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Ramana - (6:34) 88 BPM
   
Bohdran - (6:38) 102 BPM
   
Amazonas - (9:22) 75 BPM
   
Blue Castle - (8:05) 80 BPM
   
Rain - (9:32) 115 BPM
   
Semi-Piliated Human - (4:16) 114 BPM
   
Drala - (9:13) 94 BPM
   
Bendir - (15:11) 106 BPM
   
Sweat Season - (5:40) 99 BPM
   
Seven Heaven - (11:38) 75 BPM
   
Silver Lining - (4:29) 110 BPM
Review: Emotional Rescue is delighted to present a collection of works by the founding father of the modern drum movement, Glen Velez. Collated from his first 3 solo albums from 1985 to 1989, Sweet Season is a snapshot in to the pioneering composing and performance of this four-time Grammy winner. Born in 1949, of Mexican American ancestry, Velez grew up in Texas before moving to New York in 1967. Playing jazz on the drums he soon gravitated to hand drums from around the world (frame drums in particular), seeking out teachers from many different musical traditions.

Among the many instruments Velez favours are the Irish bodhran, the Brazilian pandeiro, the Arabic riq, the North African bendir and the Azerbaijani ghaval. Although these instruments are similar in construction they have their own playing techniques that open new possibilities.

Sweet Season highlights this vocabulary, mixing and adapting techniques from various cultures to develop new ones. The music, often composed as cross-cultural ensembles, has a particular fondness for polyrhythms - superimposing different meters simultaneously - while incorporating Stepping Split-tone and Central Asian Overtone singing to complete the global horizons.

This new genre of contemporary drumming has been hugely influential and seen Velez work with the likes of John Cage and Steve Reich, as well as teaching his virtuosic combinations of hand movements and finger techniques to many emerging players.
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13 Dec 19
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Yamona (Detroit Swindle remix) - (6:17) 125 BPM
Review: Legendary compilers Strut continue their celebration of Ghana's indigenous highlife by
converging the voice and modern African sounds of Pat Thomas and the Kwaishibu Area Band with the alt-contemporary-isms of Detroit Swindle's house and disco. The pair reinforce the skipping, lighter and feel good rhythms of KAB's original instrumentation of "Yamona" and pitch the timeless and iconic voice of Pat Thomas central to the mix, resulting in a peak time number of mass appeal.
STRUT 219S
13 Dec 19
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Boum Boum - (4:46) 113 BPM
   
La Bandolera (efat Empresarios) - (3:12) 80 BPM
   
Escuchame Como Soy - (3:01) 107 BPM
   
Feliz Sintetizador - (3:46) 92 BPM
   
Sonido SiD Africano - (4:27) 64 BPM
   
Momento Mistico - (3:41) 112 BPM
   
Republica De Chonta - (4:32) 107 BPM
   
Mento Moderna - (2:16) 97 BPM
Review: Solo Moderna is a Dutch producer who hails from Tilburg, and who specialises in eclectic grooves inspired by world music, or in his words, "cumbia, Afro, ragga, electroting, lo-fi and baile". Accordingly, this album - his third - ranges from the Latin party vibes of 'La Bandolera' and 'Feliz Sintetizador' to the Afro-funk of 'Boum Boum', via doses of 1950s Jamaica ('Mento Moderna'), high-life ('Momento Disco') and more. Hammonds, hand percussion and fluttering acoustic guitars are much in evidence throughout but there are hints, too, of a more contemporary, post-house/techno production aesthetic on cuts like 'Sonido SiD Africano'.
GCLP 157
16 Dec 19
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