Saturday, August 10, 2013

Tribal Circuits

TRIBAL CIRCUITS (DJG Afro-Cosmic mix # 2) 

I have had this combination of records together for a few years yet haven't taken the opportunity to record them until Tommyboy offered his assistance. If it weren't for him, they would still be sitting next to the ones from the last post! It is no coincidence that this mix is a continuation of the vibe from my guest mix on "TechnoSports International" internet radio show in 2010. (link found below in the last post on this blog). Yes, it has been that long since I have recorded a mix AND posted on this blog.....

---->The emphasis here is mid-tempo African (+influenced) tracks with drum machines/electronics/dub effects. I have spiced the mix with various live percussion tracks and broken up the pulse with acoustic drumming coupled with cosmic synth sounds ((interludes)). The attempt is to call to mind the duality of natural indigenous live music vs. the electronic medium of modern sounds (even though the age of the recordings is from mid 80's) ; My take on literally & semantically emulating the much favored underground term "Afro-Cosmic". (I can't deny this was influenced by the spirit of DJ Beppe Loda's classic mix tapes from the legendary Typhoon club.)

With that being said, after playing the mix through a few times, I chose to not make it so streamlined and went with some impulsive intuitions....So there are a few dreamy diversions in dynamics then the mix eventually floats away...away from the microchips dancing in the circuitboard jungles and savannas of the Motherland...into a melodic nocturnal lullaby...



Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Somewhere in Africa 
Zinc - Amazon
Bob James - Macumba
Herbie Hancock - Earth Beat
Wally Badarou - Spider Woman
Manu Dibango - Abele Dance 
(Badarou break/Abele dub)
Zawinul - Waiting for The Rain
Patrick O'Hearn - Malevolent Landscape
Lonnie Liston Smith - Island in the Sun
Sunny Ade & his African Beats - Synchro System reprise
Ralph MacDonald - Play Pen
Mandigo - Dewgal 
Andreas Vollenweider - Pace Verde (slow) 
George Duke's 101 North - Night Voices 


RIP George Duke (2/12/46-8/5/13), who sadly died the day this mix was recorded . The aura will prevail...

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