George Hysteric’s Strange Selections: Hardcore Seven
For the month of June, George Hysteric steers his monthly playlist contribution in a different direction, to his pre-dance music days.
I was back in Brazil digging last year when a street vendor caught my eye. He was selling a super sick pile of 7”s that’s pretty hard to find these days. Naturally I went through it and at the end of the batch I came across a name: Dietrich Perreira Melo. Upon listening to the record on my portable player, my ears were blown away.
Dutch music. Not usually a word combination that conjures up the wildest expectations. But dig a little deeper and you’ll be in for many surprises. From ambient, rhythmic workouts to poetic synthwave, the Dutch musical landscape has produced many strange sounds that had flown under the radar. While it’s in our nature to avert nationalistic tendencies on a broader societal level, for now I suggest we go full Dutch and embrace our nationality with pride. No cheese, windmills and other clichés this time. Enter Dutch Sounds From Beyond – Part 2.
When the stars are aligned, and space and time are favourable, Traxx appears and blesses us with tracks he associates with our chosen name. Here are some offbeat oddities of the bizarre and irregular sounds of rare vinyl and cassettes from his personal collection.
At 79, Belgian-born Joel Vandroogenbroeck hasn’t got just a long name. His comparably long and fascinating career that began at the age of three saw him build up an impressive repertoire of unusual instruments and a diverse body of work that is gaining brand new fans today, thanks to multiple reissues of his albums in recent years. From classical cinematic pieces to drones and electronic funk, the experimental offerings of this multi instrumentalist is an acquired taste. For those ready to take the plunge, Tijmen Lohmeijer has prepared a selection from Vandroogenbroeck’s solo excursions to get your feet wet.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has brought forth some of the top-selling artists of the African continent, with the late 80s and early 90s famously dubbed the Belle Époque of African rumba music. Bands like Franco & Le T.P.O.K Jazz, Empire Bakuba and Afrisa International toured long distances to shake up the nightlife of cities like Nairobi, Luanda and even Paris and Amsterdam with their danceable Congolese rumba and soukous. Sung in Lingala – the lingua franca of capital city Kinshasa – the songs were naturally incomprehensible for those who did not speak it. But to the Congolese listener, they meant more than just a good night out. The music, with its accompanying diarrhée verbale was a lesson in straight talking.
Last week, we published an article exploring the concept of noise. Just days later, we received news that the electronic music world has lost one of its noise icons. Mika Vainio was an experimental Finnish producer and founder of Pan Sonic whose work made noteworthy contributions to the genres of glitch, noise, drone and techno. A day after Vainio’s passing, Rogér Rogér puts pen to paper, keeping this experimental pioneer’s legacy alive with a playlist.