ROSINHA DE VALENCA - Summertime
Classic instrumental guitar LP from the beginning of the 70s which contains a cover of Edu Lobo's amazing 'Zanzibar' among others. I picked de Valenca's version of the George Gershwin song as the summer is rapidly coming to a close here and I can feel the days getting shorter. Top album to stick on and start preparing an evening meal to.
EXPO 80 - Rolling Space
Here's a funny one from an Italian group that were seemingly fascinated with all of the music they were hearing from Brazil. Super classic downtempo library funk with heavy synths which are really typical of the era but the amount of vocal covers on this make it stand up tall. I came across this record accidentally because Vincenzo Barbera played in a group called Cappucino which I originally mistook for the italo-disco band. Nice surprise.
CREATION REBEL - Highest Degree
Tough choice but this might be my favourite Creation Rebel album. Got to thank my friend Chris Bress, who works at a shop called Reckless in London, for passing me this one at a particularly messy night at his place. Must have listened to it about fifty times over since. Each track is a winner but gonna go with this one as I usually play the album B side first, making this the opener.
'The sound of the drum and the bass, make her lose her grace in the night...alright... kinda nice'
NAZAN SORAY - Sil Bastan
One of my favourite Turkish albums for sure. Mostly have this stuff on 7" but that's no good if you're cooking right? Nazan Soray is a famous Turkish actress who also made loads of music and became one of the poster girls of the soft disco movement that gripped Turkey in the 80s. Really love this song plus 'Hatuney' on the same record.
G.B. BECKERS - Walkman
Got this amazing LP from Tako last year at some point alongside this Mu-Psych comp thing, both of which I've played to death. Start to finish this album from the German artist Gunther Beckers makes for a lovely listen. His guitar and rhythm box combination is super cool and his consideration for space is totally on point too. Not totally 'minimal' but pretty close to it. Music From Memory will reissue the album really soon! There are some other recordings from the same guy but I haven't actually checked them out...
DICES - Internal Ambience Part 5
This is a 12" from St. Petersburg musician Dices - one half of the duo that made 'Thoughtstream', the very first 12th Isle release. I think he is making really great stuff and I'm always following what he's doing. Earlier this summer I was playing at Farr Festival for a long b2b and opened the stage with this track. Since I was completely sober I can still remember it vividly and it sounded incredible at that volume. It's pretty dark and murky but I thought I'd follow up the Beckers with something I'd pick from the shelves afterwards.
SORT JOEY - Love Your Tracks
Most club ready pick of the bunch here from the sadly deceased Joel Brindefalk. He was close to the whole Borft and iDEAL crew and made some of the best Scandinavian techno to my ears. This album is a beauty from start to finish and has pretty much all the things I like about dance music.
THIBAULT "FREYDY" DORESSAMY - O Fon A Ke An Nou
Insane and deep gwo-ka jazz folk from Guadeloupe. Actually I don't own this record but it's one I'm really after and it felt right to include. Apparently Doressamy is still a priest and I think you can really hear the spiritual atmosphere going on here (even without having seen the sleeve). Definitely listened to this loads. Shout out to Chris!
KENNY BARON - Dolores Street
The title of this playlist refers to grilling courgettes/zucchinis but that's just me joking around as I seemed to do that a lot this past week. Mostly these are records to play while I'm cooking in the evening, usually going through all sorts of different moods. I just moved place and am definitely taking advantage of having a big kitchen again. Anyway, big jazz favourite here and really solid for the price it goes for. Hopefully this playlist has made sense!