Forgotten Treasures

Basil Kirchin “Basil Kirchin Is My Friend: A Trunk Records Sampler” (Trunk Records)

via Johnny Trunk: This new compilation of old Kirchin material comes as a result of the free CD I produced for Hull 2017 City Of Culture. There was a Basil Kirchin “weekender” this February, three days of talks, music and events based on the life, music, and world of Basil …

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Manu Dibango “Electric Africa” (1985, Tidal Waves Music)

via TWM: Manu Dibango needs litle introduction, born in Cameroon in 1933, Manu developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music. He’s definitely among the best known African artists outside of Africa. Collaborations were numerous and include top acts like Fela Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Sly …

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Dave Gold Big Band “Heaven On Their Minds” (1974, My Only Desire Records)

via MOD: The second release by My Only Desire Records are four previously unreleased tracks of funky big band jazz, from a group led by composer/arranger Dave Gold, who recorded extensively for cult library labels KPM and Bruton Music. Recorded in 1974 for BBC Radio 2, Gold blows the cobwebs …

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Jan Schulte “Tropical Drums of Deutschland” (Music For Dreams)

via MFD: Copenhagen’s Music For Dreams comes with yet another strong release – a double album of personal favourites compiled by Jan Schulte. According to all maps and witness accounts, Germany does not officially have any tropical forests. This is of no concern to Schulte however, who has unearthed many …

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Various Artists “Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa” (Ostinato)

via Ostinato: In 1988, on the eve of a two decade civil war, Somalia’s authoritarian ruler Siad Barre launched punishing air strikes on the north of the country, known today as Somaliland, in response to agitations for independence. The bombing levelled the entire city. Barre targeted Radio Hargeisa to prevent …

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Gemini “Imagine A Nation” (1997, Another Day)

via AD: As one of Chicago’s most mysterious and revered characters, the story of Gemini aka Spencer Kincy has become something of a myth in recent years. Blazing a trail throughout the 90’s by prolifically releasing over 200 tracks from 1994 to 1999, Spencer’s music had shades of innovation and …

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Axis “Silver Satin / Runaway Love” (Ice City Records)

I’m one of those people that has music playing constantly at the office. The downside of this practice of course is that your mind and ears aren’t allowed to really concentrate on what you’re listening to. That is, until a tune comes on that overpowers all else and forces you …

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Hiroshi Yoshimura “Music for Nine Postcards” (1982, Empire Of Signs)

Available for the first time outside of Japan, Hiroshi Yoshimura’s 1982 ambient classic, Music for Nine Postcards will be the first release by the Portland, Oregon / Berlin based record label Empire Of Signs. The label, founded by Spencer Doran of Visible Cloaks and Maxwell August Croy of Root Strata, …

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Hannett’s Electronic Recordings “Homage To Delia Derbyshire” (Ozit Dandelion)

via Boomkat: At long last legendary producer Martin Hannett’s wild dedications to Delia Derbyshire and her work at the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop is revealed to the world at large thanks to Dandelion Records, who’ve previously issued Hannett’s unreleased studio outtakes with Joy Division. If you were into Hannett and Steve …

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