1980, Senegal. Three vocalists with different styles, backed by a hypnotic 13-piece band form Dieuf-Dieul De Thies and start performing and recording. These recordings never reach the pressing stage, remaining unreleased for 33 years. The – new to me – Teranga Beat label rights this wrong… lovely stuff. Available on lp, cd and digital – get at it!
Introducing the stars of this show: identical twin sisters Irene and Ellen Kossoy recorded this album when they were seventeen. They didn’t know that their second album would take some time – their version of “I’ll fly away” was featured in the now-classic “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Renewed interest in the now 64-year old sisters made them re-enter the studio.
This was all in the far future when they recorded “Bowling Green” with accompaniment from Erik Darling on banjo and guitar. The fourteen songs represent a sample of the traditional music from the Appalachian mountains in the south of the USA. Sparse, heartfelt and with a perfect balance of piety and pragmatism, this is a great record… and the first album I’ve posted in eleven weeks. Have at it!
This is something special. Want to know why? “Orange Mound” compiles Memphis rap cassettes from the early nineties. And these are not what you expect. At all. Philadelphia store-owner/blogger/writer/etc Mark Francis Johnson probably named this compilation after this neighbourhood, and delivers some disorienting soul food in the process.
Tape hiss, crude samples, tracks like experimental drones and tons of atmosphere – Orange Mound has all that, and then some. People into last year’s “Personal Space” compilation, lo-fi experiments and gritty electro, dig in!
Pretty wasted and sublimely atmospheric song from an otherwise unknown artist. More than a little Lou Reed in the mix if you ask me!