Monthly Archives: May 2015

(May 31, 2015): Bombino – Tigrawahi Tikma (Bring Us Together)

From the 2011 double album, Agadez.  This album takes its name from Omar “Bombino” Moctar’s home town in Niger.  He lived in Algeria and Libya as a refugee on account of the Tuareg Rebellion when he was a teenager.  In the … Continue reading

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(May 30, 2015): Jens Buchert – Saragena

From the 2006 album, Asia Suite.  Buchert is a prolific German producer of Chill, Downtempo, Lounge, Dub, Ambient & Techno. Under the name Dakini Mandarava he has also released several Yoga and Meditation CDs.  He Owns JeBu Records on which … Continue reading

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(May 29, 2015): Suzanne Vega – Small Blue Thing

From the 1985 self-titled debut album, Suzanne Vega.  The best song on a very strong LP.  A compelling picture of the singer as an object “like a marble/or an eye,” “made of china/made of glass,” “lost inside your pocket,” and … Continue reading

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(May 28, 2015): Visionary – Around the World (feat. Peter Ranking)

From the 2005 single (12″ 45rpm), Around The World / Tempest.  From the Canadian drum and bass duo Dave Whalen and Marcus Sills.  Active from 1996 to 2010.  Prominent 1980s reggae singer Peter Ranking (aka Peter Clarke, Peter Metro, Peter Legore), … Continue reading

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(May 27, 2015): Eddie Floyd & Mavis Staples – Piece of My Heart

From the 1969 Stax compilation double LP, Boy Meets Girl.  Originally recorded by Erma Franklin in 1967, it was famously covered by Big Brother & The Holding Company on their 1968 debut, Cheap Thrills.  This version by Floyd and Staples … Continue reading

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(May 26, 2015): Brinsley Schwarz – (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding

From the 1974 single (7″, 45 rpm), (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding / Ever Since You’re Gone.  The 1978 Elvis Costello cover of this song is much better known, but here are roots.  Nick Lowe tune on … Continue reading

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(May 25, 2015): Rick Braun – Latinesque

From the 2003 album, Esperanto.  Not sure how universal a language smooth jazz is, but Braun is much more than that here.  This LP successfully captures a range of influences including soul, trance, electronica, acid jazz, and orchestral.  A real … Continue reading

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