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Come for the drums, stay for the humid washes of Cameroonian fuzz. Originally released in 1975 via Ekambi Brillant’s Africa Oumba lp, “Africa Africa” has been resurrected of late by the Paris based Africa Seven imprint. Dig in, as the track appears on both African Funk Experimentals 1975-1982 and volume one of the label’s ongoing African Airways series.

Ekambi Brillant :: Africa Africa

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Mic control, Jamaican DJ Winston Williams had it. Released last year as part of the latest excavation of Studio One’s vaults, Radio Show finds the famed selector mc’ing two episodes broadcasted for the Jamaican Broadcast Corporation; 1977’s Sounds of Young Jamaica and 1978’s Soul, Power And Sound. While the pool of massive talent here is a given (Sugar Minott, Alton Ellis, Heptones, Burning Spear), it’s Williams unmistakable cadence and delivery that warrant a second look. Unlike other mediums, I’ve always argued that the best radio feels alive, like magic, and the following is proof positive why.

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Lifted from a 1977 collection known as Discoballs: A Tribute to Pink Floyd, Rosebud was a French studio project featuring a number of notable players (composer Gabriel Yared, Magma’s Jannick Top and Claude Engel), bent on reinterpreting eight Pink Floyd tracks in the vein of “disco”. Emphasis on parentheses, as the results skew more toward early electronic music and the pulsing mutant polyrhythms of Talking Heads, rather than, say, Gloria Gaynor.

Forty years later, whatever the project’s original intent, the end results transcend novelty.

Rosebud :: Main Theme from More
Rosebud :: Interstellar Overdrive (AD edit)

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On Indiana power trio Cloakroom’s new album Time Well, the band weds shoegaze’s blurry impressionism to post-rock heaviness and a rootsy framework. It’s a heavy record, but its heft is due to more than the thick layers of guitar. On songs like “Seedless Star” and “Concrete Gallery,” singer Doyle Martin conjures a particular atmosphere with his airy vocals; listen closely, and the influence of country rock and blues emerges, woven deeply into the band’s dream rock aesthetic. But that influence can also be heard explicitly — see the band’s cover of Songs: Ohia’s “Steve Albini’s Blues,” in which the band inhabits the song of another heavy metal-leaning Indiana boy — and Time Well‘s “Hymnal,” which finds the band reworking the 19th century American spiritual “Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord),” imbuing the traditional song with space rock textures.

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Earlier this month marked the 10th anniversary of the departure of Lee Hazlewood from our plane, on August 4, 2007. In the decade since his passing, Hazlewood’s music has been the source of no small amount of fascination. The focused attention on his work feels as strong as ever, bolstered by a series of reissues and retrospectives from Light in the Attic, the tremendous personal biography Lee, Myself, and I: Inside the Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood by Wyndham Wallace, and numerous covers and interpretations of his work.

But the final word, it seems, always belongs to Lee himself. Released shortly after his death, “Hilli (At the Top of the World)” remains a fitting tribute to Hazlewood. Recorded with Icelandic quartet amiina, known predominately for their work with Sigur Ros, the song featured Hazlewood reading lyrics written by Wallace, capturing a spirit of environmental wonder and beauty.

At the top of the world there’s an island
A place where the sun never shines
But the people don’t care
Because the snow over there
Is so bright that the sun’s in their mind.

The song was recently reissued digitally and as a limited 12″ record in honor of its 10th anniversary, and precedes the reissue of amiina’s kurr. Haunting and quizzical, “Hilli (At the Top of the World”) serves as a reminder of Hazlewood’s playful spirit and singular voice. words/j woodbury

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There’s no shortage of Leonard Cohen live albums from over the years, but there’s never been an official release from the man’s 1976 summer tour of Europe. This masterful two-hour Montreux set would do the trick nicely – backed by a versatile band, Cohen leans into his hits with a swagger worthy of Sinatra and offers up a handful of less-traveled tracks. You don’t really think of his music as particularly funky, but hey, it was ‘76 and disco was in the air; “Lover Lover Lover” and “There Is A War” are darkly comic boogies, with Cohen savoring every syllable. And then there’s “Do I Have To Dance All Night,” his unabashed plunge into disco, which he was playing that summer, but only released as a limited single in Europe. It’s fantastically sleazy:

I’m 41, the moon is full,
You make love very well.
You touch me like I touch myself,
I like you, Mademoiselle.

Some time in the mid-70s, an interviewer asked Cohen what he was trying to achieve with his songs. “To create a vapor and a mist,” the songwriter responded. “To make oneself attractive, to master it, to keep busy and avoid the poolroom and try to get good at what you’re doing. Really, it’s all an alibi for something nobody’s ever been able to talk about. Mostly my idea of a song is, when you feel like singing and this is your song. It’s not what songs should be, not choosing; this is the song you make because it’s the only one you can make, this is the one that is yours. The fact is that you feel like singing, and this is the song that you know.” words / t wilcox

Download: Leonard Cohen :: Montreux Jazz Festival, June 25, 1976 (zipped folder)

…playlist after the jump

Aquarium Drunkard SIRIUS RADIO

Our weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can be heard twice every Friday – Noon EST with an encore broadcast at Midnight EST.

SIRIUS 491: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Gil Scott-Heron – Message To The Messengers ++ Sinkane – U’Huh ++ Gal Costa – Relance ++ Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy w/ Tortoise – Cravo É Canela ++ Yoko Ono – Mind Train (AD edit) ++ Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Wawa ++ Yabby U – Conquering Dub (excerpt) ++ Serge Gainsbourg – Javanaise Remake ++ Brian Eno – No One Receiving ++ Faust – Just A Second (Starts Like That!) [excerpt] ++ Bitchin Bajas – Bajas Ragas ++ Jay Wiggins – Sad Girl ++ Ty Segall – Music For A Film 1 ++ Sonny Sharrock – Once Upon A Time ++ Voices of Conquest – Oh Yes My Lord ++ Thundercat – Day & Night ++ El Guincho – Palmitos Park ++ Rosebud – Main Theme From More ++ Shintaro Nakamoto – Love If Possible ++ David Bowie – It’s No Game (Part 1) ++ Pylon – Cool ++ Marianne Faithfull – Broken English ++ Marconi Notaro – Não Tenho Imaginação pra Mudar de Mulher ++ Mark Bolan – Pain And Love (Demo version) ++ Atlas Sound – Rained ++ Laetitia Sadier – One Million Year Trip ++ The Breathing Effect – Rising Inside ++ The Sea And Cake – A Man Who Never Sees A Pretty Girl That He Doesn’t Love ++ Vangelis – Blush Response (AD edit) ++ Peter Gabriel – Biko (AD edit) ++ Atlas Sound w/ Laetitia Sadier – Quick Canal ++ Can – All Gates Open

*You can listen, for free, online with the SIRIUS three day trial — just submit an email address and they will send you a password.
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