“Ishadlak Ya Khey”
We are extremely ecstatic to premiere “Ishadlak Ya Khey,” the second track off Group Doueh’s new album Zayna Jumma. The song, an exquisite blend of Afro-Saharan rhythms and Western psychedelic/funk/rock musics, features Doueh’s sons El Waar (synth) and Hamdan (drum kit), wife Halima, and three female backup singers. This track and the other seven on Zayna Jumma were recorded last year by Hisham Mayet (Sublime Frequencies co-head) in Dakhla, West Sahara. We’ll only be streaming it for awhile, so get your fix now and purchase the new album later, which will be released May 10 — note the new release date — on the one, the only (because trademark laws say so) Sublime Frequencies.
Meanwhile, Group Doueh have tacked on their first-ever tour of North America to their previously announced European tour, the latter of which includes a performance at Animal Collective’s ATP fest. Read all about it here.
• Sublime Frequencies: http://www.sublimefrequencies.com
Head of NNA Tapes (thats Nu New Age for those still wondering) Toby Aronson has a predictably chilly, synthed-out, terrestrial-landscape gliding (I’m just making shit up) project of his own. Listen to the bizarre synthetic vocals on “Planet Waves,” which really make the track work for me.
• Toby Aronson: http://soundcloud.com/nnatapes/toby-aronson-picnic-point
• Cylindrical Habitat Modules: http://cylindricalhabitatmodules.blogspot.com/
What have you been up to lately? Cramming your face full of chips and soda while watching Game of Thrones? Yeah, me too. I guess not everyone can be as productive as James Kirby. This year, we’re lucky enough to be getting two albums by The Caretaker plus another under his Leyland Kirby moniker, along with a series of white label 12-inch records (TMT News). This flood of releases even led a fellow TMTer to refer to Kirby as “ballin’outofcontrol,” and I wouldn’t disagree.
The first of these 12-inch releases is already available in the UK and should be available in the States soon. For your pleasure, stream Kirby’s interpretation of John Denver’s “Annie’s Song” renamed “Ruined Visions” from the first volume of Intrigue & Stuff. Meanwhile, The Wire is offering a 45-minute in-depth interview with Kirby from his Mutek performance last year, which you can stream here.
• Leyland Kirby: http://brainwashed.com/vvm
Black Magic & Mustache [full-album stream]
Hey dude: check out Black Magic & Mustache by Simon Henneman. Not only does he play every instrument on the record, but he also clearly knows his way around the penny whistle. This limited-to-300 nugget was released last week on Assophon.
In my spare time, I watch According to Jim. In Eleanor Friedberger’s spare time, she records a full-length album. INDEED: On July 12, Friedberger is temporarily breaking away from The Fiery Furnaces (like her sibling Matthew) to release Last Summer. Her solo debut will be released July 12. Expect a supporting tour, too.
[Photo: Renee Fentress]