Hani is a record collector and DJ living in the quaint seaside town of Sydney. When he’s not burning his retinas on Discogs and inhaling mold spores, he enjoys watching old oddball movies and cooking. “Picking five all-time favourites would be near impossible, so I figured doing a list with constraints would be a little easier. Here’s “Top 5 under €5!” – just to show there’s more to record collecting than buying stuff online and paying through the nose for the flavour of the week!”
Mauricio Kagel – Match Für 3 Spieler / Musik Für Renaissance-Instrumente (1968, Deutsch Grammophon)
I remember hearing John Zorn talking about how he used to play Kagel to freak out his friends and parents, and I’ve always kept an eye out for copies of his records since. The piece on the 2nd side, “Music for Renaissance Instruments” is just incredibly otherworldly – Kagel worked with an Early music ensemble for the recording, coinciding with the interest in Early music that was developing around the 1960s through musicians like Thomas Binkley and David Munrow. The large ensemble of unique instruments come together to create music that sounds, paradoxically, both intriguingly new and unique yet old and rooted in history. Deutsche Grammophon’s “Avant Garde” series is usually a sure bet, issuing records by 20th century titans like Stockausen, Luc Ferrari and Roland Kayn. Now if only I could find “Acustica” for $2 as well!
Various Artists – Sound And Silence (1969, Cambridge University Press)
This was actually out the front of a great used bookstore here that gets a fair amount of classical records. The subtitle “Classroom Projects in Creative Music” piqued my interest – turns out it’s children experimenting with modern classical techniques, from Aleatoric composition to Musique Concrete, so well worth the punt. Incredible, joyous music. Makes me wonder what kids would be like if programs like this were taught in schools today!
Krootchey – Qu’Est-Ce Qu’Il A (D’Plus Que Moi Ce Négro Là?) (1984, Casablanca)
The “Hot Voodoo Dub” on the flip is the one here – weird and spaced out 100bpm electro with all manner of crazy synths and sound effects (including roosters crowing). Krootchey was part of the disco group “Love International” with Phillip Chany, whose solo LP is incredible weirdo new wave. I was lucky enough to find 2 copies of this 12″ in the same crate at an antiques market on the Cote d’Azur, I guess it’s a relatively common record in that part of France
Andy Nelson – Bionic Eyes (1982, Carrere)
Super unique boogie 45 on Carrere, with a real “outsider” feel. As you can see from the sleeve, “Andy” is actually a one-off project of Serge Ponsar, written in collaboration with the French visionary weirdo J.P Massiera! Heard this one in a Tom Noble mix a couple years ago and been after a copy since. I figured it was on Carrere and would turn up somewhere for chea. Lo and behold, I found this copy in a shop in Beirut.
Tim Harper – I Feel A Groove (1996, Peacefrog)
Shortly after I finished High School and was living on the Gold Coast, I would regularly hit up Butter Beats records in Southport They had this huge DJ collection of pretty stellar house & techno, every 12 was a fiver. This was really the first time I got to grips with House and Techno, learning a lot about the 2nd wave Chicago stuff that was well-represented in the crates and is still some of my favourite music ever. Funky, deep, raw, and downright odd in places, the era of Cajual/Relief, Djax-up Beats, Peacefrog and Dance Mania are unmatched for me! This 12″ by Tim Harper is still one of my faves, with the dreamy “Lakeshore Drive’, and doesn’t suffer from the abysmal mastering of his otherwise killer Dance Mania 12”.
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