With so much good music coming through thick and fast, it’s easy for new music to drop online and go unnoticed. To help prevent this, we’ve picked five albums you may have missed. Stream music from Kalahari Surfers, Fadimoutou Wallet Inamoud, The Soul Jazzman, Willis Earl Beal and BEAK. If you like what you hear support the artist.
Kalahari Surfers – Own Affairs
The first full-length Kalahari Surfers album. Completed in summer of 1984 it was taken to EMI to press but rejected by the cutting engineer as being “political, pornographic and anti-religious”. Chris Cutler at Recommended Records took up the challenge and released the album through his label (www.rermegacorp.com). All time classic politically radical satirical electronic rock music.
Fadimoutou Wallet Inamoud – Isswat
Isswat recordings from Azawad region of the Sahara desert. Music of nostalgia, longing, and revolutionaries, sung by Fadimoutou Wallet Inamoud in her debut recording, a local production from 2008. Sparse rhythms and hand claps punctuate the meditative hypnosis, accompanied by a the signature vocal drone of her group. A must listen.
The Soul Jazzman – Inhlupeko (Distress)
Another great reissue from Matsuli Music. Inhlupeko, alongside the other massive jazz hit of the era, Winston Mankunku’s Yakhal’Inkomo, sums up the South African jazz sound and mood of the late 1960s, its bluesy inflections heralding a more hard-bop feel of music in the decade to come. Defiantly modern, and seeking inspiration from the “black heroes” of John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Elvin Jones, Ron Carter, Johnny Hodges and Lockjaw Davis, this album envisioned what a new South Africa might sound like. This is perfection with nothing but great tunes!
Willis Ear Beal – Noctunes
The 12-track effort was originally issued as a 300-copy limited edition release back in January but is finally made available everywhere. Beal’s crooning album is full of stark minimalism, with depth and breadth that’s complicated and vulnerable.
BEAK – BEAK> <KAEB Split EP
Geoff Barrow’s Invada Records release a brand new four track ‘double B-side’ EP, featuring two tracks from BEAK and two from their ‘alter-ego’ KAEB, who differ in the aspect that KAEB can have an ever expanding and floating membership.The 4 track features ‘The Meader’ and ‘The Broken Window’ by BEAK and ‘When We Fall’ and ‘There’s No One’ from KAEB, the latter featuring vocal contribution from rapper Jonwayne.