Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Lion Roam

Playlist and notes for the BurningDervish.com Podcast episode “Lion Roam.”

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  1. Maduba (Crisis Creation), DXT, from Reanimator: Black Market Science. DXT, essentially the inventor of turntablism, laying down futuristic, apocalyptic, electronic dub. Produced by Bill Laswell.
  2. Telegram Dub (African Postman), Burning Spear, from Living Dub, Vol. 2, the dub companion to Spear's classic Hail H.I.M.. Chocolate and peanut butter, friends...
  3. Im Ninalou, DJ Cheb I Sabbah, from, La Kahena. A Sufi, a Jew and a Berber walked into a bar...
  4. Allegro, Sanjay Mishra, from, Blue Incantation. We originally picked this record up to catch the three tracks Jerry Garcia contributed to in what turned out to be some of his last sessions and then shrugged the record off as new age fluff. Coming back to it many years later we were really sucked in by some of Mishra's melodic guitar playing. Turns out Jerry's parts are the weakest of the record...
  5. Exodus, Bob Marley, from, Dreams of Freedom: Ambient Translations of Bob Marley in Dub, one of our "desert island discs" of the 1990s and one of the best examples of that era's output of "ambient dub". Exodus and The Heathen are the stand-out tracks.
  6. Water No Get Enemy, Fela Kuti, from Expensive Shit. Jamming defiant funk from the Kalkuta Republic.
  7. In These Times, Errol Walker, from Lee "Scratch" Perry's Arkology box set. There are a million ways to get into Scratch Perry given that he has produced literally countless reggae and dub sides, but this box set might be the best way. Lots of notes and info to send you on your way...This guys talent is impossible to measure or describe.
  8. Dance Mediterrane, Simon Shaheen & Qantara, from Blue Flame. Shaheen has made more "authentic" records but the playing on this record really legitimizes the fusion style.
  9. Jah Works, The Gladiators, from Dreadlocks, the Time Is Now . This is such a deep record. Some serious spirit runs through the entire enterprise...
  10. Roll Jordan Roll, Wingless Angels from Wingless Angels. A Keith Richards side project in which he recorded some Nyabinghi sessions at his home in Jamaica, laid in the most perfect bass and guitar lines and produced a rootsy, acoustic, trance of a record. Almost makes you wish Keith would quit his day job to follow his own muse more often. Really.
  11. Dem a Come, The Abyssinians, from Arise. Deep roots and equisite melodies make this record...
  12. Herbsman Shuffle, King Stitt & Andy Capp, from Tighten Up: Trojan Reggae Classics 1968-74. This track is from a 2-disc "best of" the Trojan series of Tighten Up compilations. Bad-ass throughout with lots of gems. Herbsman is one of our key tracks.
  13. Mela Mela, Mahmoud Ahmed, from Ethiopiques, Vol. 6: Almaz. As of this writing there are 21(!) volumes in this series of Ethiopian music spanning traditional, tribal sounding music to modern Ethiopian music, which, from the late-60s thru mid-70s was all about soul, jazz and mellow funk. It is a thrill to listen to most of this stuff and Mahmoud Ahmed is widely held to be the premier practitioner of the sound.
If you like what you heard, please remember to support the artists: buy their music and go see them live. Until next time…Peace.

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