September 14th, 2021

September 14th, 2021

September 13th, 2021

September 12th, 2021

The Paths Of Pain – The CAIFE Label, Quito, 1960-68

“A dazzling survey of the last, bohemian flowering of the so-called Golden Era of Ecuadorian musica national, before the oil boom and incoming musical styles — especially cumbia — swept away its achingly beautiful, phantasmagorical, utopian juggling of indigenous and mestizo traditions.
Forms like the tonada, albazo, danzante, yaravi, carnaval, and sanjuanito; the yambo, with roots in pre-Incan ritual, and the pasillo, a take on the Viennese waltz, arriving through the Caribbean via Portugal and Spain.
Exhumations like the astoundingly out-there organist Lucho Munoz, from Panama; and our curtain-raiser Biluka, who travelled to Quito from Rio, naming his new band Los Canibales in honour of the late-twenties Cannibalist movement back home, dedicated to cannibalising other cultures in the fight against post-colonial, Eurocentric hegemony. He played the ficus leaf, hands-free, laying it on his tongue. One leaf was playable for ten hours. He spent long periods living on the street, in rags, when he wasn’t in the CAIFE studio recording his chamber jazz-from-space, with the swing, elegance and detail of Ellington’s small groups, crossed with the brassy energy of ska — try Cashari Shunguito — and an enthralling other-worldliness.
Utterly scintillating guitar-playing, prowling double bass, piercing dulzaina, wailing organ, rollicking gypsy violin, brass, accordion, harps, and flutes. Bangers to get drunk and dance to. Slow songs galore to drown your sorrows in, with wildly sentimental lyrics drawn from the Generacion Decapitada group of poets (who all killed themselves); expert heart-breakers, with the raw passion of the best rembetica, but reined in, like the best fado.
Fabulous music, like nothing else, exquisitely suffused with sadness and soul. Hotly recommended.

Sumptuously presented, in a gatefold sleeve and printed inners, with a full-size, full-colour booklet, with wonderful photos and excellent notes. Zinging sound, too, courtesy of original reels in Quito, and Abbey Road in London; pressed at Pallas.” – Honest Jon’s Records

September 12th, 2021

September 12th, 2021

Gossiwor 2 – Canopy

September 10th, 2021

33.10.3402 – Iz Usta

September 10th, 2021

September 10th, 2021

September 9th, 2021

September 8th, 2021

September 8th, 2021

With DJ Trystero : )

September 8th, 2021

September 8th, 2021

Artwork for Madteo’s Str8 Crooked, out now on Honest Jon’s

September 8th, 2021

September 8th, 2021

September 7th, 2021

September 7th, 2021

Sarah Davachi – Antiphonals

September 6th, 2021

Dedication

September 6th, 2021

Richard Youngs – CXXI

September 6th, 2021

Iris – Surrender

September 4th, 2021

Buck Young – Proud Trash Sound

September 3rd, 2021

Steve Summers – Generation Loss

September 3rd, 2021

Lee Douglas – Edits 2000​-​2015 Vol. 2

September 3rd, 2021

September 3rd, 2021

Adam Bray, fucking hell

September 3rd, 2021

September 2nd, 2021

ヘンリー川原 (Henry Kawahara) – 電脳的反抗と絶頂: エッセンシャル・ヘンリー川原 Cybernetic Defiance and Orgasm: The Essential Henry Kawahara

September 2nd, 2021

September 2nd, 2021