Some 16 years ago, a jazz drummer and ethnomusicology student was so taken by the broad Ghanaian musical vibration he experienced during his scholarship that it would eventually set him on an extraordinary path – away from academics and towards cassette culture. Luke Cohlen sat down with Brian Shimkovitz, better known as Awesome Tapes From Africa, the blog-turned-label that has been putting out quality reissues from cassette to vinyl since 2011.
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 April. Sit back and enjoy.
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society – “Sideways Fall” (2017)
I’ve been wanting to share this track here since I first heard it on a private link in December. At the risk of exaggerating: I think it’s one of the best records that came out this year.
Zs – “Corps” (2015)
A few years older but totally in line with Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society.
Kara-Lis Coverdale – Grafts (2017)
Seemingly out of nothing Kara-Lis Coverdale shared her new album last week and its intoxicatingly beautiful.
Roosevelt – “Sea” (Young Marco remix) (2017)
A new old Young Marco remix is always good news.
Jakuzi – “Koca Bir Saçmalık” (2016)
John Maus lives in Istanbul.
Kreidler – “Boots” (2017)
Kreidler made a new album with a lot of good tracks. “Boots” is one of my favorites. Love the open sounds and the suspense.
Sega Bodega ft. Shygirl – “CC” (2017)
Sega Bodega. An artist with many sides. He also made three fantastic NTS-shows covering 30 years of Studio Ghibli soundtracks.