The Needle 024: The Lijadu Sisters on #afro, getting #experimental, Cultural Roots and more

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For the week of November 15, 2015

Fill me in…


Lots of #afro music was passed around this past week. It’s always cool to stumble upon a sample you never knew existed. The remixed version: “Life’s Gone Down” - Kill Emil. The original: “Life’s Gone Down Low” - The Lijadu Sisters. The Nigerian born, second-cousins of Fela Kuti enjoyed some national popularity in the ‘70’s and then made the move across the pond to Brooklyn in the ‘80’s. It’s not surprising that this soulful sound was deemed worth recycling:

The Lijadu Sisters - Life Is Gone Down Low

When it comes to #experimental music, sometimes it’s not worth trying to understand it. Although it’s on the opposite side of the spectrum from mainstream, there has been some steady conversation in that channel and it’s time to give credit where it’s due. By no means am I credentialed to write about #experimental music so we’ll leave it at the last link shared. Here’s “Alive” by Arca:

Arca - Alive

What else is going on?

 

Things got a little presidential this past week as some musicians showed their appreciation for political figures. Bernie Sanders + Killer Mike and Barack Obama + Coldplay.


Back on the 11th edition of #theneedle you may remember hearing something about Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead making a new album in India with some collaborators and documenting the journey with Paul Thomas Anderson by their side. Out came an outtake from the movie entitled ‘Junun’ and it could help you make the decision whether or not to go seek out the full-length film. Either way, you really don’t have to stretch the imagination to bet that it’s quality. Didn’t The Beatles go to India too?

Don’t sleep on…

 

Usually, the “Don’t sleep on…” artists are expected to do big things in the near future, but here’s a case where nobody listened to the warnings and it’s now too late. If this edition came out in the mid-1980’s, a #reggae group called Cultural Roots would land right here.

 

The folks at Wax Poetics did a great job uncovering the story of the trio (sometimes quartet) from Jamaica. You can check out that write up here.


Below is an addictive song called ‘Jah No Impartial’ that they recorded in 1978 along with a Dub version that follows. Always good to hear blasts from the past. Thankful for recorded music this Thanksgiving.
Cultural Roots - Jah No Partial
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