a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
One new review, and a new year’s treat. The website is almost ready – I’ll let you know when the grand opening is happening.
! The Real Sound of
Stop me if you’ve heard this one…an underground musical movement emerges in the 1970’s in response to the banality of what rock music had become. Kids everywhere responded to the new do-it-yourself ethic by picking up guitars and putting music on wax, if for no one else than their friends and the few die-hard fans who’d show up at a club and listen.
This is disco??? More than you’d imagine, and this collection brings together the best of the forgotten disco bands of one city in that era. Four-on-the-floor beats, slap-and-pop bass, big orchestral arrangements, and a surprising amount of artistry. At its best, disco is the progressive evolution of funk, and this is disco at its best.
Listen to samples from The Real Sound of
Casual Listening 2009 playlist
People will argue whether these songs are the best of the year, but these are the songs that I’ll remember the year by.
Listen to the full playlist on Rhapsody here.
And here’s what’s on it:
1. Invisible Cities – NOMO
2. Saudades de Manezinho Araujo – Forro in the Dark
3. Soul do Samba – Marcio Local
4. Sounsouomba – Oumou Sangare
5. Kalemba (Wegue–Wegue) – Buraka Som Sistema
6. Frenzy – Bobby Sanabria
7. Quiet Dog – Mos Def
8. The Spirit vs. the Kick Drum – Derek Webb
9. Give Blood – Rain Machine
10. The Passenger – Art Brut
11. Electric Twist – A Fine Frenzy
12. Mama’s Little Baby – Delbert McClinton
13. Don’t Lie Down – Round Mountain
14. Throw Down Your Heart – Bela Fleck
16. Williamine – Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard
18. Goodbye – Tingsek
* highly recommended
! highest recommendation
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