BUNALIM: S/T LP (Shadoks) - One might have thought that the well of high quality 60’s/70’s underground music from Turkey must have just about run dry, but the fairly recent releases of gems by Selda, Ersen, and, now, this LP by Bunalim prove otherwise. This LP compiles tracks from singles recorded by various permutations of the band between 1969 and 1972. The majority of the tracks are the cool mix of Eastern folk and Western rock (Anadolu rock!) that I’ve come to expect, know, and love from Turkey. A couple of the tracks veer into less satisfying hard rock territory. Overall, pretty cool, despite the high price.
EVOLUTIONARY JASS BAND: Change of Scene CD (Community Library) - Drawing inspiration from artists such as Sun Ra, Mulatu Astatke, and the pantheon of modern free jazz musicians, Jef Brown (JOMF!) and Co. work out over five cosmic Jazz groovers. Not “high art” jazz, but very enjoyable jams.
RHYTHM AND SOUND: See Mi Ya LP (Burial Mix) - Mark Ernestus and Moritz von Oswald have released pioneering hybrids of reggae, dub and electronica under the name Rhythm & Sound since 1996. I’m just catching up on this 2005 release which features stoney dub vocals from Walda Gabriel, Bobbo Shanti, Rod Of Iron, Ras Donovan and Ras Perez, among others. Irie!
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