Around The World In A Neddy Daze Edition: Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, Xylouris White, Noura Mint Seymali & More
The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band: Planet Lam
Time to get into the magic RecommNeds Bus and hop the globe in search of awesome tunes. First stop is Thailand for The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band. The group was formed out of a DJ project that sought to bring some long-lost Thai sounds back to life. This group combines traditional Thai molam sounds and instrumentation with a full suite of recognizable grooves from Afrobeat to dub and straight funky rock. Their just-released Planet Lam is an incredibly addictive and far-reaching album, a stunning collection of exotic funk and esoteric melodies. Good shit.
Shabaka And The Ancestors: Wisdom Of The Elders
Next stop is South Africa where U.K. saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings recruited his band, called Shakaba And the Ancestors for his newest release. Hutchings has been featured here in the RecommNeds as part as Comet Is Coming, but his newest project is a revelation of jazz, somehow rooted in the past and the future all at once, a modern day Sun Ra. The record, Wisdom Of The Elders, is groovy and thought-provoking, a true sonic adventure of the highest degree, music that transcends and enlightens. Wisdom Of The Elders, is this year’s The Epic equally universal and expansive. Don’t miss out.
Xylouris White: Black Peak
Xylouris White is a duo comprised of lutist George Xylouris from Crete and drummer Jim White from Australia. One of those rare pairs whose names together actually make a cool-sounding band name and whose musical talents match up just as perfectly. Their newest release is Black Peak, equal parts hypnotic and pulsing and filled with a fascinating otherness that’s unlike anything you’ve heard and yet totally accessible. This one will pull you in deep. Enjoy!
Noura Mint Seymali: Arbina
Finally, we stop in Mauritania, Africa and catch up with Noura Mint Seymali. Noura’s music is a true fusion of her native Moorish with more contemporary sounds. The result is a fascinating blend, an otherworldly disco with deep rhythms and almost electronica melodies. Seymali is a master of the traditional ardine, a harp used only by women and is joined by her husband on the lute-like tidinit as well as a percolating, psychedelic guitar. Get at it before the bus heads back home with or without you!