Five more music things, another five? Already? The still thankless task? THank you sir, thank you. Did you read all this last time? Shall we? Did you? Why? Poor soldier..
Well shall we do it again? Back to back to back being back to the five musical things thing and the fractured music portal yet again (and again and again) and yeah, we did say all this last week and this is a test and the weeks before and blah blah blah while the whole world window and no, we never do and the proof of the pudding and all that proof reading. It doesn’t really matter if it was a television fizzing and going off and things back then when we first heard of the Window. and like we did ask last time, does anyone bother reading the editorial? Does anyone ever actually look down the rabbit hole or is it all just method acting? Cut to the chase, there’s loads of music further down the page, well five or so pieces of music, cut to the damn chase…
This five musical things thing is mostly about just that, five musical things that have passed by in the last few days, five sound bites, five slices of musical information along with those oh so vital vital links and signposts staring back and making that hissing noise. You do read all this right? You did read that bit about Bandcamp Friday last time? Enough of this, cut the crap you say, wah, I know, on with the music, here comes whatever we have for you this time around, the low spark of high healed boys or something like that…
Here we go then, five musical things in no particular order…
1: Noemienours – There is something delightful about the delicates tunes and words and worlds of Noemienours and those “home-recorded lullabies from the forests of Sweden”, we have mentioned Noemienours before and here comes a new album, you find the almost fractured set of delights on the Bandcamp page, you can listen to it right there, do give it more than one go, do go back if it doesn’t get you first time, do go back and let it catch you on the right day in the right frame of mind, if you do that you will find the delicate fragile beauty, you will be rewarded…
And it is as simple as that, just five pieces of music, the details, the links, there really isn’t than much of a need for long wordy reviews and anything more than a link or a signpost. You know if we do post it here we think it worth your time and effort, this is the beauty of the Whole World Window that Mr. Smith saw coming. Here comes something rather unexpected, where did these two find each other? Thank you poor soldier…
2: Danny Elfman has suplimented his monthly release of a piece of music by quietly sneaking out a remix, and not a remix by any old remixer, this is serious stuff, this is Zach Hill, he of Deathgrips and Hella on remix duties, what a mssive coming together..
Hang on, today is April 11th, Mr Elfman’s new monthly release usually happens on the eleventh day of the month, nothing yet, we’re ahead of Danny here in London, he probably hasn’t got up yet, come on, where are you, get up, feed us, the previous three have been extremly rewarding. Watch his Bandcamp, watch this space, tune in to the Other Rock Show, you know it all makes sense, everything makesd sense….
3: Tijuana Hercules – A track of that new album that’s due out any moment, we did write a whole load of whatever you need about the new album a few weeks back – ORGAN: Five Music Things – Trigger Cut, Xiu Xiu with a Liar, the new Tijuana Hercules album, The Trudy, Jess Joy’s Patreearchy, the sound of Thumpermonkey locked down and Bandcamp Friday and Frankie at the Hope and Anchor and… and here’s where you go check the details and see for yourselves, oh hang on…
4: Yova – a rather warm, rather lush, rather at ease with itself piece of music from Yova, from an album that’s on the way later in the year The album fetures people like Rob Ellis (PJ Harvery), Terry Edwards, pedal steel guitarist B.J Cole and more
5: Moonshine – Come on, you’ve got to get in on the Zaïre Space Program, what is going on there? “Pan-African collective Moonshine links-up Congo, Paris and Portugal for new singles Ginseng and Malembe” reads the press release headline
“As we move into a new season, Moonshine delivers a soundtrack of deep bass, percussive Afro-funk and moody synth melodies. Today, the Montreal-founded and globally based collective share two new singles: Ginseng from Parisian producer, DJ and Boukan Records founder, Bamao Yendé, followed by Malembe from Boddhi Satva, in collaboration with Congolese-Montrealer, Moonshine co-founder, JUNO and Polaris-nominated singer-songwriter-producer Pierre Kwenders, and Kinshasa-based atalaku MC Redbul.
“Ginseng represents the kind of energy that really uplifts the performers in the music video,”says Kwenders. “Bamao Yendé has such an intriguing way of starting the track, and within a minute the energy goes wild – he wants you to get up, enjoy life, have a breath of fresh air and a moment of pleasure.”
A champion of marginalized musical styles with African roots, Bamao Yendé weaves a soulful sax melody through a UK garage-meets-batida beat on Ginseng. Known for his sweet South African house and syncopated breaks, Yendé also curates events where diverse artistic communities converge, as with the YGRK KLUB multimedia collective. He is also one-third of Parisian “boy band of the future” Nyokô Bokbaë, setting the beat for vocals by MC Diouck and singer Boyfall, exhorting universal love, unity and a good time for all.
Recorded between Montreal, Lisbon and Kinshasa, Malembe is the first collaboration between friends Pierre Kwenders and Boddhi Satva, who craft a lithe melody that rapidly explodes with heavy bass and commanding vocals. A prominent independent artist and protégé of Grammy winner Lil Louie Vega, Boddhi Satva (a pioneer of the Afro-house movement and the father of Ancestral Soul in Central African Republic) has also added his future-driven electronic production to tracks by Nigerian pop star Davido, DJ Maphorisa and many others. Dropping MC RedBul’s energetic, booming voice into the mix alongside Kwenders’ lyrical resonance turns Malembe into a multi-layered musical conversation fit for pulsing dancefloors.
Ginseng and Malembe are a sample of a new album Moonshine is cultivating to release this Spring, through a label partnership with FORESEEN Entertainment. Fans can expect a vast array of sounds and international collaborations that embody the energy of Moonshine parties – from underground UK clubs, Parisian Afro-electronic soirées to Kinshasa’s inventive electronic scene. The tracks link directly to Moonshine’s first pilgrimage to Congo, where Montréal-based collective members and Congolese artists collaborated on multiple projects and events, including a hybrid short film/documentary called Zaire Space Program, exploring the collective’s roots and the narratives that shape an African Utopia.
The visual for Ginseng (Zaïre Space Program | Act I) was filmed with Congolese artist collective FARATA in a township of Kinshasa, and directed by award-winning Congolese director Nizar Saleh Mohamed, with co-direction by Moonshine’s Pierre Kwenders and Hervé “Coltan” Kalongo. It was filmed in one of the artist’s neighbourhoods to depict the reality of life in Kinshasa, capturing the local response as the crew walk through the city donning vibrant costumes that weave together transformation and tradition.
“We get to witness in these images the powerful language of percussive music, the ancestral language of traditional costumes in DRC, the social commentary the artists are making by using plastic and other discarded materials to create new forms of these costumes,” Kwenders says of the visual. “We see all these perspectives. The collective works together embracing the theory of Congolese utopia, which resonates with Moonshine’s Afro-utopian vision.”
Last month, Boiler Room’s Collective TV broadcasted live from Kinshasa, with atmospheric sets by the collective’s co-founder Pierre Kwenders, Congolese band, Kingongolo Kiniata, Congolese Montrealer AKAntu, and more artists. Watch the set here.”
And while we’re here, we do like to post something brilliant that you might not have ever encountered, this is timeless treasure from a previous century
And can we politely say that we bring all this art, music and underculture to you for free, hours and hours of our time we really don’t want to clutter up our pages with annoying adverts, no one wants that, but it does take up a lot of time, hours and hours of time. If you should feel like supporting Organ and making a small donation to help keep all this flowing that would be delightful, thank you.
Meanwhile there is a Bandcamp page now, recently opened, right now you’ll find a A fifth 43 piece painting and a whole load of music from Organ days of yore – Sea Nymphs, Muy Feo, Cardiacs, Gog Magog, Cynical Smile, Raging Speedhorn…
– This fifth piece, this fifth edition if you will, this fifth piece of work comes with two CDs in each of the hand painted envelopes, one a 19 track CD and one an 18 track CD compilation, both from the end of the last century, both professionally compiled and pressed. Both discs excess copies left over and both way too good to be heaved in the recycle bin or painted on. Musical treasure from the corner of the studio where they’ve been buried under paintings and old zines and gig posters and such for the last twenty years. Each painting is numbered, each one signed on the back, each one is a hand painted piece, acrylic and gloss varnish and all 43 paintings on sale via a newly opened Bandcamp page that will make available sone of the art associated with the print days days of Organ and ORG Records