Brothers Resistance – Rapso Take Over
Over the last couple years, labels such as Invisible Cities Editions have introduced the world to Trinidad’s hypnotic cosmic disco scene by unearthing long lost gems from Micheal Boothman and Stephen Echidnas. Now it’s Left Ear Records turn to shine some light on the country’s reggae and dub scene with Brothers Resistance‘s 1986 LP Brothers in War. Recorded in London, the album is a wonderful hybrid of calypso, political musing and off kilter rhythms, synthesisers and offbeat melodies, which you can imagine DJ Alfredo spinning in one of his Balearic sets.
Surface – Falling in Love
Both Surfaces’ and remixer/producer Shep Pettibone’s career defining moment, ‘Falling in Love’ is a bona-fide classic which is maybe most famous for its brilliant intro. Released in 1983 on Salsoul, the track begins with an angelic cry of “I’m in the love” from lead singer Karen Copeland, before a deceptively powerful baseline comes in to bring the track to life. Emotionally wrought and powerful, the track is must-have for any boogie aficionado.
Charlie – Spacer Woman
When listening to the often flamboyant of Italo-Disco, it’s hard to imagine that this genre is considered an influence on the far more austere Detroit techno. Well that is it until; you stumble upon something like Charlie’s 1983 tune ‘Spacer Woman’, which trades in the colourful nature of Italo for an atmospheric and muscular blend of synths and drum machines. Reminiscent of an early Model 500 track, file ‘Space Woman’ alongside ‘Pink Footpath‘ and ‘Key West‘ as one of Italo’s Disco’s most influential works and one which still holds up in a club today.
Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Press Color
Reissues are important as they capture changing tastes by shining a light on artists whose music was to forward thinking for them to be fully valued in their own time. French post-punker Lizzy Mercier Descloux epitomises this under-appreciation as her unnerving slurred musing, wrong-note harmonies and ominous suffocating atmosphere scared off most of the buying public in 1979. Fast Forward to 2015, the album is considered to be a classic slice of post-punk to file somewhere between Velvet Underground and ESG.
Marcos Valle – Democustico
Mr Bongo returns with more magic from Marcos Valle with his 1972 track ‘Democustico’. Originally appearing on his album Vento Sul, the track is filled with jazz flutes, cowbells and ominous organs, all underpinned by a unnerving spoken vocal to make it one of the Brazillian legends most experimental offerings. Cleary inspired by British bands of the 1960’s, ‘Democustico’ feels like The Beatles or Love at their most psychedelic and neurotic.