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Podcast No.17 – Torb The Roach

For our 17th podcast we have a very special mix courtesy of Torb The Roach. Earlier this year Torb The Roach and Floppy McSpace released the excellent instrumental hip hop album, “Tape Echo – Golden Floppies”. A lo-fi, beat crunching, bugged out album that pushes the musical boundaries while keeping its feet firmly in the realm of hip hop. The promotion for the album gave us one of the best and most bizarre short films we’ve seen in a long time, if you’ve not seen check out here.
The mix Torb has provided shows the influences on his production, gathering funky breaks and beats from all over the world and from all spectrum’s of music. Torb had this to say about the mix and making music in general –

“I started making music and collecting records shortly after I started breakin in 1999/2000. The last 8 years I got more heavy into producing music and also started to dig deeper for rarer and lesser known stuff. This is a mix of tunes that inspires me on my work on the tape echo gold floppies release. I love weird and obscure stuff, and always try to find something that is new to my ears. I don’t care about the genre or style to much, I look for a certain vibe and feeling in the music. This is mostly 60’s and 70’s records, from all over the planet including Japan, Korea, China, Singabpore, US, Jamaica, Belgium, Sweden etc. When I dj I normally play more dance related stuff for bboy jams or clubs, it iss the same kind of vibe but more uptempo.”

Sit back, relax and enjoy this awesome mix!

Function Underground: The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974

The Great Divide between R&B and rock n’ roll came after the Beatles and the British Invasion decimated the Top 40 chart in 1964. Simultaneously, R&B entered a new phase, soon to be labelled “soul,” which upped the music’s gospel quotient and turned its frantic twang. So somewhere in the mid to late-1960s, rock n’ roll became perceived as something for the Caucasian kids. When Jimi Hendrix and Arthur Lee made the scene, they were said to be black musicians entering into a white world. While that couldn’t be farther from the truth, that false dichotomy has existed in America’s popular conscious ever since, to the point where the idea of a black rock musician is on the level with the idea of a black cowboy.
This anthology presents earnest questions as to why we know so little about these bands and the movement of which they were a part. While we don’t anticipate that we’ll ever find a definitive answer as to what these ensembles’ true goals were, then, we do know that they took their charges seriously. And they knew they were onto something different, something that, though only they and their immediate kin might recognise it, was more interesting than the status quo. Function Underground shines light on an important and overlooked part of rock n’ roll’s history and talented ensembles that toiled in the shadows, derided by their peers.
Available to buy on CD, LP and digital now from Now Again Records.

Yuri Morozov – Strange Angels

“Strange Angels” is a compilation of 1970’s experimental & electronic music recorded in soviet Russia by Yuri Morozov. Banned by the KGB for its esoteric content and references to forbidden spiritual texts, Yuri recorded over 46 albums between the 1970s until his death in 2006. Only available on cassettes passed around in secret within the Russian music underground until now.
The music on offer here ranges from the beat driven “Shall Come Forth The Demons”and “Inexplicable (pt 4)” to the more ambient sounds of “Return To Atlantis” and the prog experiments such as “Gita Shakti”. Regardless of where Morozov takes you, the heavily experimental and early electronic sound is the overwhelming theme, creating music that is very much of it’s time yet it still sounds fresh today.
If you have any interest in early electronics, prog rock, psychedelic rock, experimental music the suggest you pick this album up, you won’t regret it!
Pre-order your copy now from Buried Treasure Records bandcamp site.

Rob Thomsett – Yaraandoo/Hara

Now-Again are back with another rare re-issue, this time from Australian guitarist Rob Thomsett. Originally released as a private press LP in the mid 70’s, “Yaraandoo” and “Hara” are a blend of jazz and progressive rock both brought together on this excellent new re-issue.
Jazz rock is by no means an unheard combination, however Thomsett’s music has a unique sound, never fair from jazz and prog and even a library music feel (especially on the upbeat title track “Hara”), but there is also an underlying darker feel, giving great appeal to the modern beat lover. The short yet perfectly crafted, “Moulding of Red Earth” is a perfect example of this, sounding not dissimilar to something the Heliocentric’s might produce.Available now from Now-Again on LP and CD.

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