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April, 2010

Blur

Jokamiehen Suosikit 5   M&T Records   Roller skates, short shorts, knee socks and knee pads on this shakey, Finnish blonde.

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Across the universe

The Brazilian Bitles   Polydor Records

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Original synth

“Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat” (check it out) by Charanjit Singh (India, 1982) newly discovered and rereleased by our friend Edo at Bombay-Connections Records who writes:

*Until recently it wasn’t much more than some rumours on the web: a 1982 released LP called TEN RAGAS TO A DISCO BEAT containing Kraftwerk-like acid house music, years before the genre was invented.

So it turns out, the record was no rumour. Only a few hundred copies of the LP were ever pressed, and only a handful seem to have survived. Moreover, the LP outdoes all expectations. Performed on the synths that would later define Acid House, the Roland TB-303 and TR-808, the album sounds light years ahead of its time with its repetitive beats and hypnotic electronic melodies. Its maker, Bollywood session musician Charanjit Singh, set out to translate ancient Indian classical Ragas to the modern synthesizer and in doing so seems to have invented House music along the way. The 10 tracks make a consistent listen from A to Z. Its restrained minimalism and lack of cheesiness makes it incredibly contemporary, sounding animated, fluid and unabashedly alive.”

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I’m so high

Domenico Modugno   Fonit Records Italy   Is that the right coat for sky diving?

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Tide score

“Madison Girl”   Marino Marini und sein quartett   Durium Records (Italy)

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The dirty 1/2 dozen

Jimmy & 1/2 Dozen   20th Century Records (Korea)   (Thanks to Chris for sharing)

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Toucan play at that game

Dance Music (from Chris who picked it up on a recent trip to Korea)   Thanks to eagle eye P. Scott B for making the connection:

Jasmine & Jade   Axel Stordahl   Dot Records

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Everybody loves somebody (sometime)

“Everybody Loves Somebody”   Dean Martin   Reprise Records   Here’s a nice post about LP cover illustration by Robert M. Jones, Art Director, RCA/Victor Records, writing in the November 1960 issue of American Artist.

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Shanghai noon

Chinese Film Soundtrack   Pathe EMI Records

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Mostly (not) Mozart

Bob Azam & His Orchestra “MOZART 40”   S&S Records

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