract a few years ago is one that I am sure all right-minded people would support. 

Unfortunately there appear to be a few Moaning Minnies out there with what I have no doubt are ill-founded gripes against his record company. Shame on them. 

"Virgin" - Prince Far I

"Ain't Gonna Suck Itself" - Cracker

Monday, 15 August 2022

Hooray For Lollywood

Something rather splendid for you today - a couple of tracks from "The Sound Of Wonder!", a compilation of songs from 1970s Pakistani films that was released on Finders Keepers in 2008. I recently found it in a second-hand record shop and kept it, as subliminally instructed. It is as wacky as it is wonderful.

Both of today's selections feature the delightful vocals of Nahid Akhtar, also known as the Nightingale of Pakistan. She was the leading playback singer in Lollywood (Lahore + Hollywood) from the mid-70s to mid-80s and her singing can be heard in over 400 films from that era.   

"Life Hai Kuch Dinon Ki" - M.Ashraf (featuring Nahid Akhtar)

"Society Girl" - Nazir Ali (featuring Nahid Akhtar)

To go with the sound of wonder we provide you with a sense of wonder, and then the Wonder himself.

Friday, 12 August 2022

Cliff On Edge

A bit of modern honky-tonk for you today. Some nice person out there in Promoland sent me a copy of Cliff Westfall's "Baby You Win" album when it came out back in 2018. I remember listening to and liking it at the time but for some reason I never gave it a plug. Having rediscovered it at the weekend I am putting that right now.

Cliff is Kentucky born but New York based and as far as I can establish "Baby You Win" is his only release. You can pick up a copy on Bandcamp for $10 and I think you should. Unlike the protagonists of many of his songs, you won't have anything to feel sorry about if you do.

"Till The Right One Comes Along" - Cliff Westfall

"The Man I Used To Be" - Cliff Westfall

In the interests of balance other Cliffs are also available.

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Lamont Dozier RIP

The writer and producer of some of the greatest pop records the world has ever known left us yesterday. I could drone on about how great the songs that Lamont Dozier wrote by himself or with the Holland brothers were, but far better to let them speak for themselves.

RIP Mr Dozier. Thank you for the dreams.

"Thank You For The Dream" - Lamont Dozier

"Can't Get Off Till The Feeling Stops" - Lamont Dozier

Monday, 8 August 2022

Rise And Shine With Roscoe

We'll start the week with some snap, crackle and soul courtesy of the late Roscoe Shelton, who left us twenty years ago last month.

Roscoe started his career with the Fairfield Four in the mid to late 1950s before releasing his first solo record in 1960. He packed it in at the end of that decade before making a bit of a comeback in the mid 1990s, one that was sadly cut short by his death from cancer at the age of 70.  

"Mastermind" - Roscoe Shelton

"I Want To Keep You (If You Want To Stay)" - Roscoe Shelton

Here is Roscoe in a 1966 edition of The !!!! Beat singing "Money" and his minor hit "Easy Going Fellow". He arrives 13 minutes in but if you show a bit of patience you can enjoy the likes of Esther Phillips, Etta James and Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown while you wait.  

Saturday, 6 August 2022

Some Vulgar Bulgars

I'm back from my hols in Bulgaria. Originally we were going to spend a few days in Plovdiv then head to the Black Sea coast, but then WizzAir cancelled the flights from Burgas back to London so we went on to Sofia instead.

I had a good time and can recommend the Old Town in Plovdiv, the Rila Monastery and the Museum of Socialist Art in Sofia as worth a visit if you are in the area. In the highly unlikely event that you are interested in my holiday snaps you can find them here.

It was a less successful trip when it came to finding local music. There are a few record shops but they don't seem to stock much local stuff, and those CDs that they do have are fairly pricy for what is basically a complete stab in the dark. I picked up three though.

The pick of the bunch by some distance is a compilation of previously unavailable recordings made between 1979 and 1995 by Novi Tsvetya (New Flowers), one of the first Bulgarian punk bands. The sound quality is pretty ropey at times but there is plenty to enjoy.

To quote the sleeve notes "The band was made of a bunch of kids that heard some punk stuff on the Yugoslavian radio and decided to become punks... back in 1979. They made their own instruments and recorded demos in their summer kitchen using a simple reel to reel recorder". And it shows on the earlier recordings on the album.

Next up is Monolith. Formed in 1991 they have been described as "one of the few Bulgarian bands that successfully combine blues music, rock and roll, and art-rock". In their pomp that may have been true, but by the time they released the self-titled 2019 album that I acquired they were a bog-standard blues rock band. Not unpleasant but nothing special.

Finally there is Nina Nikolina & Kalin Velov, whose 2018 album "Absinthe" was misleadingly described to me as "ethno" by the woman in the record shop. It is actually dreadful Latin lounge and this is the only half-decent track.

I will try to do better on my work trips to Bucharest and Macedonia next month.

"Патриот (Patriot)" - Novi Tsvetya

"Ostni Spira" - Monolith

"Всичко е игра (It's All A Game)" - Nina Nikolina & Kalin Velov

Now this is more like it...

Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Holiday Time

Rail strikes and airport chaos permitting I'll be off on holiday tomorrow, getting back at the tail end of next week.

Well I say holiday, but actually I am leaving to escape the abuse I have been receiving from misguided individuals who think I am in some way affiliated with Liz Truss, ever since The Observer revealed on Sunday that she believes she surfs the zeitgeist. An implausible claim, as her failure to choose any Uzbek dub for Desert Island Discs shows.

Even before this happened I had learnt to keep my holiday plans under wraps to avoid being pestered by fans. Fans of other people mostly. At various points on my travels I have been wrongly accused of being Mr Bean, Christopher Biggins - its hard to imagine how anyone could look like both of them but there you go - the former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and a German celebrity who was unknown to me.

So rather than sharing some songs that might give you a clue as to my destination here is an entirely random (insert wink emoji) list of tunes about places I am not going to. 

If you are wondering about where some of these places are: I assume Unq Village is in Mongolia because that's where The Colors come from, but I can't be sure; Gauteng is a province in South Africa; and while you will know where Angola is you may not know that its praises are being sung by a band from Niger. 

"Baltimore" - The Tamlins

"Unq Village" - The Colors

"Loch Lomond" - The Rockets

"Gauteng" - Mpharanyana

"Angola" - Azna De L'Ader

"Rockaway Beach" - General Johnson & Joey Ramone

"Indian Ocean" - Frazey Ford

"Adelaide" - John Cale

Stay well, see you soon. Take it away lads...

 

Sunday, 24 July 2022

Single Song Sunday

As so often seems to be the case these days, today's post was prompted by that Charity Chic. A while back he posted a couple of live tracks by Fairport Convention recorded at their annual Cropredy Fesrival, which got me reminiscing about the times I attended back in the 1990s. 

One moment that I will always treasure was at the 1995 festival when Fairport were joined on stage by Richard Thompson, Roy Wood and the brass section and backing vocalists from Roy's all-female Big Band to belt out "I Heard It Through The Grapevine".

I set off to find evidence of its existence and to my surprise discovered it was officially released on their 1997 album "Who Knows Where The Time Goes", which comprised new studio material plus this and a live version of the title track. I eventually managed to track down a copy of the album via eBay and, having done so, decided to celebrate with a Single Song Sunday.

All of which explains why we are kicking off with the Fairport version rather than Gladys Knight's original. Gladys took the song to No 2 in the Billboard Charts in 1967 and it became Motown's highest-selling single up to that point, a position it held for 12 months until knocked off its perch by Marvin Gaye's version during the course of its seven weeks at No 1.

You might want to take a deep breath before tackling the next two as they clock in at a combined total of over 23 minutes, Creedence's 11 minute extended choogle being outdone in length by The Bar-Kays who had evidently seen Isaac Hayes' success with "Walk On By" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and thought "we'll have a bit of that".

The long songs are followed by Andre Williams' brief palate cleanser, notable for having no obvious signs of Andre on it, before we round things off with the magnificently ramshackle Slits and the Mandatory Reggae Version courtesy of Toots and the lads.

"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - Fairport Convention (featuring Richard Thompson and Roy Wood's Big Band)

"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - Gladys Knight & The Pips

"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - Marvin Gaye

"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - Creedence Clearwater Revival

"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - The Bar-Kays

"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - Andre Williams

"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - The Slits

"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - Toots & The Maytals

Today's videos go in the following order: sublime, sublimer, sublimest, ridiculous.

Friday, 22 July 2022

Cheri On The Top

A bit of 90s Americana for you today courtesy of Cheri Knight and her album "The Northeast Kingdom". Released in 1998 it was her second and to date last album. Apparently she is a full-time flower farmer now (no, that isn't a euphemism).

The album was produced by The Twangtrust a.k.a. Steve Earle and Ray Kennedy. Steve was also in the band (that is him playing the harmonium on "Dar Glasgow") and they roped in a few of their mates like Emmylou Harris and Tammy Rogers to help out as well. 

All in all it is an excellent album and worth getting hold of if you can find a reasonably priced copy (which is not as easy as you might hope).

"Dar Glasgow" - Cheri Knight

"Sweetheart" - Cheri Knight

There is a track on the album called "Dead Man's Curve" - disappointingly not a twangy version of the Jan & Dean classic. I tried to find a decent quality video of Jan & Dean for you but there are only grainy muffled ones from 1980s reunion tours available on YouTube, so you are getting Nash The Slash instead.

Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Mister Joe

For the last few weeks we've been going back to our roots and revisiting the Tsonga Disco scene. Today is the last instalment so it is fitting that it features the man known (although possibly just to me) as the Shangaan Svengali.

Joe's main contribution to the Tsonga scene has been as a producer. He discovered Penny Penny, who in Kris Kristofferson style was working as a janitor in his production studio, and later on Benny Mayengani (before Benny got too big for his boots). He has worked frequently with the likes of General Muzka, the Queen of Tsonga Disco Esta M, and many more. 

As well as being a producer Joe has made some great records in his own right over the last 30 years and is still going strong I'm glad to say. Here are just a couple of the many tracks I could have chosen.

"Se Nivuyile" - Joe Shirimani

"Zulu Nghwane" - Joe Shirimani Na Vana Va Ndoda

Monday, 18 July 2022

Jones Alone 2

Welcome to the second and final part of our brief series of songs about people called Jones. Does something that only has two parts qualify as a series at all? I'm not sure.

Anyhoo. Casey has been knighted since last week's instalment. Clarissa and Geraldine are two very different women. Brian you know about. And before you ask about Kelly Willis - yes it is. 

"Sir Casey Jones" - The Eighteenth Day of May

"Clarissa Jones" - Tom Paxton

"Geraldine Jones" - Soul Encyclopedia

"Me And Mr Jones" - Kelly Willis

"Just Like Brian Jones" - 17 Pygmies

Friday, 15 July 2022

Bring Back The Birch

Last Friday evening I was crammed into a tiny piano bar near Smithfield market with 50-60 others to witness the return to live action after the lockdowns of Diane Birch. 

Diane's debut album "Bible Belt" was a big favourite here in the Goggins household when it first came out way back in 2009, and I have done my best to follow her career since. This was the first time I have seen her live though. 

The first half of the set was just Diane on the piano playing some of her older material. As good as that was, the show went up a gear when she was joined by her guitarist Paul Stacey to treat us to a selection of songs from her upcoming album (which he also produced). For one reason or another the album has been upcoming for a few years now - most of the tracks were recorded pre-pandemic - but it is allegedly imminent.

I really like the new songs which have what I would describe - badly - as having a sort of Laura Nyro meets Stevie Nicks feel. Some of them like "Boys On Canvas" and "Wind Machine" have already been released in digital only form over the last couple of years and I would encourage you to check them out. 

Before that, though, here is one from "Bible Belt" and the title track of her 2013 album "Speak A Little Louder". And because I'm in a good mood you are also getting a track from 1981 that features on vocals my other favourite musical Birch, Gina (Raincoats et al). You lucky people.

"Fire Escape" - Diane Birch

"Speak A Little Louder" - Diane Birch

"An Old Man's Dream" - The Red Crayola with Art & Language

Here's Diane a few years back covering The Sisters of Mercy - as you do - followed by a video directed by Gina.

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

General Knowledge

We've been having a bit of a trip down Tsonga Memory Lane lately. It has been prompted by the fact that the great Penny Penny will be playing a gig in London early next month - tickets still available at time of going to press.  

Today we feature a gentleman who started out in the early 1990s when he was one of many who were inspired by Papa Penny - General Muzka. Eventually he became a Shangaan star in his own right and even made an album with his hero, the excellent "The King And The General". 

The General is still going strong and has now released over 20 albums as well as producing and championing the next generation of Tsonga talent in South Africa and Mozambique. We salute him.  

"Xisiwana" - General Muzka

"Sekeleka Uni Masadya" - General Muzka

And remember, eggs are magic!

Monday, 11 July 2022

Jones Alone

That Charity Chic fellow is the king of series. He always has one or two of them on the go. One can only admire the level of organisation and commitment required to do that. I certainly can't manage it.

Anyway last Monday CC called time on a series that has been running since before the dawn of time, or possibly earlier, one which featured musical Joneses. I have found I am suffering from Jones withdrawal symptoms, and I suspect others may be too. So I have decided to step into the breech.

There is a twist though. While CC's series featured songs by people called Jones, I am going to be featuring songs about people called Jones. There are an awful lot of them - I found over 20 in my collection without having to look particularly hard. A fair few have appeared on these pages previously.

The other difference is that, unlike CC, I'm not going to try to keep this up for any length of time. You are getting Part 1 today and Part 2 next Monday, but that's all.

"Casey Jones" - Grateful Dead

"Willie And Laura Mae Jones" - Tony Joe White

"Will Bill Jones" - J.P. Harris

"John Jones" - Rudy Mills

"George Jones, Jack Daniels And Me" - Webb Foley

PS Since posting this I have spotted that the Vinyl Villian has had a very similar thought today, so if you pop over there you can get an mp3 to go with one of these videos. 

Friday, 8 July 2022

Two From The Bush

You young people will remember Bush Tetras from the New York funky-post-punk scene of the early 1980s and starring the likes of Cynthia Sley on vocals and Pat Place (widely rumoured to be the love child of Peyton Place and Pat Pending) on guitar. 

They are apparently still going on and off but we are heading back to their heyday with a couple of their best known tunes. Even if you are physically unable to be funky they will make you want to strut your funkless stuff.

"Too Many Creeps" - Bush Tetras

"Can't Be Funky" - Bush Tetras

Wednesday, 6 July 2022

King Paul The First

So far in our Tsonga Disco revival run we've taken a fairly laissez faire approach to the royal lineage. We've covered Peta Teanet, Penny Penny and Benny Mayengani but there are a couple of Tsonga Disco kings who are missing. 

One is General Muzka, who slots in between Penny and Benny and who we will feature next week. The other is the man who arguably founded the line, Paul 'Sailor Man' Ndlovu. It is Paul's turn today.

Paul paid his dues in groups like The Street Kids and The Movers in the late 1970s and early 1980s but it was only when he went solo in 1985 and teamed up with producer Peter 'Hitman' Moticoe that he really hit it big. 

His debut single "Khombora Mina" ("My Disappointment") was a massive smash, and is generally regarded as the first time that traditional Tsonga and pop sounds were brought together on record.  

Sadly, like Peta Teanet after him, Paul's reign was glorious but brief. He died in a car crash in late 1986, barely 18 months after "Khombora Mina" was released. His legacy lives on though.

"Hita Famba Moyeni" - Paul Ndlovu

"Mokon'wana" - Paul Ndlovu

Slightly to my surprise I managed to find a video of Paul on YouTube. Apologies for the ropey quality. As a bonus we've bunged in another Paul N who sometimes hung out with sailor men.    

Monday, 4 July 2022

From Addis And Akwa Ibom

Some funky African sounds to start the week. The two tracks are not connected other than by the fact I picked both of them up on Bandcamp last week.

We start with Asnake Gebreyes, who was big on the Ethiopian scene back in the 1980s. Hear a blast of "Weyene Ajir" from his 1988 album "Ahadu" and you will immediately understand why. "Ahadu" can be found on the Ethiopiques label Bandcamp page, while elsewhere on the site you can find a recent reissue of his "Ethiopia Wedet Neshe" album. 

Etuk Ubong is a Nigerian trumpeter and bandleader born in Akwa Ibom State but now based in Lagos. I first came across his name when looking at the line-up for the Sines World Music Festival, which is taking place down the road from George at the end of the month. You can check him out here. Some of his stuff is a bit jazzy for my tastes, but this track from 2018 is a corker. 

"Weyene Ajir" - Asnake Gebreyes

"Black Debtors" - Etuk Ubong

Friday, 1 July 2022

Reminiscing With Mr Rowan

My first duty today is to tip you off about Peter Rowan's latest album "Calling You From My Mountain" which came out last week. The Great Man is in fine form and you certainly would not think listening to it that he's going to turn 80 next Monday. You can pick it up from his Bandcamp site and all outlets with taste. 

Mr Rowan has had a remarkable career dating back to the 1960s when he was one of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, through his psychedelic and West Coast pothead phases (his "Free Mexican Airforce" was considered a standard in my student days), turning up on an Art of Noise album in the 1980s and then wending his way back to bluegrass. 

I have been lucky enough to see him live a few times over the years, the first and most memorable occasion being at the Cambridge Folk Festival way back in 1983. There was quite a stellar line-up that year (which was also the year that me and Johnny "Conical" Field made the misguided decision to do a turn in the Singers' Tent, about which the less said the better).

Here are just a few of the many artists who were at Cambridge in 1983, plus a video of Mr Rowan performing the title song from the new album. I hope you enjoy the trip down Memory Lane as much as I did.

"Midnite Moonlite" - Peter Rowan

"Midnight Rail" - Steve Young

"Jaya Shiva Shankarah" - John Fahey

"Viva Seguin" - Flaco Jimenez

"Le Bas 2 Step" - Queen Ida & Her Zydeco Band

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Peta's Picks

This week's blast from the past Tsonga Disco sounds come from the late, great Peta Teanet. 

Peta was both King of the Hill and Cock of the Walk on the Tsonga (also known as Shangaan) scene from his arrival in the late 1980s until his tragically early death in 1996, shot by a policeman during an argument. He was only 30.

Peta spiced up his disco with a bit of the bubblegum pop that was so popular in South Africa at the time, which perhaps gave him a bit more crossover appeal than some of his contemporaries, but did so without sacrificing the sheer Shangaanosity of his sound (that is a real word, I looked it up).

"Xizambani" - Peta Teanet

"Majambuza" - Peta Teanet 

Monday, 27 June 2022

Sight Unheard

I have rather a lot going on in what laughably passes for real life at the moment, and as a result I have let some things slide. 

One of those things is the task is whittling down the pile of CDs that I have bought but not got round to listening to. Having nearly eliminated it at one point, it has now crept up to 20+ again.

So I am enlisting your help. Among the pile are two albums by acts that I had never heard of before but which I thought were worth taking a punt on as two-thirds of a '3 for £1' offer. I have picked a track from each of them at random, without having listened to either, and I am relying on you to let me know if they are any good.

The two albums in question are "Masri Mokkassar: Definitive Works" by Mutamassik, a compilation of tracks recorded between 1996 and 2004, and the self-titled album from 2010 by Drunken Balordi. Now over to you.

"High Alert A'ala Teta" - Mutamassik

"Matilda" - Drunken Balordi

I couldn't find any Mutamassik videos on YouTube, but here is the first Drunken Balordi video that cropped up. Not watched it, obviously. 

Friday, 24 June 2022

Know When To Oldham

I have to be brisk and business-like today. Things to do, people to see, you know how it is.

Here is one song each from two of the Oldham brothers, William and Nedworth. Despite concealing their identities behind silly pseudonyms you can still detect the family resemblance. 

As an extra treat I've added something by good old Uncle Spooner.

"Madeleine-Mary" - Bonnie "Prince" Billy

"Follow The Bangalory Man" - Old Calf

"The Lord Loves A Rolling Stone" - Spooner Oldham

Instead of our usual music video, here's a fantastic clip about efforts to promote tourism in the town of Oldham from 1976, worth watching for the wallpaper in the council offices alone.

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

From Penny To Benny

Welcome to the second in our brief series reviving this blog's original mission to bring Tsonga Disco to the masses.

But first a public service announcement. My celebrity pal Ruth from Kill The Sirens has alerted me to the fact that they are playing at an all-dayer at the Dublin Castle in Camden (or Cmdn as it is apparently now called) this Sunday. Details are on the flyer below. 

14 bands for £10 is a bargain however you look at it. Unfortunately I can't make it but if you're free you should pop along and let me know how it goes. Kill The Sirens are due on about 5.45pm.

Now back to the disco. Last time out we featured the great king Penny Penny, who will be performing in London in early August. I will be there and tickets are still available. 

This time round it is Benny Mayengani, who burst onto the scene with "Tiba Ben" in 2011 and has been a leading light in the Tsonga scene ever since. 

He can be a bit of a bumptious Benny by all accounts but he knows how to bang out a tune, as these selections from 2016's intriguingly named "Vitanani Fire Brigade" album demonstrate. 

"Go Benny Go" - Benny Mayengani (featuring Prince Rhangani)

"Maphalle" - Benny Mayengani

All together now: "Vitanani Fire Brigade, get the fire brigade, see the buildings start to really burn".

Monday, 20 June 2022

Bargain Hunt

I was browsing on Bandcamp the other day and came across a bargain which I thought I should alert you all to as a public service.

Strand of Oaks (or Timothy Showalter as he is known to his Mum) is one of those artists whose music I like when I happen to hear it but who I have never got round to digging into more deeply. I have a copy of his 2019 album "Eraserland", but that was it.

But no more. On his Bandcamp page you can find the official version of his 2010 album "Pope Kildragon" (for $7.99) and the demos for the album (for whatever you want to pay). I opted for the demos, and all I can say is if the rough and ready version of the album is this good then I'm going to have to buy the real thing.

On the subject of bargains, last week Mister F and I managed to wangle a couple of free tickets to see this up and coming beat combo. I don't know much about them but I liked what I heard. I think they might do well.


"Last To Swim (Demo)" - Strand of Oaks

"Daniel's Blues (Demo)" - Strand of Oaks

"Death Disco (12" Mix)" - Public Image Limited

Friday, 17 June 2022

I Paid What I Wanted

A couple of weeks ago we featured tracks from "Pay What You Want Vol. 2", a compilation album put together by the Akuphone label. You will have deduced from the title that there is a Vol 1, and I suspect it may not come as a complete shock when I tell you there is also a Vol. 3.

The three volumes are all available from the Akuphone Bandcamp page along with records by many of the featured artists. Not everything on the compilations is going to be to everyone's taste - and there are a few tracks that frankly I doubt are to anyone's taste - but there are plenty of goodies as well. 

Here is a track apiece from Volumes 1 and 3. We have some 1980s pop from Laos followed by a German producer's reworking of Sumatran folk music. Well, come on, what else was it going to be?

"Lam Seung Bang Fai (Shelter's Edit) " - Sothy

"Soumatra" - Çaykh

Here's some more music from Laos and another German who is famous for reworking his source material. Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

One Excited Ernie

The eagle-eyed among you may have spotted that I have a new profile photo. Some of you may also think the gentleman in the photo and his distinctive haircut look familiar. That could be because for many years I used an earlier photo of him for my profile (before a recent short-lived dalliance with Carlos Fonseca, founder of the Sandinistas). 

The gent in question is Penny Penny, undisputed King of Tsonga Disco (well it is disputed by some, but not me). Why has he reappeared here? Well, because he has reappeared in real life! It has just been announced that he coming to London to play the Jazz Cafe on 6 August. I have my ticket and I am VERY EXCITED.

Papa Penny and his old producer Joe Shirimani are partly responsible for me being here. Way back when I started there was this quaint idea that bloggers, like politicians, should be motivated by a sense of purpose and not just a desire for attention. Many bloggers still are, politicians not so much.

Having recently discovered and fallen heavily for Tsonga Disco, not least due to Penny Penny, I gave myself the rather grand mission of bringing it to the masses. I was diligent to start with but over time as my sources dried up and my enthusiasms moved on I abandoned my mission, to my great shame.

In honour of Penny Penny's impending arrival we'll be going back to our roots for a while. Expect to see one Tsonga Disco post a week between now and early August, starting with the Great Man himself.

"Good Morning Papa Penny" - Penny Penny

"Hina Hivanu" - Penny Penny

"Makantia Jive" - Penny Penny

Monday, 13 June 2022

Newness Abounds

It is time for one of our occasional round-ups of new releases, and we are bringing them to you through the exciting new medium of video. As always, many thanks to the lovely people in Promoland for alerting me to these albums.

We have four acts for you today, only one of whom I was previously familiar with although all of them have released other records before these ones. More fool me for not cottoning on to the others sooner.

The one I know is Jack M. Senff whose 2019 album "Good To Know You" was a big hit in the Goggins household. His new album "Low Spirit" came out at the beginning of June and if anything is even better. There is a bit of a Josh Rouse vibe to Jack's music which can't be a bad thing. 

Both albums can be found on Jack's Bandcamp page, along with some other goodies. This mp3 is from "Good To Know You", the video is from "Low Spirit".

"Watershed" - Jack M. Senff

Next up is Lindsay Clark, someone who has been making folk-influenced records for well over a decade. Her new album "Carpe Noctem" comes out on 24 June and very good it is too. You can pre-order it from her Bandcamp page where you can also find four earlier albums which I will certainly be checking out.

Moving on. Ben Talmi's "Berkshires" album came out in May and is a song set inspired by his experiences growing up in Berkshire County. I assume that is the one in Massachusetts not the one in England as the tales are too entertaining to have happened in Slough. 

You can find "Berkshires" on Spotify and other streaming services and you can download it from the tax dodgers and possibly others. It is not on Ben's Bandcamp page but lots of other things are so listen to them before heading off to find "Berkshires". 

Rounding things off we have "Don't Wait For A Sign" by Jeanines which came out all the way back in April. Once again you can find this album and older material on their Bandcamp page. 

The person who wrote the blurb that came with the album claimed to hear traces of Fairport and Vashti Bunyan which I don't get at all. Its good old-fashioned homemade pop of the sort made by The Chefs and Dolly Mixture - and all the better for it. 

 

Friday, 10 June 2022

Cooking Up A Storm

On Wednesday night we went to see the mighty Elizabeth Cook play a solo set at The Lexington in Pentonville Road. She was utterly fantastic, so much so that I very nearly proposed to her on the spot (and would have done if I hadn't been forcibly restrained by Mr F). 

Ms Cook has a great voice, great songs, great stories and bucketloads of charisma. As Mr F says, if there was any justice in the world she would be playing much more prestigious venues than upstairs rooms in pubs. But the other night, for one night only, I was glad there is no justice in the world.

I have been a big fan of Ms Cook since her "Welder" album in 2010 but inexplicably she has never featured here before. We'll put that right now with one track from each of her last four albums: "Balls" (2007), "Welder", "Exodus of Venus" (2016) and "Aftermath" (2020). 

They are all great records, you should buy them all. And you should definitely go and see her if she is ever round your way.

"Sometimes It Takes Balls To Be A Woman" - Elizabeth Cook

"Mama's Funeral" - Elizabeth Cook

"Methadone Blues" - Elizabeth Cook

"Mary, The Submissing Years" - Elizabeth Cook


The support act was Wade Sapp, who was pretty cool too. His debut album enters the world in July and I'll be checking it out. Until then, here's his first single.

Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Mr Brown Gets Down

Too much tedious real life work on at the moment, so it is just a quick one today. Here is some top reggae from Mr Barry Brown, followed by other colourful Barrys and a colourful Baron.

"Far East" - Barry Brown

"It Rough My Brother" - Barry Brown

Monday, 6 June 2022

Progrolog

Today's post is especially for the prog fans among our readers (or George as he is better known). It also gives me an opportunity to show off about my celebrity connections.

Twin brothers Colin and Stewart Goldring formed Gnidrolog in 1969 (the name is an anagram of Goldring with an extra O), with Stewart on guitar and Colin on vocals and sax. They made a couple of albums then broke up in the early/mid 1970s. 

Fast forward to 1981 - enabling us to speed past the twins' time as Pork Dukes about which the least said the better - and Colin G enrolled as a mature student at the University of Essex.  I arrived at the same time and got to know Colin reasonably well. He had his funny little ways but was nice enough.  

Here are a couple of tracks from Gnidrolog's second album "Lady Lake" (1972), both written and sung by Colin.

"Ship" - Gnidrolog

"I Could Never Be A Soldier" - Gnidrolog

Other notable members of the 1981 Essex University intake included a woman who presented the occasional item on The Clothes Show in the early 1990s and an eccentric who became an respected Arctic explorer. Other notable members of Gnidrolog included Nigel Pegrum, the future drummer with Steeleye Span.

Saturday, 4 June 2022

Sparrow Sings

Yesterday Sir Khayem of Dubhed treated us to a selection of Champion Doug Veitch tunes. One of them was a cover version of Mighty Sparrow's "Margarita", which prompted me to dig out the original.

Sparrow's version first appeared on his 1983 album "The Greatest". On the same album Sparrow, singing as The Queen, explains what actually happened when Michael Fagan evaded Buckingham Palace security and visited her bedroom the previous year. This being Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee weekend I felt it was appropriate to share it with you all.

"Margarita" - Mighty Sparrow

"Phillip My Dear" - Mighty Sparrow

Friday, 3 June 2022

Kuunatic Have Taken Over The Asylum

Earlier this week I went on a whim to see Kuunatic. I had never heard of them until the morning of the gig but was sufficiently intrigued by the blurb on the Cafe Oto website to tootle along. I'm very glad I did.

Kuunatic are an all-female Japanese trio, as you may be able to tell from the photo. I would struggle to describe their musical style. Maybe a Japanese Raincoats - but heavy oilskins not light macs - with a large slug of psychedelia.

Their debut album "Gate of Klüna" came out last year and is available on their Bandcamp page. The link below is to an earlier recording of the opening track. This version dates from 2019 and can be found on the "Pay What You Want Sampler #2" compilation issued by the Akuphone label (also on Bandcamp). The Ko Shin Moon track comes from the same compilation.

"Dewbow" - Kuunatic

"Le Pêcheur" - Ko Shin Moon