Sunday Selection: Sandro Perri, Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe, Phosphorescent, new releases by Arşivplak, Radio Martiko & Numero´s Basement Beehive Compilation

So let´s starts this beautiful autumn sunday with a short walk through latest releases and reissues that stuck in my mind:

First let´s talk about Toronto´s Producer and solo musician Sandro Perri´s first LP since years, called In another life out via constellation records.

Two long tracks, the first one “In another live” 24 Minutes long, the other one “Everybody´s Paris”  split up into three variations of the song by Perri himself, Andre Ethier and Dan Bejar.

The track “In another life” is a masterpiece of a song. Listen:


The way how the electronic patterns counteract with the fragile repetitive melody is amazing and reminds of early Sandro Perri songs like Requiem for a fox (on his debut EP plays Polmo Polpo) or Double Suicide (tiny mirrors).
The song could simply last forever.

Everybody´s Paris is more of a classical song, with piano (Sandro Perri Version), soprano saxophone (Andre Ethier version). But except for the Dan Bejar (of Destroyer) version, which is with Dan´s way of singing an exceptional interpretation, the b – side is more of a remix album of a single than a proper LP side.

So, please more of “another life”, Sandro Perri.


Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre released a new EP called “Right on” – listen to the title track above – out via their a records label. It´s part of a full LP called simply Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe, out since october on the same label.

The EP contains after first listen two good songs, the title track above with a killer keyboard sound and the psych-rock track grunewald, a kind of NICO hommage. The rest seems a bit uninspired and the voice of Tess Parks reminds of a outdated cover of 90iés grunge heroins like Hole or the Breeders. But hey, it´s work in progress and come on, two songs in a EP is more than ok.


Lets stay a bit with psychedelic, but let´s go east: Arşivplak is a quite new turkish psych folk label that released two years ago some obscure turkish disco moog edits. Now comes a 7 EP with tracks by Şeker Oğlan with 4 amazing turkish dance tracks.

See more at their website.


Radio Martiko

After the amazing oriental krauty arabian nights trilogy by Abdul el Omari and the bellydances by Hany Mehanna, Belgiums Radio Martiko continues the middle eastern dance grooves of the 60ies and 70ies this time with more classical Egyptian music. First is a compilation by Zamaan Ya Sukkar with 60ies jazzy orchestra sounds and a nice little 10″ of film music by Abd al-Rahman al-Khamissi (respectable families). Another two oriental treasures.


Zamaan Ya Sukkar – زمان يا سكر

Compilation (LP+DL). Zamaan Ya Sukkar is a rich musical portrait from the time when Cairo was the vibrant cultural heart of the Middle East and the grandeur of the leading orchestras was incomparable. Unearthed latin and jazz-tinged tracks will let your mind drift off to the glamorous nightlife of 60’s Cairo. Meet some forgotten souls of the Egyptian music scene and cinema world. Sensual voices and Bollywood-like orchestra sounds inflame the senses of the body with an intangible exotic twist! All music is remastered from original 45’s produced by Sono Cairo.

Music from the Soundtrack “Respectable Families”
Abd al-Rahman al-Khamissi – عبد الرحمن الخميسي

Compilation (10″ EP+DL) – Dark Tango, mysterious Twist and psychedelic Cha-cha-cha! Nothing you would expect from a Sixties Egyptian soundtrack. Romanticist and artistic all-rounder Abd al-Rahman al-Khamissi stands out with this absolute timeless musical production for his 1969 movie “Respectable Families’. Four abstract instrumental dances to express poetry through music!


Basement Beehive, the Girl Group Underground

(whole playlist)

Last one of today is Numero´s compilation Basement Beehive, the Girl Group Underground. Last week, there was a Numero label pop-up store action in berlin in Acud. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with the way they sold their releases. Although there were some rare 7″ and some subscriber only lp´s like the echoes del africa LP, the prices were almost as high than those in stores, so no way of trying out some more far out stuff (although I spend a lot of money anyhow).

But this little compilation of female girl groups of the 60ies with 28 sweet soul songs on the lp and even 56 songs digital and on the cd  made my day and I am ok with Numero again.


Who do we become when we live our dreams? It’s all here—the high hairdos, the dreams and schemes, the tender camp, the wedding bell fantasias and chaste tragedies. Sister acts, studio receptionists, classmates, angelic voices of the 1960s; some legendary, many hidden in the basement of expired rainbows. Gathered on this deluxe double CD are 56 (28 on the 2LP) foiled escape attempts, now free to soar in girl group heaven.


Annex 22.10.

At last,  let´s talk about Matthew Houck´s band Phosphorescent, who played an amazing concert at Franzz club last saturday in Berlin. Last time I saw him was around 2003 maybe 2004, just around the corner together with Castanets in old nbi club. He was wearing a jacket with some glimmering lights, playing solo guitar. It was an incredible intense concert that time. Now around 15 years later, with a bigger label (dead oceans) in the back, a big truck outside the club, having moved to Nashvile from NYC, he came with full band: Two drummers, 2 keyboards, 2 guitars. And it worked out pretty well, although personally, the 3 songs he played solo with guitar – guess it was c´est la vie, wolves and there from here, were still even more outstanding and heartbreaking.

Same for the album – except maybe for the boring title of the LP, c´eat la vie – he still keeps the tension between  great pop melodies, Neil Young kind of country folk and rock n´ roll, always with an melancholic look.

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