Chancha Via Circuito: Rio Arriba 4-12-11
For all you world music lovers we have the second release from Chancha Via Circuito. The album is focused around South American folklore in theme. The music also has a South American bent to it but still sounds modern instead of traditional. Bristling with drums and ethnic instruments I can’t name the album is a welcome reprise to what is normally heard on the radio (my show included).
RIYL – Tremor, Buraka Som Sistema
Cussing – none that I can tell
Favorites – 9, 11, 1, 3, rest
ZZK Records Matt Romero
Africa Hitech– 93 Million Miles 5-9-11
This is combination of old school techno style music (as in more toward theDetroitand minimal end not Haddaway style) and African (and island) rhythms and productions. Maybe simpilar put there is heavy ragga influence in the production work of co-producers Steve Spacek and Mark Pritchard. You will hear vocals at points during the album but there are no full on song lyrics. For the techno enthusiast this is a must listen to album. For those requiring more song structure and less experimentation it is harder to recommended unless you are in the mood for some interesting electronic play.
RIYL – the Bug, Benga, Kode9, Warp label artists
Cussing – none I heard
Favorites – 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, rest
Warp Matt Romero
Johan Agebjorn – Casablanca Nights 5-9-11
Sweedish producer Johan works in various forms of electronic music and is well known for his 2006 LP in which he does an 80’s italo-disco throwback album. This time around he continues with a synthy pop feel set in the world of today (as opposed to 80’s italo). Addicting if you like the synth pop sound. At times it sounds generic but other tracks just pop out from the album and make you dance. But that is the nature of synthpop is it not?
RIYL – Zoot Woman, Yelle, And One (but nicer vocals), Freezepop
Favorites – 2, 4 (vocals in English), 6, 7, 9
Cussing – none
Paper Bag Records Matt Romero