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Hayden




Age: 22
Location: Canada
Canada

#1 | Posted: 10/16/2017 23:48 | Post subject: Around The World In 80 Or So Days Reply with quote
I've never made a music 'journal', and I wouldn't even consider this one, but some recent inspiration sparked an idea. Over the past 12-18 months, I've tried my best to think of music internationally, different concept, different production techniques, progressions, textures, vocal styles, etc... whatever's been used over time around the world, and how styles crossover and vary. Starting soon, I'll be heading abroad for several months, ready to explore/talk about music with as many people as I can. I've chatted Kendrick, Fado and Paredes with people in Lisbon, French highlife with people in France, the punk scene in Bordeaux, the indie scene in Toronto, hip-hop in Barcelona, why Italians listen to so much Leonard Cohen, etc... always learning something or another. I have a few charts based on certain regions/ continents:

Beef Patties & Ginger Beer by Hayden
Biltong & Mandazis by Hayden
Ceviche & Empanadas by Hayden

And I've thought about making more, but my knowledge is pretty slim of some areas (Middle East, Asia, Oceania, Eastern Europe...), and in recent months I've wanted to explore some regions of the world I know little about. Traditional music, modern music, hip music, underground, the classics, etc... trying to find what's great. Of course, some countries have always stood out internationally (Canada, Germany, UK, States, Brazil, Japan, Sweden, France...), but there are some that I know absolutely nothing about (Mongolia, Morocco, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Honduras), and I'm curious to see what turns up.

My goal is that by the end of this journal (no set date, but near future, probably won't be 80 days) is to have listened to at least one album from every country (roughly 200 or so...). Some new, some revisits, but I'm hoping by the end I'll have learned a little bit about everywhere. I'll write small blurbs about each, but I doubt they'll be very long.

I'm hoping for you guys to shell out some recs from your home countries, whatever might be considered 'essential' there, but ignored in other countries. See how this all turns out... hoping for the best result Smile

Doc'd countries (mainly for personal record):
Chile, Greenland, Russia, Jamaica, Mozambique, Netherlands, Fiji, Greece, Ethiopia, Syria, Portugal, Cameroon, Hungary, China, Cuba, Iran, Somalia, Suriname, Guyana, Madagascar, Burundi, North Korea, Gabon, Uruguay, Botswana, Canada, Burkina Faso, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Western Sahara, Indonesia, Kiribati, Macedonia, Nepal, Chad, Qatar, Tajikistan, Togo, Antarctica, Sierra Leone, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Haiti, Niger, Solomon Islands, Japan, Iceland, DR Congo, Serbia, Switzerland, India, Papua New Guinea, Tunisia, Dominica, Lebanon, Mauritania, Croatia, Burma, Poland, South Korea, Eritrea, Argentina, Malawi, Phillipines, Finland, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Bulgaria, Gambia, Spain, Vietnam, Sweden, Denmark, Ivory Coast, Benin, Lithuania, Anguilla, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Sao Tome & Principe, Colombia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mexico, Nicaragua, Senegal, Saint Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Israel, Angola, USA, Morocco, Zambia, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Peru, Cyprus, Australia, Lesotho, Germany, Mali, Bahrain, Macau, Slovenia, Antigua & Barbuda, Latvia, Moldova, Malaysia, Kenya, Bahamas, Turkmenistan, Faroe Islands, Uganda, Romania, Palestine, Estonia, Jordan, Andorra, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Yemen, France, French Guiana, Monaco, Guadeloupe, Reunion, Martinique, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Laos, Rwanda, Belize, Namibia, Puerto Rico, Cape Verde, Swaziland, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Wales

Charts with all the albums mentioned:
Around The World In 80 (or so) Days, Pt. 1 by Hayden
Around The World In 80 (or so) Days, Pt. 2 by Hayden
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baystateoftheart




Age: 23
Location: Amherst, MA
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#2 | Posted: 10/17/2017 00:08 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Awesome diary concept! Look forward to seeing what you have in store Smile
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Hayden




Age: 22
Location: Canada
Canada

#3 | Posted: 10/17/2017 00:26 | Post subject: Reply with quote

Víctor Jara by Víctor Jara

From: CHILE

Victor Jara is an artist who's popped up on my radar several times, but I've never dug into an album by him. I'm assuming he's fairly well known in Chile considering there are murals of him in Santiago. Released in '66, this is Jara's debut album, released after about a decade of stage directing. Stripped back to primarily vocals and fingerwork, focusing on what are apparently several traditional Chilean melodies, I have no complaints. Standout track is El Carretero, beautiful bit of work.



Sumut by Sume

From: GREENLAND

Sume (which translates to 'Where?' in Greenlandic) is a band that's been on my radar for nearly a year, but truly know nothing about. Upon release, 20% of the entire country bought it (which is an insane concept), so I decided their debut album would be my introduction to them. Greenland has always been a mystery to me, I don't even know how this was recorded in the early 70's, but for what it is, I dug it. It's almost proto-punk, almost prog, with Stooges-esque saxophone solos and dense guitars. The lengthy instrumental bits were quite impressive, and very fresh sounding when compared with prog from Britain and Canada. The quality of recording was as good as could be. Takes a few tracks to get into it, but I'd recommend.


Trowo Phurnag Ceremony by Phurpa

From: RUSSIA

Recent release, 2009, traditional throat singing. An hour of it. The only throat singing albums I've ever heard have been from Russia, but nothing has been nearly this dark. Overly long, yes, the half-hour long track in the middle is tedious and could have been its own album, but nonetheless, the project is breathtaking.


A Message From Mozambique by Juju (MZ)

From: MOZAMBIQUE

First album I've ever heard from Mozambique, and it's a banger. Brilliant afro-centric jazz. Truly brilliant. Every element is balanced so perfectly, the album's seamlessness is a joy. Imagine if Anthony Braxton decided to go to Ghana and record an album with musicians there... it's really quite something. Could easily become a future favourite.


Rockers Time Now by Johnny Clarke

From: JAMAICA

Oh, Jamaica. Jumping fairly high on my reggae list is my first album by Johnny Clarke, Rockers Time Now. Great sounding album, the production dead on (Bunny Lee), and the lyrics somewhat humourous, somewhat historical, some what folklorean... dope album, dig it. Not a track goes wasted. Not a clue why it isn't better known, but from what I can tell, he was far more popular in London than Kingston. Rec to anyone who enjoys reggae, accessible but not sugary, and unquestionably chill.
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Hayden




Age: 22
Location: Canada
Canada

#4 | Posted: 10/17/2017 01:15 | Post subject: Reply with quote

Voor De Overlevenden by Boudewijn de Groot

From: NETHERLANDS

A platinum-certified album renowned in it's home country, Voor De Overlevenden is essentially Chanson, but borders the Nederpop scene. Being a '66 release, influences ranging from Dylan to The Beatles clearly show, resulting in a pleasant and easy listen. I read translated lyrics for most of the tracks while listening, and although clearly it lost some fluidity in translation, they were notably good. Coincidentally, the final track, a local hit, translates to 'Do you know that country?', somewhat fitting of this project.


Φορτηγό by Διονύσης Σα...vvopoulos]

From: GREECE

I'll thank NickVolos for this rec. I actually checked out two albums by Διονύσης Σαββόπουλος, the other being Το Περιβόλι Του Τρελλού (I've had to copy/paste these titles and truly don't know how to pronounce them, Nick, if you could enlighten me, that'd be swell). I enjoyed both records, perhaps equally, but for different reasons. This one is far rawer and a lot more heartfelt. I think this is his debut, never released outside of Greece, but I'm not 100% sure. Some cool guitar techniques, tap/thud percussion is dope, the album felt very tangible, as if he was performing in front of me at a concert, everything popped. Production on his other album is far better (recorded at Columbia records I believe, so that makes sense), but the street-performer atmosphere of this one sucked me in.

Will also add that I recently listened to a couple traditional tracks by Marika Papagika, but they all sounded ridiculously similar and I didn't much care for them Confused


Zemana Getem Derasi by Hafese Halefaye

From: ETHIOPIA

Recently dug up and reissued, I figured I'd give this one a spin. I don't know much about the background on this release at all to be honest, it seems to be somewhat rare. Give-or-take an hour of some dude playing bass lyre, which is a bizarre instrument, quite mellow, very low, somewhat in the same range as a double-bass, but with harp-esque vibrations. Perhaps one or two tracks is enough, but for what it is, it's extremely unique and worth a listen.


Musical Memories by Turtle Island Fiji

From: FIJI

HOLY ATMOSPHERE. Perhaps classifiable as 'library music', the cover doesn't give the impression this will be much of anything, but wow is it enjoyable. Like sitting around a campfire on a tropical island surrounded by talented musicians while couples dance and the children play in the ocean. It isn't much of an album, but it's unquestionably authentic and an awesome experience. Cozy and heartfelt, as if nothing in the world could go wrong.
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Tha1ChiefRocka
I'm A Cowboy On My Own Trip



Location: Kansas
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#5 | Posted: 10/17/2017 02:30 | Post subject: Reply with quote
This will be great, I will do my best to make a rec if I know a country well, but I think you've got it covered.
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Tilly




Location: Forest Park
United States

#6 | Posted: 10/17/2017 03:19 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Tha1ChiefRocka wrote:
This will be great, I will do my best not even try to make a rec if I know a country well, but I think you've got it covered.


lol. This will be an awesome journey. I know so little about world music. Let me know some good mellow ones, Hayden, this looks seriously awesome!
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Hayden




Age: 22
Location: Canada
Canada

#7 | Posted: 10/17/2017 15:31 | Post subject: Reply with quote

To Syria, With Love by Omar Souleyman

From: SYRIA

Omar Souleyman’s 2017 release dabbles in dabke roots, but for the most part goes THUMP THUMP THUMP until it stops. Honestly, it’s a blast, but a tad tiring. Yet, despite a lack of variation, I feel if it were any shorter it would feel cut too early. It needs to be party-length. I understand why he’s known for his wedding sets though, the energy here is limitless. I can’t imagine Omar’s still in Syria (perhaps Turkey), but his message here is evident.


Outras Histórias by Deolinda

From: PORTUGAL

Oh, Lisbon, I love you. I’ve been to Lisbon twice, and truly wouldn’t mind spending the rest of my life there. Beautiful place, the people, the atmosphere, the food... Portugal is incredible, it’s insane, but incredible. American music is popular in Portugal, I’ve heard everything from Kendrick blaring on club speakers, Sade in record shops, and Paul Simon in taxi cabs. So is their local pop, often coated in oversexual lyrics and ballads of death, sprinkled with essence of fado. On one occasion in Lisbon I found myself within a crowded city street as they were preparing for a concert from a popular local band, Deolinda. Dope set, lasted about 50 minutes, about 80% Portuguese, and the crowd knew almost every word. Only a trio, but their sound stretched far, felt like they had 4-5 different musicians on stage. Mixing pop and fado effortlessly, creating some of the most fun and energetic songs I’ve ever seen preformed live. I briefly talked to the bassist afterwards, but my Portuguese is iffy. I’ll give their 2016 record a shoutout.


African Funk Experimentals (1975​-​...i Brillant

From: CAMEROON

A recent reissue (essentially a comp, tracks taken from 4 different releases, each one a banger apart from an odd, yet somewhat necessary, skit in the middle) by Ekambi Brillant (who hosted a French TV show at some point or something?). As the title implies, the songs were funk experiments made from 1975-1982 (roughly Kuti’s reign). First listen, but it’s apparent the production is outstanding. The panning and placements of instruments within the mixes are unlike anything I’ve heard from Africa during that era. Apart from some shoddy voice-recording, the instrumentation sounds as fresh as it does today. Horns, drums, electric guitar, funk, never straining too far into disco. The track Ekila has a million dollar bassline too, almost something I could imagine Prince whipping up. It all works quite well, a fun comp. Looking forward to diving into his full-length LP’s if I can find some. Ace stuff. Rec for fans of Nigerian disco.


Dreams by Gabor Szabo

From: HUNGARY

A revisit to Gabor Szabo’s latin-flavoured Dreams. You may have never heard of Szabo, but you might be surprised at the amount of artists that have sampled his guitarwork (Talib, Lil B, John Legend, Atmosphere, Elzhi, Bonobo, Ice-T, Madonna, Buck 65), Santana’s ‘Gypsy Queen’ is actually his song. So, yeah, he’s one of those people. Atmospheric guitar work, almost suitable for a movie score. Full of emotion, edging on classical, yet passionate. Songs vary from melancholy to upbeat.
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Hayden




Age: 22
Location: Canada
Canada

#8 | Posted: 10/17/2017 15:44 | Post subject: Reply with quote

MTK by Ayrtbh


Lack by Pan Daijing

From: CHINA

China’s getting a double dose, both 2017 albums, both by artists not currently based in China. Why are they not currently based in China? Cause China’s musical distribution laws are god awful and that’s why you’ve probably never heard an album from China (or perhaps very few). Both of these albums are surprisingly comparable, diving into a new wave of Chinese avant-garde electronic. Pushing sound deformation, mutilating tones, reshaping textures, chiptuning drumkicks, all under a cohesive roof. MTK is more hip-hop loop/MPC stuff, whereas Lack is more freeform, pulling, tearing, tension rising and breaking, cinematic. It’s impressive production, extremely forward thinking and nothing to be ignored. Both are on Bandcamp in full for streaming. I would be quite pleased to see this trend continue in the years to come.
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Hayden




Age: 22
Location: Canada
Canada

#9 | Posted: 10/17/2017 19:47 | Post subject: Reply with quote

Mucho Macho Machito by Machito

From: CUBA

Afro-cuban salsa made in the late 40’s, often cusping folk and jazz. It’s been reissued so many times I’m not even sure where the number stands, but an extensive issue was released in the late 70’s that I have and gave a relisten to last week. Machito might be known for ‘Kenya’ or that Memphis album he did, but this is unquestionably his calling. Authentic, natural, slick, fun, and full of life. The band consists of 3 trumpets, 4 sax’s, a piano, bass, and 4 percussionists, so, you can imagine it’s quite full. Also, for Cuba, can’t miss Buena Vista Social Club.


Volume 5 by Dur-Dur Band

From: SOMALIA

Thanks Mecca. Definitely chill, very tape-esque. Some super awesome guitarwork later on in the album.


Sacred Horror In Design by Sote

From: IRAN

Sacred Horror In Design

Another 2017 release, this is a heavy rec. Gave it a relisten last night, and it’s really cool stuff. Abstract ambient, IDM, all with persian instrumentation and percussion. Traditional flipped, but in a way that truly elevates it. Godlike overall. Standout: Segaah


Tryin To Survive by Sumy

From: SURINAME

Bitch, We Danced A Lot

Straight up disco. Very good disco mind you. Almost like Michael Jackson and Donna Summer meshed their production together (ish). Apparently this sort of stuff was quite popular in Suriname during the era. Considering the crazy amount of output from Brazil, I’m surprised there hasn’t been more output from Suriname. Seems almost like South America’s forgotten country. Apparently this album was more popular in the Netherlands than anywhere else.
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#10 | Posted: 10/17/2017 19:54 | Post subject: Reply with quote
oooh gonna have to check out some of these for sure, great thread. get on that Sote everybody, it really is fantastic!
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