Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Cultural Manifesto: Black Friday Record Store Day vinyl picks

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 4:34 AM


I've always tried to avoid the consumer mayhem that is Black Friday, but in 2010 the folks who brought us Record Store Day created a tempting reason to venture into the madness: Black Friday Record Store Day. Eschewing the performance and party elements of the original Record Store Day, the Black Friday version focuses more on merchandise - particularly exclusive, limited edition vinyl releases.

There's been a plethora of incredible vinyl releases over the course 2012, so in honor of Black Friday Record Store Day, I decided to spotlight a few of my favorites. The following selection represents A Cultural Manifesto's guide to the most interesting and elaborate vinyl issues over the last year. Some of these titles are available locally at shops like LUNA and Indy CD & Vinyl, while the rest can be tracked down at online vinyl merchants like London's Phonica or Chicago's Dusty Groove.

Can - Lost Tapes - 5LP set (Spoon Records)

A massive collection of outtakes from Germany's beloved groundbreaking psych-rock band. Essential listening for Can followers and fans of experimental music in general.

Fela - Vinyl Box Set #2 Compiled by Ginger Baker - 6LP set (Knitting Factory)

An excellent follow up to last year's box set compiled by the Root's drummer ?uestlove. Round two features six classic Fela afrobeat albums handpicked by Cream drummer and Fela collaborator Ginger Baker.

Mala - Mala in Cuba - 4LP set (Brownswood)

A beautifully packaged vinyl edition of dubstep pioneer Mala's experimental foray into Afro-Cuban music.

Jende Ri Palenge - 5LP set & DVD (Soul Jazz)

The Soul Jazz label is highly regarded for their elaborate packaging and research, but they've outdone themselves on this massive set of traditional sounds from the coastal Colombian area of San Basilio De Palenque, the first freed slave community in the Americas. The impressive box set contains five discs of the percussive, African - - influenced sounds and a DVD documentary on the project.

Ondatrópica - self titled - 3LP set & 7" (Soundway)

Produced by the U.K.'s Will Quantic and Colombia's Mario Galeano, Ondatrópica is without a doubt my favorite album of the year. Fortunately the packaging on this vinyl release matches the superb quality of the music.

Super Biton De Segou - self titled - limited deluxe edition (Kindred Spirits)

Hauntiing, soulful grooves from Mali on this limited edition, vinyl reissue of Super Biton's classic 1977 LP featuring traditional and electric instrumentation.

Grup Ses Beats - Beats & Pieces from 60s & 70s Turkish Psychedelia (Defo)

Ultra-limited vinyl only release featuring hip-hop influenced edits and remixes of vintage Turkish funk and rock.

Thai Funk - Volume Two - 2LP deluxe edition (Light in the Attic)

Gorgeously packaged in a Thai print hand-stitched cloth outer sleeve, Thai Funk features a groovy collection of vintage soul, rock and pop from Thailand.

Myrian Makenwa - La Extraordinaria Myrian Makenwa (Kindred Spirits)

Vinyl only reissue of this super-rare Colombian afro-psychedlic classic by the mysterious Myrian Makenwa band.

Batida - self titled - 180 gram pressing (Soundway)

The brainchild of Portuguese DJ Mpula, Batida features vintage African guitar textures colliding with contemporary Angolan kuduro beats, creating a completely fresh and original sound.

Omar Souleyman - Leh Jani - 2LP set (Sham Palace)

A vinyl only reissue of Syrian musician Omar Souleyman's legendary 1998 cassette - - only release Leh Jani. The raucous title track is featured here for the first time in its entirety: 30 minutes of crazed Electro-Syrian grooves.

Francis Bebey - African Electronic Music 1975-82 - 2LP set (Born Bad)

Long overdue retrospective set from legendary Cameroonian musician and music theorist Francis Bebey. Very nice 500 gram vinyl pressing.

Alfonso Lovo - La Gigantona (The Numero Group)

A lost album of psychedelic Latin jazz and Afro-Caribbean grooves from Nicaraguan composer/guitarist Alfonso Lovo. The LP's eccentric production techniques have drawn comparisons with Lee Perry. Another great project from The Numero Group.

Indonesian Pop Nostalgia - compilation (Sham Palace)

Limited edition, vinyl only release of Indonesian pop and folk music from the 1970s and '80s. Western - - style fuzz guitars and spacey synths adorn a variety of pan-Asian sounds in this one of a kind collection.

Each edition of A Cultural Manifesto features a mix from Kyle Long, spotlighting music from around the globe. This week's selection features music from Kyle's Black Friday Record Store Day picks.

You can download and subscribe to the Cultural Manifesto podcast on Itunes here.

1. Super Biton De Segou - Siseni
2. Royal Sprites - Noom Rai Por
3. Alfonso Lovo - La Gigantona
4. Francis Bebey - Agatha
5. Batida - Alegria
6. Mala - Changuito
7. Fela Kuti - Roforofo Fight
8. Ondatrópica - Tiene Sabor, Tiene Saz
9. Santiago Ospino - Mi Gallina
10. Can - Red Hot Indians
11. Myrian Makenwa - Amapondo
12. Omar Souleyman - Eih Min Elemkom
13. Grup Ses Beats - Dim Dim Viy Viy

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