DJ Moon Lagoon feels honoured to play some records tomorrow at Klubi, setting the mood for Ricardo Donoso. The Brazilian composer beguiles us with his creepy-crawly soundscapes, making us feel like entering The Zone of Tarkowsky’s Stalker. Donoso’s new album Sarava Exu is his first for Denovali and a welcome addition to a rapidly growing discography. Gallicinium demonstrates his sonic wizardry:
Sometimes we build blazing bonfires on the sandy shores of the Moon Lagoon. In the early mornings of these happenings we have developed a preference for the mellow side of surf music. Staring into the embers and sipping Monkberry Moon Delight, we love to hear that dreamy twang escorting the gentle rolling of the waves.
The Jokers are one of the bands we’re frequently playing in these hours, making believe that the best surf group of all time doesn’t originate from the West Coast, but from Belgium. Their take on the exotica classic Tabou is boss.
Things were running smoothly in the Sambódromo. The fanciful parade of samba schools was cheered by thousands of people. The carnival had arrived at its peak. But all of a sudden, the good vibes were gone. The last samba school on the schedule didn’t appear as jolly as the others. The bateria seemed to be possessed by dark forces, beating the drums in sinister ecstasis. The dancers didn’t show the bronce lustre of their peers. Instead, their skin was of a ghoulish white.
Ninos Du Brasil are turning samba into something dark and mysterious. Novos Mistérios, released in 2014, is infusing batucada rhythms with the industrial darkness of a warehouse rave. The Italian duo commisioned a video for each track of the album to Carlos Casas, who re-edited seven classics of Brazilian cinema. The track Sombra Da Lua is accompanied by a hypnotising collage throwing together fragments of Limite, a silent movie by Mário Peixoto from 1930.
Songs don’t have necessarily to be sung. They might also be told. This mix focuses on the spoken word: Short stories, allegories, fairytales and philosophical monologues are recited to a blend of dub, jazz, electronica and psych.
Besides some overlooked artists you’ll find acknowledged masters of the spoken word and even a few undercover celebrities: Albert Einstein debates how language and mentality are linked, Arthur Brown dissects time and Debbie Harry plays the tambura in the final tale. If you listen closely, you can even hear her sing in the choir.
1. Phantom Band – Nervous Breakdown (Spoon Records, 1984)
2. Klaus Krüger – In The Meantime (Innovative Communication, 1981)
3. David Byrne – Social Studies (Zonopohone, 1985)
4. Laurie Anderson – From The Air (Warner Brothers, 1982)
5. Anne Clark – Short Story (Red Flame, 1982)
6. Richard Wahnfried – Time Actor (Innovative Communication, 1979)
7. African Head Charge – Language And Mentality (On U-Sound, 1985)
8. Aphrodite’s Child – Aegian Sea (Vertigo, 1972)
9. The Wind In The Willows – There Is But One Truth, Daddy (Capitol Records, 1968)