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Tradi-Mod vs Rockers

PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:14 pm
by howard male
Not a great title - the subtitled is more informative: Alternative takes on Congotronics. But I’ve very excited about this – something’s going to get knocked out of my 2010 Top Ten that’s for sure.

Various hip producers and musicians, from Brussels to Chicago, mess with the master tapes of the Congotronics series in surprisingly inventive ways, including one guy (Jherek Bischoff) who transcribes Konono No1’s buzzy din into music for a small orchestra – the result is surprisingly engaging (sort of tribal Philip Glass.) Another highlight is Juana Molina’s work on a Kasai Allstars track which sounds wholly like her own stuff while still sounding 100% Kasai Allstars – no mean trick to pull off. And it's pretty much all refreshingly free of generic hip-hop of four-to-the-floor hatchet jobs.

But anyway, I’m still absorbing its two CDs worth of organised noise and rolling rhythms as it only turned up yesterday. But I'll get back to you with a more comprehensive report either here or on the Arts Desk.

Re: Tradi-Mod vs Rockers

PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:57 pm
by kk
both discs streaming here...

(it is already quite a bit down in the list, so it will be up only for a few days more)

Edit: just noticed the same website also streams Radioclit's "The Sound of Club Secousse - African Dance Music Anthems"

Re: Tradi-Mod vs Rockers

PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:03 am
by Jonathan E.
Thanks for the tip, kk. I picked the CDs up — well, I held them in my hands — while on one of my occasional visits to the big city, and then put them down again when I realized I hadn't actually read a full review and after reading on the cover that they're remakes (rather than remixes) by musicians who for the most part either don't float my boat or that I'm unfamiliar with. It's not that I mind taking chances given maximum funds, but I was really looking 1940s jump blues and R'n'B, so it would have been a distraction. Listening now, it's still a distraction — I'm really meaning to finally sort out Jimmy Liggins from Joe Lutcher in my head — but, I think I saved putting myself out $10 or whatever they are for something I wouldn't listen to much. Now Howard's going to write an enthusiastic review and I'm going to kick myself! Or something. I can hear how at least some of this would appeal to certain tastes.

Re: Tradi-Mod vs Rockers

PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:19 pm
by howard male
'Enthusiastic review' to be found here, J. ... &Itemid=29

A few plays later and I confess that perhaps the quality tails off a little on CD2 but this is still a lot of fun, and respectful-to-the-source-material fun at that.

Re: Tradi-Mod vs Rockers

PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:34 pm
by Jonathan E.
Thank you, Howard. I'm not kicking myself. Of course, I have other consolations.

Re: Tradi-Mod vs Rockers

PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:14 pm
by Paul Inglis
Good choice, Howard. I'm liking this one very much.