2018/07/11

Elis Regina/Vento de Maio (1980/1983/1997)

A Brazilian singer who worked in the popular and Jazz fields, mainly in the 1960s and 1970s. A reissued compilation (EMI) which includes all the nine tracks of her last studio album "Elis" (1980) in a different order with addition of a single track, Gilberto Gil's "Se Eu Quiser Falar Com Deus (If I Would Speak With God)" and three unreleased tracks. Vocal pop with featuring Elis' lithe and powerful vocals, funky fusion/adult contemporary style backing, and sophisticated arrangement. One of masterpieces in her late days, and an excellent MPB album. Includes "Vento de Maio (May Wind)", "Sai Dessa (Get Off It)", "O Trem Azul (The Blue Train)", Milton Nascimento's "O Que Foi Feito Devera (De Vera) (What Was Really Done)", and others.

Vento de Maio

| Music: R |

2018/07/03

Actress/Splazsh (2010) *

The second album by British electronic musician Darren J. Cunningham, under the name of Actress (Honest Jon's Records). Experimental and psychedelic ambient techno including the elements of UK garage, dubstep, beatdown house, Detroit techno, glitch, IDM (intelligent dance music), and new wave/synth pop. A masterpiece of techno/electronic music which was highly valued by numerous music magazines, such as UK's "The Wire" and "Fact", and critics' reviews.

Splazsh

| Music: A |

2018/06/28

Radiohead/Kid A (2000)

An English rock band from Oxfordshire, formed in 1985, Radiohead's fourth album (#1 on the UK/US album charts). Electronica/ambient-oriented alternative rock almost without the elements of guitar rock, influenced by intelligent dance music (IDM) of Warp Records artists, such as Aphex Twin, but it also features Radiohead's distinctive, melancholy and melodic style centering on Thom Yorke's emotional vocals. Also includes tracks with the elements of jazz such as Charles Mingus, and the 1970s krautrock. Produced by Nigel Godrich.

Kid A

| Music: R |

2018/06/14

(Various Artists)/Musica Futurista: The Art of Noises (2004)

A collection of music and spoken word from the Italian Futurist movement 1909-1935 (LTM). 74 minute minutes, 23 tracks. Includes original recordings by Marinetti, Russolo and Balilla Pratella, and contemporary performances of works by key futurist composers and theorists (piano and other performances by Daniele Lombardi, recorded in 1978). Marinetti's free-verse readings, "Definizione Di Futurismo/Definition of Futurism" and "La Battaglia Di Adrianopoli/The Battle of Adrianopolis", Pratella's piano works, Russolo's "Risveglio Di Una Citta/The Awakening of a City" and Intonarumori (noise intoners) samples, and others. Russolo's works are pioneering pieces in noise music, and his music influenced Stravinsky, Honegger, Antheil, Edgar Varèse and others.


Musica Futurista: The Art of Noises

2018/06/07

Bob Marley and the Wailers/Legend (1984/1972-1893)

A compilation album (#1 on the UK album charts. #5 on the US) by Bob Marley and the Wailers, a Jamaican reggae band led by Bob Marley (guitar, lead vocals). A best-selling reggae album. The original LP contains 14 tracks. The 2002 remastered edition includes two bonus tracks. You can enjoy pop and song-oriented roots reggae. The best one as the first choice or introduction to roots reggae. Features three songs by the original Wailers, "Stir It Up", "I Shot the Sheriff" and "Get Up, Stand Up", and all ten of Marley's Top 40 hit singles in the UK, "No Woman, No Cry" (#8), "Exodus" (#14), "Waiting in Vain" (#27), "Jamming"/"Punky Reggae Party" (#9), "One Love/People Get Ready" (#5), "Is This Love" (#9), "Satisfy My Soul" (#21), "Could You Be Loved" (#5), "Three Little Birds" (#17), and "Buffalo Soldier" (#4).

Legend

| Music: M |

2018/06/02

Klaus Schulze/Moondawn (1976)

A German composer and musician who was an ex-member of Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel, and pioneered electronic music in the stream of krautrock, Klaus Schulze's sixth album. One of the classics of electronic music in so-called "Berlin School" style, characterized by the use of synths and spacy ambient soundscapes. Aesthetic and romantic sounds featuring synths such as Moog and ARP, effects and drums, like new age music. Please note that there are two types of its reissued edition, the original master and remix version.

Moondawn

| Music: S |

2018/05/26

Miles Davis/A Tribute to Jack Johnson (1970)

An American jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis's 1971 studio album released as the soundtrack for the documentary film "Jack Johnson" about the American boxer Jack Johnson who became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion. The original title was "Jack Johnson". A jazz-rock album influenced by hard rock and funk, featuring John McLaughlin's rock-tinged effect guitar, Herbie Hancock's electronic organ and funky rhytjm section. It consists of two long tracks edited by producer Teo Macero from the recording sessions of February and April 1970. More pop-iriented and accessible for the rock fan and fusion lovers than "Bitches Brew" and "On the Corner". "Right Off" contains a riff based on Sly and the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song". "Yesternow" has a bassline like James Brown's "Say It Loud ? I'm Black and I'm Proud".

A Tribute to Jack Johnson

2018/05/20

Varèse/Amériques, Arcana, Ionisation (Boulez, 1975/1977) *

A French-born American composer of contemporary music, Edgard Varèse's works (Sony Music Entertainment). "Amériques" is an orchestral composition for a large orchestra with additional percussion including sirens, featuring discordance and noise. It is similar to Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring", but it is reminiscent of dynamism and bustle in a big city as the New World. "Ionisation" is a percussion ensemble for thirty-four percussion instruments by thirteen players, influenced by Italian futurists (Russolo, Marinetti). "Arcana" is an orchestral composition for a large orchestra of 120 musicians, including 40 percussion instruments, which has unity as "organized sound" for combining futuristic sounds and motifs of classical music. Pierre Boulez conducts New York Philharmonic.

Amériques, Arcana, Ionisation

2018/05/17

(Various Artists)/Artificial Intelligence (1992) *

A compilation (10 tracks) released in 1992 as the first of "Artificial Intelligence" series by the English independent label Warp Records. The beginning of post-rave ambient techno/intelligent techno as "electronic listening music" suitable for sitting down in a room and listening to rather than dancing in the club, counter to rave/hardcore techno in their heyday in the early 1990s. Mind-oriented techno with the ambience like the 1970s prog-rock such as Pink Floyd, which can be listened to calmly. The artists are Aphex Twin (as The Dice Man), B12 (as Musicology), Autechre, The Black Dog (as I.A.O), Speedy J, Richie Hawtin (as UP!), and the Orb's Dr. Alex Paterson.

Artificial Intelligence

2018/05/11

Yo La Tengo/I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (1997)

An American indie rock band formed in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1984, Yo La Tengo's eighth studio album. Widely regarded as the band's best work. Shoegaze-tinged noise pop featuring feedback noise guitar and whispery, relaxed vocals, as well as melodic and dreamy guitar pop in the psychedelic folk style. Very easy to listen to and comfortable. "Center of Gravity" is a tune in the bossa nova style. "Spec Bebop" is a long instrumental tune in the krautrock style. "Little Honda" is a cover of the song by the Beach Boys. "My Little Corner of the World" is a cover of the song firstly recorded by Anita Bryant (composed by Lee Pockriss).

I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One

| Music: Y |