The Caribbean Islands are pretty hot these days, even in winter. There is much more to this tropical area than its famous coastlines. Up north by the Atlantic coast, the Caribbean region of Colombia has received relatively less attention. It’s a shame, since it is both home to a vibrant music scene and the birthplace of some distinct musical styles in the last few decades.
In everyday life Shane Burmania has the grateful task as event programmer for The Rest is Noise, a concert series for the weird and wonderful in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. He also curates programs in contemporary music for the Korzo Theatre in The Hague. Shane has a soft spot for any music with hints of cosmic, futuristic and transcendental sounds. Here are Shane’s picks for January 2017. Sit back and enjoy.
Mica Levi – “Burial”
Mica Levi, one of the most exciting composers of our time, made a track called “Burial”. Not sure if it’s about the musician Burial or about a burial, as I haven’t seen the movie Jackie (2016) for which it is the soundtrack. I’d like to think it’s an ode to the first.
Oliver Coates – “Innocent Love”
I slept on this record of Oliver Coates when it came out in May, but rediscovered it during the Christmas holidays. That bass drum in the first bar has a similar beauty to the bass drum in Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire”. Oh, and also Arthur Russell’s echo in the cello part.
Ogoya Nengo and The Dodo Women’s Group / Lena Willikens – “Orutu Run”
This track reminds me of Lena Willikens’ opening set at my first Nachtdigital experience. Life has been better ever since. Also love, love, love Ogoya Nengo and The Dodo Women’s Group – an amazing group that I highly recommend to see live.
Moor Mother – “Time Float”
Moor Mother’s engagement is informative and contagious. A voice that needs to be heard. In her own words: “‘Time Float’ speaks about the environmental warfare that continues to plague historical African American and low income communities.”
Forma – “Ghosts”
New York-based trio that came out of Bunker Legacy.
Mary Ocher – “The Endlessness” (Song for Young Xenophobes)
This song by Berlin-based artist Mary Ocher came out last week and it breathes the unlikely combination of stillness and urgency.
Georgia – “Canal Din” (Open Voice)
Thanks to Vincent from 22tracks for bringing Georgia into my life
Lawrence English – “Object of Projection”
It may take a minute or two to get into it, but then the richness in sound and textures explodes in the ears.