It’s hardly an original thought to note 2016 has been something of a dog of a year. Brexit, May, Farage, and now Trump. Where do these people come from? There’s always the music, though, and in 2016 that current has run as strong as ever under the bullshit of daily life. After my European ‘special’ here comes another melancholic post to reflect world events. I say ‘melancholic’, but the music of Americans Jeff Parker, Makaya McCraven, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, and even put upon old bluesman James Davis, seems full of joy. And here’s a fine video of America from another age, to accompany the track from Marisa Anderson’s new lp, Into the Light.
And here’s something perhaps a little more gloomy from Brooklyn resident Billy Gomberg.
There’s another track from Gomberg’s excellent lp, Slight at That Contact, featured in the show.
Still, it’s not all laughs and party tunes. Jason Molina’s cover version of Townes Van Zandt’s ‘I’ll Be Here in the Morning’ almost never fails to make my eyes water (there’s an unbelievable 37 copies of this ‘limited’ 7″ single for sale on Discogs — don’t buy it, stick it to the Record Store Day profiteers and just listen to it here); and F.J. McMahon’s 1969 track ‘The Spirit of the Golden Juice’ (culled from the fine Numero Uno compilation of lost recordings, Cosmic American Music) was recorded in the shadow of the Vietnam War. Ah well, thanks for listening and happy Christmas.
In November’s Cinematronica Arge brings you an eclectic mix of electronica, jazz, hip hop and ambient, mixed with some spoken word. All with his usually Cinematic touch.
This months soundtrack includes brand new music from Fold, Ibeyi, Ez3kiel, Memotone & Soosh, Skalpel and much more.
Another carefully selected eclectic mix of electronica, jazz and hip hop. Plus a little rock, French pop, and even some Dub Reggae. All of it neatly sewn up with some rare, and a less rare, film score.
This months Cinematronica soundtrack includes Taylor McFerrin, Plaid, Jungle, Moodoid, Chapelier Fou, Ennio Morricone, Hidden Orchestra, UNKLE, The Fiery Furnaces, Marie Laforêt, Piero Umiliani and Ralfe Band.
Long live the lyric video.
Directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada this vfx heavy video uses a visual representation of each line without a single lyric on screen. Like if Gondry used After Effects instead of theatre techniques.
The song by Sub Pop‘s hip hop trio clipping is also ace. They described themselves as making party music for the club you wish you hadn’t gone to!
Arge returns with another instalment of Cinematronica. Electronica, jazz, hip hop and film score with a distinctly cinematic flavour.
This months soundtrack is provided by Jónsi of Sigur Rós, Quantic, Mogwai, Massive Attack, Dirty Art Club, Miriam Makeba, Ennio Morricone, Sons Of Kemet, London Grammar, a Pakistani Jazz collective playing Henry Mancini and many more.
Cinematronica is consistently beautiful, occasional dark, always melodic and often groovy.