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Brian Eno & David Byrne – Moonlight in Glory

Another great slice of Avant-Funk/Electronica from Eno & Byrne’s seminal 1981 album ‘My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts’. This one has a very haunting feel to it, with sampled voices that give us snapshots of a narrative which leaves one with a sense of ambiguity. Is the old lady letting in friend or foe? Finding out where these voice samples come from has appeared to be fruitless so far, as the only nod to a sample in the track is from the ‘Moving Hall Star Singers’; from their track ‘Moonlight in Glory’*, where Byrne & Eno nicked the title from. So the narrative will always remain a mystery, and will always have a touch of menace to it, and maybe that’s for the best.

  • track this down if you can, it’s incredible.

Half Japanese – Open Book

From 1989’s ‘The Band That Would Be King’, and album which housed throwaway country ditties…..and then tracks like this (see also ‘Open Your Eyes/Close Your Eyes’ on The Sentinel). This piece is phenomenal and see’s Jad Fair and co channeling Ornette Coleman, Captain Beefheart, The Residents, and The Velvet Underground. One perfect minute that just has you wishing for so much more, leaving you with the only option of playing it again, because it’s brilliant.

Warmth – Refracted

This artist lives up to his name and delivers some lovely, immersive Dub Techno. This featured on the 2016 compilation ‘Espectrum: The Avantroots Dub Techno Compilation’

Dan Curtin – Devotion

Ohio’s Dan Curtin with a track from his 1994 album ‘Silicon Dawn’, where the motor city sound is deeply imbedded into every beat. This track is all hi-hat shuffle and woozy strings.

Popol Vuh – In Den Gärten Pharaos

The Sentinel Sunday sermon begins with the title track from Popol Vuh’s 1971 album ‘In Den Gärten Pharaos’. Let us pray!

Liliental – Stresemannstrasse

Compelling opening track from the 1978 album ‘Liliental’; a self-titled debut from a band that were a kind of Krautrock supergroup. The band were Conny Plank. Dieter Moebius, Asmus Tietchens and Okko Bekker, along with bassist Helmut Hattler and flute/saxophonist Johannes Pappert; both from KRAAN. ‘Stresemannstrasse’ is organic, and subtly hypnotic; and bears close resemblance to the music of Cluster (unsurprisingly when you realise the whole project is led by Moebius).

DeepChord Presents Echospace – Burnt Sage

Deep down in the aquatic depths lives a Detroit Techno producer Rod Modell, and in 2010 he released an incredible album titled ‘Liumin’. Come, dive in and hear for yourself.

James Brown – Body Heat

The title track from James Brown’s 1976 album is hypnotic, relentless Funk that only the Godfather could deliver.

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – German TV 1972

1. Steal Softly Thru Snow (0:01)

2. Click Clack: (3:26)

3. Golden Birdies: (7:06)

4. I’m Gonna Booglarize You, Baby: (9:03)

TactiK – Return

Dubby, lush Techno from this duo; released yesterday. This is the last track on brand new EP ‘Entering Detroit’.

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