The Moscow friend is back! Audio gourmet of the widest range, a passionate digger and simply the dude, Hipushit is a resident of ARMA17 and Mutabor club. Excited to share with you his favorite 5 pieces of music.
Roland Young – Isophonic Boogie Woogie (Flow Chart Records, 1980 / EM Records, 2005)
Oof! Quite a while ago i wasn’t so puzzled by the choice. But if i managed to pick out top five i could also mark one of five the most favorite. And that would be Roland Young’s Isophonic Boogie Woogie, released in 1980 and reissued for the first time in 2005 on japanese EM Records.
5 free jazz improvisations, 4 of which were recorded straight in the concert, live in Mapenzi, Berkeley (some legendary jazz club in California i suppose), one in the studio. Kalimba, two saxophones, two clarinets (classical and electronic bass clarinet), bells, electronic drone and one man with beautiful soprano that he uses in a very dexterous way. And also! Just have a look on the cover! Definitely the most favorite!
Ghédalia Tazartès – Diasporas (and inestimable «Works 1977-79» box as a whole) (Cobalt, 1979 / Vinyl-on-Demand, 2011)
Ghédalia Tazartès is an idol and a genius. And his “improvis” (as he calls his works) have long been used as my versatile soundtrack for any time of the day or night. When I’m down in the dumps or having fun, in a rage, in readiness for mischief, in meditation, contemplation or indifference – his music is always suitable for my inner vibe.
The reissue era’s greatest label “Vinyl-on-Demand“ released super box with the first five albums of Monsieur. Oops, and here again I need to choose one .. Ok, let it be the “Diasporas”.
This is a pure sound design of a drama performance. The magic is that you come up with a plot of the play with eyes closed while listening to the record. At least i did just like that! I can’t say that i closely monitor all the new “field recording” and “sound art” releases but it seems to me that this is one of the last year’s diamonds in this genre. The “Dance” is so exquisite that I thanked God again for the fact that we have ears.
Still not asleep? Don’t wake up yet! Because it’s better to listen to this cassette horizontally and with eyes closed. But louder! This is a frank, sometimes beauteous aggressive vocal trip by Anna Makay, an habitant of Budapest.
The cassette was presented to me by a close friend of mine who moved from Moscow to Budapest. He is a vibrant hero of Moscow’s nightlife and a kind of a mascot of our crew. This gift is an excellent result of his Budapest local scene research (which he did immediately after moving).
Well, only if you’re ready for a revelation!
And finally, the dessert! Rap. No, don’t rush to leave after this word. There will be no teenagers with tattooed faces and cloned beats. But there’s a guy who, i think, makes this genre really worth attention. Absolutely unconventional production sometimes even with quite psychedelic backup track, not typical looks and the absence of vulgar clichés, forcing many people to avoid this huge part of the musical culture.
These two albums – “Veteran” (i recommend to have it on a tape) and “All My Heroes Are Cornballs” (proper sound for the vinyl format) – made this rapper from Baltimore a super star even over the sea. Almost all of his upcoming eurotours are already sold out. Okay, i’m sorry, as if i were writing an advertising press release. Just recommend it! If you try to figure out “the art of rap” concept, then JPEGMAFIA is definitely the perfect illustration.
Check also the mix Ihor recorded for the series back in 2017: