Recent Bandcamp pickups (SEP 4 – OCT 2)

Hey friends, I return with another one of these posts. I would normally say that it has been a while since I’ve done this but the flow of time has ceased to have any meaning to me in 2020. Bandcamp has been continuing to do their Bandcamp Fridays after their first one they did which means I have a bunch more music that I picked up and I would like to talk about.

The first one is Live at WOMAD 1985 by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. This is a qawwali album; qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music. This kind of music is not something that is normally on my radar and I would like to thank the Bandcamp Daily blog for bringing this to my attention because it is a wonderful listen. The sheer ecstatic energy of the performances builds up through each of these tracks and really showcases why Nusrat was a legend of this genre.

The second one is Sufi Dub Brothers by Ashraf Sharif Khan & Viktor Marek. This album combines the sounds of the sitar and the sound of acid dub and industrial to a fantastic effect. The very concept of combining these sounds is something that never occurred to me and now that I’ve heard this, I want more in this style. Truly a unique gem that I also found due to a post from the Bandcamp Daily blog.

The third one is How Can I by park hye jin. I don’t think I have talked about park hye jin before on this blog. Her music is what I call ethereal club music or maybe dark house. Its music you can easily envision being part of a DJ’s set at a club while also having a bit of a melancholic and lonely vibe to it. Her last album is also worth a listen if you do end up enjoying this one. I didn’t realize she had released a new album because it was released under a different Bandcamp account, here’s hoping I don’t miss out on more of her releases.

The fourth one is Reknowing by Lena Raine. This is a remix album containing remixes of tracks from her debut artist album Oneknowing. I love the variety of remixes on offer from different artists, no track sounds the same. I’m a big fan of Lena’s work and I’m glad to see her collaborate with other artists like this. My most favourite remix is the one by Yasunori Nishiki because it has this sort of haunted ethereal feel to it that I really like. It reminds me of a certain haunted section from Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

The fifth one is わたしの小さなGALAXY by ミカヅキBIGWAVE. For those of y’all unfamiliar with Mikazuki Bigwave, they usually make music in the future funk genre which is a very upbeat genre but this album signals Bigwave’s move into a more chill downtempo style. Very much borrowing aspects of the lo-fi aesthetic and combining it with future funk. This is a very nice and soothing album to listen to on a rainy autumn morning.

The sixth one is Hades: Original Soundtrack by Darren Korb. Ever since Hades was released, Hades has been on my mind. What an incredible game. I bought this OST really for just the one track, the Eurydice solo of Good Riddance with Ashley Barrett’s lovely voice on it. That song really just makes me cry a little bit because of how good her voice is. The rest of the soundtrack is another slam dunk by Darren who has done music for previous Supergiant games before.

The seventh one is Seven Times Down Eight Times Up by Elzhi. I haven’t listened to Elzhi in a while, the last time was when he released his Illmatic homage album Elmatic. I am happy to say that this Detroit area legend is still incredible at what he does. His lyricism is on point and the production on this album is some of the best production I’ve heard in a Elzhi record; shoutout to JR Swiftz.

The eight one is Run Away by Tycho and rum.gold. I’ve talked about Tycho before on this blog so y’all might already know that I’m a fan. This collaboration with rum.gold is quite possibly some of the best Tycho that I’ve heard in a while. rum.gold’s husky voice is smooth as hell and it especially shines on the acoustic version of Run Away. If this is the start of collaborations between these two artists I’m excited to see what the future has in store.

The ninth one is Go Bravely by Denise Chaila. Y’all wonder what happens when a talented artist rhymes Irish with English? Well wonder no more, after you listen to this album you will know what that sounds like. I found this via the Bandcamp Daily blog and I instantly fell in love with Denise’s flow and style, the way she uses wordplay in a cheeky humorous way. I’m really looking forward to hearing her over some better production and especially production that is a little more minimal than it already is because I think it will really allow her spoken word delivery style to shine.

That’s all from me this time around. I hope y’all find something that you enjoy amongst the above. I won’t make any promises about having another of these posts in the near future but I really hope I can write one of these again soon as they are truly a lot of fun to write. Stay safe and see y’all next time.