Friday, February 06, 2009

Abstract Index Playlist - February 4/09

It's only February and already I'm contemplating a couple of discs as potential year end top 10s. (You think you hate making lists, only to find it's impossible to turn off the nerd switch in your head...)

One disc I'm going to be writing about in due time, but the capper of set number one tonight was Novalima's superfunky "Kumana". Admittedly it was a bit of a leap from Norway to Peru in a single bound, but I do enjoy Novalima next to glitchier beats. Its Afro-Peruvian grooves matched well with the splattered polyrhtyhms of Svalastog.

Coba Coba is the name of their new album, and it's inspired from start to finish. Novalima manage to balance dense and tricky rhythms with warmer sounds. There's a pleasing smoothness to it, which may turn some people off, but if you can't past that and lock into these arrangements you're made of stone. It's a broken beat masterpiece - I would hope that anyone who appreciates succinct drum programming checks this out.

Here's and interview/review I did with Novalima for February's Exclaim.


i ain't scared - on ka'a davis (livewired)
track 3, shade grown - ghostlight (inyrdisk)
enero 18 - huelepega sound system (no label)
trafelato - ennio morricone (ipecac)
frantic behavior - wicked witch (em)
tenor on the call - tommy mccook and the discosonics (soul jazz)
totina - dream algebra (no label)
timberwork - svalastog (rune gramofon)
kumana - nova lima (cumbancha)
chakavak - chakavak ensemble (global heritage)
badawileaf - marina rosenfeld vs. badawi (ROIR)
decocton - arthur bull/daniel heikkalo (ambiances magnetiques)
field - nemeth (thrill jockey)
tchamanche - rokia traore (nonesuch)
jenn ee rocka - version xcursion/treson rmx. by nate wize (vx)
jamming - black roots players (wackies)
cassandra - dennis brown (observer)
straight to the heathen head - i roy (blood and fire)

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