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Old 12-08-2009, 07:54 AM   #11 (permalink)
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^From what I know Lebanon has a lot of techno. Is this true?

Also, great thread Bulldog. Looking forward to more.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:36 AM   #12 (permalink)
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^From what I know Lebanon has a lot of techno. Is this true?
Lot of fans but no DJs, and nothing to do with the local music. And i did say the region, and not the country
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:51 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Great idea indeed. No one can truly delve into music while sticking to the anglophone countries. Sometimes other countries' folk, can be considered as progressive or even experimental and avant-garde if compared to the music we usually listen to.

If you need some albums from the central Mediterranean part of the world, just give us a shout =P.
Damn straight. There's plenty of music from outside the Anglosphere which easily stands up alongside side, in some cases beats some of the music I've heard from inside of it, as a quick glance at my top 100 may or may not suggest!

Might have to take you up on that offer as well. There are a few areas of the world I'm having a bit of trouble finding good stuff from, and the central Mediterranean's one of them! Feel free to drop me a PM if you have any recommendations eh.
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:07 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Yeah, need any suggestions from Eastern Europe/South America, same applies...
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:58 PM   #15 (permalink)
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^ May have to pester you for some good Eastern European stuff as well. At a quick glance, all I've got is an album by Ukraine's Truart (and a very good one it is too!), which I've long-since nicked from your journal.

That said, I've got a growing list of albums lined up for this, so I won't exactly run out of ideas anytime soon.
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:42 PM   #16 (permalink)
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You shouldn't have trouble finding anything from Canada. I could give you a hand though
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Old 12-09-2009, 07:29 AM   #17 (permalink)
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You shouldn't have trouble finding anything from Canada. I could give you a hand though
I'll let you know if I run into any problems/lack of options with Canada. Probably won't get round to them for a while though - gonna take care of the stuff from the farther corners of the world first.
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:00 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I'll let you know if I run into any problems/lack of options with Canada. Probably won't get round to them for a while though - gonna take care of the stuff from the farther corners of the world first.
As you should know, hit me up with any countries for Southern Africa and I can see what I have got, if you need.

The JŠn Boleslav Kladivo suggestion was top class, went and found a few random songs which were really good, if you still got the link hanging around then please swing it this way?

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Sure, I can rustle up a link for ya.

If you've got any recs for Southern Africa, feel free to PM me - I've got music from Zimbabwe, South Africa and that's about it.
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Mexico

Caifanes - El Silencio (1992)

Moving over to Latin America now, the Mexican outfit Caifanes were at the forefront of the Spanish rock scene in the late 80s and, more importantly, delivered one of the movement's finest albums in their later years. In the sense that the approach to work and output that Caifanes and many of the other bands from the same movement adopted clashed with the happy, chirpy pop music on the Mexican airwaves at the time, I suppose it wouldn't jumping to gun too much to say that this movement was something akin to a Latin American version of the punk rock scene. Not that they spent their time ripping off the British and North American movements of course (if anything there's a lot more of the Cure to their sound than that), but it's a neat, pretentious little analogy to draw.

Although there are a few punkier moments to be found, such as on the album's opener, all that stuff takes a warm place on the back burner as intricate musicianship, subtle melodies and lead singer Saul Hernandez's vocal performances makes up for the sharpest edge that this album has. As an album, El Silencio clearly takes a few cues from the more gothic side of British post-punk, although this is more than just another good post-punk album from an unconventional part of the world.

To put it simply, a lot of you have seen From Dusk 'til Dawn haven't you? You remember that band that's playing in that sleazy, soon-to-turn-nasty nightclub? Imagine them with a female lead singer and having spent a lot of their teenage years listening to PIL, the Cure and early Dead Can Dance, giving those sounds their own twist with a dash of bouncy, Latin American vibes here and there along with their own ideas about melodic structure, and that's basically what you're looking at with this album. In other words, very very good stuff.
The best bits: Nubes, Piedra, Debajo De Tu Piel



Kenya

Matata - Feelin' Funky (1974)

Moving on, as anyone who's ever gone on a little musical trek of their own through Africa before will know, Afro-funk is one of the first big genres you'll come across. There've been many truly great peddlers of Afro-funk down the years, Fela Kuti and Manu Dibango among the best and most influential of them.

You won't find many more instantly accessible than Kenya's Matata though, even more so because of the fact that they moved to London in the earlier 70s and made a name for themselves there. Another reason would of course be that they have a very similar sound to North American funk groups like Funkadelic and the Ohio Players. So, in that sense, they're hardly the most original-sounding band you'll ever come across, and they're a lot more about funky riffs and saxophone interludes rather than the epic psychedelic passages Funkadelic and Parliament would often take themselves through, or the soul ballads of the Ohio Players. If you just want a really fun, convincing and thoroughly energetic, funky little album, get hold of this when you can.
The best bits: I Wanna Do My Thing, Gettin' Together, Good Samaritan


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