Monday, December 27, 2010

Software Sunrise

Here we have Brüning von Alten's Sunrise Orchestra with the "Malata Suite" LP. No year indicated on cover or label, but from the cat# I'm guessing this would have been released in 1984 or 1985 on Software. Software Music seems to be a guarantee for good music. I don't know a single bad record from this label (must admit I never heard this one). There's an ealier release buy these guys that I don't know yet but I hope to obtain it soon....
The album starts off with 10 minutes of some fine afro cuban jazz. Lots of percussions of course, beautiful piano and some real nice horns too. A2 is all about percussion. Voodoo! Side B kicks off with african fusion in "Latsemanja". I'm unsure about the chanting but hey, the guys obviously had'll also find some relaxed moments on side 2. In one case (B2 "Lady U." with some great guitar shreds ; ) it's awesome - in fact my fave on this LP. The other one is kind of - ahhemm - okay (B3 "For Christina" - stewardess on the Love Boat, I guess). I have thought about leaving it out, but I have done that before and got rewarded with comments on the missing track only. Bloody completists!! For the closing track we return to the heart of africa with the "Kalabash Song". Everybody bring your calabash.....


As a follow up to Cesare's post here's more of the fantastic Monika Linges and her quartet. All killer, no filler and in my humble opinion nothing less than Kitty and Raffaela - even prices for og copies are affordable compared to the expensive ladies just mentioned. Cheers!


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Orbital Star

Not without a good portion of melancholy I am posting this wonderful & romantically rare album. Just recently friend of the bin Jamie tried to contact Li Garattoni after finding this LP and had to find out she had already passed away in 2004 - far too early. When he told me I had to think of one track from this LP - "Orbital Star". It might be a nice thing to think of Li Garattoni as a star orbiting around earth now. I hardly know anything about her (well, her sign was Taurus), but her lyrics and music touched me and when I listen to it she's still here......

buy it, buy it, buy it

Please be so kind and save me from further reup requests. you can buy most of the tunes officially and the money goes to her family.....

Thursday, December 16, 2010

and another one - the joy of cooking #4

our little friend in the pic is now eaten by psyched out squirrels and the remains are covered with snow. HERE's the joy of cooking #4

This one's pretty much "growing bin" style : ) and finally heeeere's the almost complete tracklist:

01. Gaya – Intro
# the german copy of this wonderful LP is slightly different from the french original
Iskander –
Eltneg Tnaig
# private german prog. read the title backwards ; )
Christian Chevalier – Signature

# you spotted a Doom sample? Mee too
Roland Kovac Set –
# keepin the library vibe
Adrian Wagner –
Virgins Of The Sun
# this one's coming from his Inca LP. Very nice record!
Gaya – Allo Atchoum
# also from the german copy, but this does not differ...
07. Joel VDB – Chipland Liquids
# another track from a Colorsound library - a raibow in your record shelf : )
Secret Ströer

# No, I'm not telling the secret!
World Guarantee Ochestra – Boroboro Woman

# a danish group. very interesting and by what I know by now - ALL KILLER
10. Mamadeus – Omenom
# Mamadeus is a group of dutch classically trained musicians and you hear that...
Shlomo Bat Ain - Azure Treasure
# I discovered this artist recently and must admit I'm quite happy about finding him.
Azure Treasure is a wonderful piece of Balearic Jazz IMO

12. International Music System - Mojave
# it is hidden between these electro cuts on the LP
Ned Doheny - I got your number

# mmmmh
General - Come ALone
# this one's coming from an hungarian soundtrack called "Kenguru". should be easy to find in Hungary

Hans Haider - Spanish Autumn
# coming from a nice Selected Sound library
16. ??
G. B. Beckers - September Flight / A Spanish Funeral

# the record was recorded in an art exhibition. It is called "Instead of Painting"
Richard Bartz - Kepler's Law

Finis Africae
- Los Genoveses
# I was in a record shop with a friend and had already paid. He was still listening to some records, so I strolled a bit through the store again and found this record that i've never seen or heard of before. I just tried it and knew immediately it was the best record I found in 5 days of digging .....
Nabatov String Gang & Percussion – Clave For Collin

# for the jazz heads: John Betsch involved.......

"The debut of Simon Nabatov is a great surprise... Not only four musicians communicating here - whole galaxies are dissolving into one another with fireworks and extravagant abundance"
H. Wagner, Stereoplay, November 1989

21. L'Art de Passage - Groovin Too

# open minded world jazz from East Germany 1989
. Should not be too difficult to find...
Jan Schaeffer –
Hot Sand
# from "
Blue Bridges And Red Waves"
23. Monika Linges – Running away
# that's what I call a record - all good!
Wutrio – Hello Hoeppel

# this one's tough to find. One of my favourite german scat jazz tracks.....
George Duke – For Love (I come your friend)

# if you happen to read this: Thanks, Man!

Monday, December 13, 2010

the joy of cooking tea - update

a little later than broadcasted here is November's Joy of cooking.


The Joy Of Cooking Tea:

01. "Music is The Healing Force Of The Universe" by Double X Project
02. "Wings Across The Sea" by Illusion
03. "Life Beyond The Darkness" by Sensations' Fix (thanks, Hatchback - thanks, Zeroy)
04. "La Voglio Di" by Mauro Pelosi
05. "Aspiring Answer" by Surya
06. "Una Splendida Emicrania" by Radar (thanks, Alexis)
07. "Born In Borneo" by Ken Dang (thanks, Tako)
08. "Born Loser" by Men Vision (thanks, Mitch)
09. "Basic" by Bostro Pesopeo
10. "..." by ,,,
11. "Are you ready" by The Equals (thanks, Paul, for the copy)
12. "Time To Let You Down" by Session Victim
13. "Out Of The Storm" by Incognito / Carl Craig Remix
14. "..." by ,,,
15. "..." by Joan Bibiloni
16. "Love Song" by Ralf Moufang
17. "Dreams" by Byrdland
18. "The Mollusk" by Ween (thanks Felipe oder Tobi)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sweet Beginnings

If you like wonderful music go to and listen to Tako's "Sweet Beginnings"

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Relax and you'll be out of that damn thing in no time

Guitar and vibraphone. I'm listening to that combination a lot lately so I thought sharing some of it would be the thing to do. I'm a total sucker for Florian Poser's vibes so there was no need to playcheck the record when I found it in a shop some time ago. I do remember that at home it was the first one on the deck. Some blissed out 40 minutes later I "woke up" and listened to some more records, but none of those was half as nice as this here LP. But beware! The whole record is really relaxed and - of course - acoustic, no drums, no synths etc. Just some good old handmade music!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Star Dance

Mostly solo effort from the guitarist and main songwriter in Jane. Hess is playing guitar, bass, keys and drums. He has help on drums from Bernie Van Der Graaf and Rosebud on a few tracks, Ulli Heicher plays bass and percussion on Vegas, and Wolfgang Krantz provides strings on 3 tracks. Sternentanz was released on the Sky label in 1983. The sound is quite different from the progressive Kraut that Jane was making. More of a cosmic sheen on these jams as befits a record named Star Dance.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Deep in the Bamboo Cosmos

Peaceful Solutions was a collaboration between Kirby Shelstad and Richard Allen, two musicians from Nashville, Tennessee. This, their first lp, was released in 1984. Richard Allen made the instruments he is playing from bamboo. Various flutes including shakuhachi and transverse, whistles and bamboo saxophones were among the instruments used on this recording. Kirby Shelstad added synthesizers, vibraphone and various percussion instruments. The music is a kind of a folk/new age fusion and the result is unbelievable.

Peaceful Solutions

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Space Between by ABEL

Autumn again! I couldn't imagine anything nicer than sitting at home in the warmth, looking at the raindrops run down the window and listen to this beautiful mix Abel is spoiling us with from today on. It's been on repeat since I got it and i'm damn happy to share it with you. Off the hook!! Make sure to check out Abel's mixes on Lovefingers, Dreamchimney, Noncollective and Noiseinmyhead and of course get a copy of his fantastic edits on Blackdisco instantly.
But listen to this first. THE SPACE BETWEEN.
Thanks so much Abel!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Shopping Info

One of my hobbies is to cut, repair and strech odd tracks that make me dance, dance, dance. Andrew Lovefingers pressed some of these tracks on wax now and at least one of the tracks is really burning! This record should be findable in every GOOD recodstore around the globe ; )
Hope you guys dig it.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The joy of cooking KRAUT

Hi folks, tuesday october 19th at 10pm Central European Time (2 pm eastern, 11am western) my second show on will be aired. It's a "Kraut" special this time. A bit of good old krautrock as well as some jazz and obscure 80s stuff... but no Kraftwerk, no Cluster, no Can, almost none of the big names featured but you know them already anyway ; )
Hope you'll enjoy it!! Cheers, Basso

the show is archived now. you can stream or download it here

Starting with a very short track (=no track) by hobby musician group Thotes Schwein and their 1981 hit "Schwuler Frosch". Sounds like there's some good old german beerspirit involved too.
Next up is Alex Oriental Experience. A dealer who showed me that fantastic double album lately called the guy "Türken-Alex". The decision of having a turkish influenced track as the "first" track in a Kraut-Mix is a political one!
Alex is followed by Agitation Free, one of my favourite krautrock bands - ever! This one here called "First Communication" is the opener to their second LP.
"Öffnen Sie Mal Ihre Tasche" comes from a private press 80s LP called Subtanz.
It's followed by Moebius and Rentzihausen's opener of ther Ersatz LP.
Next up my favourite Richard Schneider Jr. tune "Regine's Dance".
"Wereld World" has been edited by Tako and you'll find it on one of the ESP Concentration Vol. 1 12"s.
Off to some more folky vibes we have Gadzho with "Manege" followed by the International Geräuschorchester.
Next is a collaboration of Kraan and Guru Guru called "Leopardenkästchen" unfortunately only to be found on a pretty rare Promo LP from a southern german radiostation. Hugest thanks to Paul at the Plattenrille for that one : )
Next we have Ceddo's mastermind Jochen Schlumpf. Must admit that I forgot the title and can't find the damn record in the chaos right now....
Off to another gifted guitarrero - Martin Müller - accompanied by Hakim Ludin and Michael Höfler with the title track of the truly wonderful Avenida Atlantica LP. Mos definitely one of my favourite finds of the last years.
Voodooish vibes from Frankfurt in "Sister Magic" by Iviron. A strange story about a guy who goes home with a fifteen year old girl and then finds out that girl's got balls ; )
The joy of cooking kraut closes with Janus' "Gravedigger" a perfect neverending kraut hymn from the UK.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Explosive Sounds . . .

Timer is the second lp from Gian Piero Reverberi, published in 1976. The music ranges from laid back atmospheric tracks with gorgeous female vocals, to full tilt epic renditions of classical compositions featuring synth heavy arrangements. It's all built for long lasting listening pleasure. (Are you sold yet?)


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

the growing bin informs again

After Cracklin' Chimney (thanks a lot, man) posted a Lullatone video over at Dreamchiney's TOTD I ordered the first copy I could get a hold of. This is some damn beautiful music. I'm pretty sure it will make children sleep and dream the sweetest dreams but it also creates a wonderful atmosphere in our adult kitchen everytime I play that CD (and that's almost daily!!!)

How they promote the CD here: “Let Lullatone send you to sleep with their newest collection of lullabies. Originally composed for their newborn son, this set of merry-go-round melodies is the perfect bedtime background music for babies and adults alike. Each track is specially composed to loop seamlessly using the “repeat one” function on your CD or mp3 player, allowing unlimited long listening. Single melodies can also be enjoyed seamlessly for hours at a time as you drift to dreams, letting the songs spin in circles. And the artwork also uses a special die cut cover to allow the music’s disc to spin too! The production on the album features a high level of sound science to ensure ultimate effectiveness in snooze induction. Underwater recordings, heartbeats as drumbeats and tape hiss as ambient white noise are just the beginning of the shuteye science the duo employed to create their most careful concept album to date.”

Ace present for young parents btw ; )

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Constellation Latvia

Disco Alliance is the first lp recorded by Latvian instrumental rock band, Zodiac. The group was organized by composer Jānis Lūsēns and the band was made up of fellow students from the Latvian State Conservatory. This lp was enormously successful and is still highly regarded 30 years later. The music leans more towards space rock than disco, with synthesizers taking a prominent role in the mix.

Disco Alliance

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fields of Estonia

That last post went over so well I'll try not to post any more cosmic disco lps. Downloads galore, but when you label it cheese people are embarrassed to give it their approval, even when it's well played and included in the top disco mixes. My girlfriend predicted this result and she called it right. Ha ha.

Now for something completely different. Synopsis was an Estonian progressive rock band originally formed in 1977.
Igor Garšnek and Nevil Blumberg joined the band in 1978, Garšnek on keyboards and Blumberg on guitar and synthesizers. Material for an album was recorded but was never released. The band took a break for several years and then reformed in 1984 with a few new members. They recorded this lp and it was released in 1986 on the Melodiya label. The music veers from heavy prog, to symphonic rock to cosmic ambiance. The longest tracks are very relaxed, bordering on new age.


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hot Rocks

HOT R.S. = House Of The Rising Sun. They were a South African disco rock band who published their first discs in 1977. Their first two lps featured extended disco versions of rock classics. You can probably guess which famous track was covered on this, their initial effort. It's extended to over 14 minutes and features quite a bit of cheese (cake). 2 more tracks on the b-side also with a heavy disco flavor.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

the growing bin informs

I have bought a record lately and I love it. Its a comp and it is called "Future Cosmic Grooves". Library stuff only. Had a few tracks on record already but spend way too much money on those. Now I got a few more (that I couldn't afford as original copies anyway) and I'm damn happy with it. You may get it at your local recordstore or buy it directly from the man who made it here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

listen to the radio...

I just wanted to let you guys know that from tomorrow (tuesday sept. 21st) I'm going to have monthly show on called "the joy of cooking". I'd be happy if you'd drop in for some lovely tunes. If you dig the music we post here you might like the stew I'm about to cook there.

Cheers, Basso

PS. The show is now archived and you can listen here

Thanks for Visiting!

From those three Craig Leon records I know (Visiting, Nommos, Tapes Of Atoya) this one's my favourite. Wonderful mellow and atmospheric tracks alternating with uptempo electronica. (Discogs describes it "Leftfield, Dark Ambient, Abstract, Illbient, Ambient" : ) Check out his œuvre as a producer - pretty impressive list he got there. Pretty great record you get here...

Thanks for visiting, folks. May I now lead you to the almighty Lunar Atrium because this record has been posted there in February already! All props to NRC and thanks to anonymous for the heads up. The link to my own rip from original vinyl is still in the comments.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

They've Left the Window Open Again . . .

Czech jazz keyboardist Emil Viklický assembled a tightly knit crew for this outing. Bill Frisell on electric guitar and Kermit Driscoll on electric bass (Frisell and Driscoll have a long history together) and rounding off the rhythm section is drummer Vinton Johnson. The band nailed the jazz funk sound with this one. Viklický's synths and clavinet lines bounce well with Driscoll's bass workouts. We also get a preview of Frisell's future sound as a leader with this recording. Okno turned 30 this year. Still sounds fresh . . .


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"Cadavre Exquis" By Ronny & Renzo

Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau.

We're unbelievably happy to have a superb mix by the "Kings of Downtempo" - Ronny & Renzo in the growing bin. If you belong to the four persons on the globe who don't know these guys and their label King Kung Foo yet, just buy their records (they're amazing - Broken Fingers incl. a Sombrero Galaxy remix came out a few weeks ago : ) and check out their interview (and of course the mix) at Cosmic Disco. But first listen to this mix. It's different from most of the mixes I've yet heard. They are precisely cutting vocal samples from german TV, overlaying laid back Ronny & Renzo originals and pearls from the vast collection. Next level ; )
Dear listener, I know you love it gloomy, spiritiual and a tad surreal -
so may I present Cadavre Exquis

your pocket grows seafood on the moon

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Good Vibes . . .

Here is a later edition of the Volker Kriegel sound (1981). Volker is pushing the envelope as usual with his sitar-guitar and vibraphone heavy arrangements, courtesy of Wolfgang Schlüter. Journal features top talent from the experimental jazz world and the tracks cover a wide range of moods. This is a solid keeper, and currently my favorite Kriegel.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Jazz in the Clouds . . .

This lp represents the first of many collaborations between Karin Krog and John Surman. The two musicians had in common a love of the poetry of Paul Rowlands and decided to base this music on his works. Karin chose her favorites and she and John went into the studio and laid down these tracks. The music was recorded in 1976 with the help of Stu Martin on drums and Janet Cooke on piano and string ensemble. John is playing synthesizers, which are very prominent on this recording, bari and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet, piano and guitar, and of course Karin is the vocalist singing these poems. The release of this music was delayed 3 years by lack of funds. The mix-down finally occurred in 1979 and the music was released on the Polydor label in the West and on Poljazz in Eastern Europe. The Poljazz release is different from the Polydor issue in that only Karin's name appeared on the cover.

An acquaintance recently observed that "women are not particularly fond of listening to this album". So, if you happen to be a woman and are turned off by this music please leave a comment. I would like to know what it is about this recording that is offensive to women. Conversely, if you like this music, feel free to comment on that as well. This is experimental jazz, so an acquired taste. I am curious to know why 'women' in particular would be offended by this music which is the work of 2 WOMEN and 2 men . . .

Cloud Line Blue

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Strings Attached . . .

Strings? All over this record. Heinz Fröhling's guitars are very prominent in this late release which dropped in 1979. Gerd Führs is covering drums and synths per usual. 3 drummers on this release and yet another string player. Credits. A few of the tracks have a symphonic edge, but all the tracks have a cosmic shimmer; loads of synths. Well worth adding to your collection.


More music to sit back and relax

Music to read books by, Part III

on Deepfrequency's Cosmic Connections
Thanks Chidi

PS. you'll find Part2 at NOISEINMYHEAD

and heeeeere's the tracklist:

Zero 7 - Futures
Jeff Liberman - Transformation
1. Futurologischer Kongress - Fair Light
Christian Darré - Perceneige
Craig Leon - One Hundred Steps
Earforce Band - Spaceflight II
Ralph Lundsten - Cosmo Nova
Irmin Schmidt - Im Herzen des Hurrikan
Giovanni Cristiani - Violence Love
Rüdiger Oppermann - Nebelreiter
Dutch Treats - San Sebastian
James Vincent - Etüde 20
Li Garratoni - Child of Venus/Orbital Star
Giovanni Cristiani - Dancing For Diletta
Müller, Ludin, Höfler - Tage des Friedens
Geoff Bastow - Tomorrow's City
Eroc - Von der Insel
Toti Soler - all

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

japanese muscles and heat

Here's another gem from Jamie's treasure chest!
Let the man himself tell you something about this rcord and digging in Japan:

"I found this record in Osaka which in my opinion is heaps better for digging than Tokyo - especially for Japanese records. There was one shop in Amerikamura which was run by a great guy called Norio who was totally digging the Electronic/Disco/Fusion/Cosmic sound. He had some great records in the store but it was mostly European or American and by this stage I totally had the bug for the Japanese stuff! I seem to remember I had to ask him if he had any Japanese records though because there were none or very few on display. After a bit of rummaging around the storage he passed me a handful of Japanese records. I found it strange that there were so few Japanese records on display but I quickly learned the reason for this was that the locals simply weren't so interested in the Japanese stuff. Aside from the fact that so few Japanese pressed records make there way to these shores, this might be the reason that rarely even get to hear about any of these gems. Norio seemed to be one of the few that really digs the Japanese stuff though and he really got a kick out of my enthusiasm for this stuff and it was great in turn to share some of my own Japanese discoveries.

It's pretty hard to find too much information about the group Imitation only that it was their debut LP and it was formed by former Sadistic Mika Band keybordist Yu Imai. The LP also features guest appearances from Dolette McDonald and Steve Scales who both performed with Talking Heads and Imitation certainly seem to have been inspired by that later Talking Heads sound. I guess it was the track 'Narcissa' which first had me flipping out in Norio's shop coming all over like some new DFA record. The blissed out 'Oriental Oriental' sealed the deal for me but definitely give the rest a chance too as there's some real growers on there!"

Thanks A TON Jamie!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Disco Frog?

Paris France Transit is a Didier Marouani project from 1982. Kind of a cross-genre exercise with some tracks fitting the cosmic disco mold and others sounding like The Wall era Pink Floyd. Marouani (Ecama on this release) was in good company with a fairly large crew of talented musicians helping with the sound.

Paris France Transit

Monday, July 26, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Music to read books by

"Music to read books by" is a series of laid back mixes.
Part 1 is available at NONCOLLECTIVE now.
Hope you'll enjoy it. Cheers!

Monday, July 12, 2010

the universe is completely velvet

As requested by Cesare here's Velevet Universe's second LP. Same guys, same style, same label, same fantastic synthesizer presets, same epic guitar sounds. Cheers!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

a shot from the hip

new mix for Cosmic Connections on Deep Frequency.
check it out! Cheers
PS. More mellow mixes coming up this summer.........

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Star Gazing

Constellations was the first lp released by Peru. This sleeve was the original and was designed by Peter Kommers of Peru. Once again we have a release with all electronic instrumentation; synthesizers and electronic drums.