Friday, May 7, 2021

Dream Weapons Present: I AM THE RESURRECTION C60

 
 
Soulful, spiritual and spaced out oriental/occidental jazz-fusions with throbbing bassline-grooves may not be the gospel of salvation for all humankind. But it radiates warm vibes which will make you feel good and put a grin on your face. At least it has that effect on me. Enjoy! -Moahaha

1 Jacky Giordano - Fluid Man
2 Amancio D'Silva - What Maria Sees
3 Augusto Martelli - Nanaue
4 Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - The Other Face
5 Association - Jazzper
6 Kyriakos Sfetsas - From a Foreign Land - από ξένο τόπο
7 Paz - Time Stood Still

8 Tri Atma - The Bird Of Power
9 Clivage - Eudjal
10 Oneness of Juju - West Wind
11 Shankar Jaikishan • Rais Khan - Raga Bhairav
12 Andrea Centazzo - First And Last Freedom
13 Mahagon - Pulnocni
14 Moonstruck - A Space in Time

I Am the Resurrection is the sixth or seventh (...maybe eighth) incarnation in my ever expanding universe of «carefully selected jazz fused with other stuff-gems»-mixtapes. Here’s links to the previous six: Celestial Space Inn, Per Aspera ad Astra, Sun Sprites, Music of the Spheres, The High Priestess and Fourth World (+ most of We Travel the Earthways & Spirits Unknown). That’s more than ten hours of music, sweet music in total! 

Here / Here

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Sabah - El Shahroura (C60)

 
 
While waiting for my upcoming mix to broadcast here’s one more improved and repackaged Moahaha bonus-compilation «from the vaults». A relatively simliar 2x45 version was shared elsewhere in early 2013. 

Sabah (1927-2014), also known as El Shahroura (=Blackbird) was a Lebanese singer and actress whose fame spread all over the arab and western world. Still I've never come across anything near a decent attempt on collecting an album worth of highlights out of the reported 3500 songs in her repertoire. Which is why I decided to have a go at it myself. The end result is this hour (or 2x30) of tunes selected from almost 20 hours worth of recordings. To my ears Sabah's voice doesn't quite match the otherworldly beauty of Fairuz’, but she could hold a note a for about a minute. Plus the instrumentation is in general more traditional/folkier and often infectiously furious -Moahaha

1 Mafesh Gheirak
2 La'a Ya Melowaa Le Albi
3 An Nada 'Nada
4 Minqullak Fakeena
5 Tou' Oua Doub
6 Laish Bitiz'al Laish Bitghar

7 Ya Bou Al-Hajanah
8 Ya Habibi Ya Hayati
9 Ya Tayr Ezzaroura
10 Dek el Kaff
11 Ya Omma Men Chab Bhalhay
12 Aho Da Ely Benhebo

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Dream Weapons present: OFF THE RAILS C60

A ‘trip to heave and ho, up down, to and fro' is good for you every once in a while. Isn't it good to be lost in the wood? Just make sure you don’t get stuck in there forever. Off the Rails is a musical journey that gently entices you off the straight and narrow path, luring you into the great unknown. Safe travels! -Moahaha

1 Daniele Sepe - Che Fine Ha Fatto Beppe Pupilla?
2 Cinorama - A Moon Cat
3 Olivia Byington - Mãe
4 Non Credo - Faux Afro
5 Sylvia Anderson - Dangerous Game (From 'The Cham Cham’)
6 Mark McDowell - Dark Weave
7 Jacqueline Hyde and the Moonfolk - Runaway
8 Blear Moon - I’ Not Ready Right Now
9 Joseph Koo / 顧嘉煇 - Oh My Love
10 Dif Juz - Tabla Piece

11 Vampira - Beat Poem
12 Oronzo De Filippi - Castello Stregato
13 Hermine - Blue Angel
14 Philippe d'Aram - La Valse Grinçante
15 Caldera - Share With Me The Pain
16 Populäre Mechanik - Für Ein Paar Deutschmarks
17 Bart Wolffe - Danse Macabre
18 Art Farmer & The Baroque Orchestra - Prelude In "a" Minor
19 Randy Greif - The Hole To Heaven
20 Daniela Casa - Occultismo

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Dream Weapons present: SUNSET, SUNRISE C60

 
 
Spring is here!! This surely means the much sought-after summer of 2021 is just around the corner as well. I aimed for Sunset, Sunrise to sound like your dream holiday on a paradise island of yesteryear. Looking forward whilst longing back so to speak. A dozen plus one magical tunes packed with strings, flutes, kīkākilas, vibes, kotos, bongos, congas, boo bams, gongs, whistling and humming (m.m.)… accompanied by six enchanting songs. In a coconutshell: here’s another exotica-mix! -Moahaha

1 Jan Lindblad - Mera Dil Ye Pugri
2 Paul Mark- Gion Kouta
3 Ìxtahuele - Mareld
4 Muzzy Marcellino - Beyond the Reef
5 Stanley Black - Flamingo
6 Eve Boswell - Moon Above Malaya
7 Edmond De Luca - The Trek
8 Lombardo Twins - Arabian Drums
9 Linda Lawson - Where Flamingos Fly

10 Luis Enriquez - Mercato Delle Schiave
11 Tak Shindo - For You
12 Billy Ward, voc. Eddie Herring - Moonlight and Shadows
13 Bob Kojima and his Orchestra - Genroku Hanami Odori
14 Group Thirty Orchestra - Caracao
15 Bing Crosby - Home in Hawaii
16 Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica - Moai Thief
17 George De Fretes - Sweet Luana
18 Les Paul & Mary Ford - Farewell
19 Sam Taylor - Lullaby of Itsuki

Here / Here 

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-and for more exotica check out Sunward & Distant Drums

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Fairuz - Neighbor to the Moon, Ambassador to the Stars & Jewel of Babylon 90x3

I'll be about a week till I post my next mix and I recently reuploded this trilogy of Fairuz-compilations made back in 2012, 2013 and 2014 - so why not share them here... I thought. It really is quite an uniquely amazing four and a half hour of music from what may just be my favorite artist. Not as skilfully compiled as you've gotten used to, but you still get all the amazing songs. A little out of character and quite a few tunes here has got millions of plays on youtube/spotify etc... so I'll probably remove this post at some point (or maybe I won't). Grab 'em all while you can! -Moahaha

Here's the covers with links and what I originally wrote:

Fairuz is all I've been listening to lately, and as I plan to get as much of her music as possible, this might just be a part one. There's a flood of Fairuz collections already out there but as far as I know, none of them are similar to the 90 minutes collected for you here:

The A-side has a slight vintage feel containing mainly 50’s/60’s material while the next 45 minutes focus more on the Rahbani Bros penned 60's and 70’s large scale operettas/stage performances (including a couple of instrumentals), but also her biggest hits. There's a mix of more traditional folk songs and her westernised vocal jazz/poppier stuff on both sides. It shouldn’t be possible not to love this.

I was always planning to make a second Fairuz-collecton. What I wrote when I shared Neighbor to the Moon, basically goes for this volume as well,

My third, last and latest (I swear) compilation for the artist also known as Jewel of Babylon, Neighbor to the Moon and Ambassador to the Stars. An unplanned trilogy of carefully handpicked tunes originating from about 70-80 albums. The material here is still just as strong as on the two previous ones. Seriously, it is. What can I say, I'm such a fanboy and while she's a superstar in the greater parts of the middle east, literally nobody knows about here in the western world. Or atleast in the part of the world where I live. Her oldest material on the A-side as usual.

 -and btw, after compiling these I've kept discovering plenty more gorgeous Fairuz-gems. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Dream Weapons present: UP ABOVE, DOWN BELOW C60

 
 
Whenever the world feels like an ugly, stupid, cold and evil place - which is quite often really… the beauty of music is always there to help me «out of the darkness and into the light*». Now here's a dozen heart-worn-on-their-sleeve-songs and a handful of complementary instrumentals. Originating from different centuries, cultures and environments, yet still sharing a common ground in mood, mode and general loveliness. All gently melancholic folk music in one way or another, but with a few modern classical and early music excursions. So dear friends, time to start our healing process and let music be your shrink, life coach or drug. Try it! The first hour is free! Sorry, got a bit carried away there. But its a nice little mixtape -Moahaha (*inspirational quote: Pantera - Cowboys From Hell)

 
1 Wileńszczyzna - Oj, Zaszło Słonko
2 Agate Simfonia - A Lullaby (From "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword")
3 Kaoguiamo - Guine-Kaoberdi
4 The Martin Sisters - Piccadilly Billy
5 Wall Matthews (feat. Andrew Williams & Rusty Clark) - The Village
6 Aarti Mukherji - Sab Loke Koy Lalan Ki Jaat Sansare
7 Brigada Victor Jara - Manolo Mio
8 Yovanna (Γιοβάννα) - Ο Tάφος

 9 Rovi - Buccheri
10 Popi Asteriadi (Πόπη Αστεριάδη) - Αφιέρωμα Στον Χορτάτζη
11 Aitana Alberti & Dúo Amanecer - Danza de la Pastora
12 Sylvain Chauveau + Chant 1450 Renaissance Ensemble - Pues que tu reina + Mi libertad
13 Helga Myhr - Du skal ikke døren stenge
14 Maciej Żołnowski - Kwartet Japonski II
15 Maria Joao - Senhora Santa Combinha
16 Chucha Assar - Badiour
17 Abdallah Chahine - Ya Nas Ana Mutt

Here / Here 

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-Guine-Kaoberdi is just one among countless gems I've been sent over the years from well... someone I don't know who is, but I know it's a generous person who's got a lot of great, unheard music to share. So do check out Monkey D. Sound's youtube-account.


Friday, March 5, 2021

Dream Weapons present: PERENNIAL FLOWERS C60

Sing and dance along to melodies that sound like something your grandparents or rather great-grandparents could have spun at parties or in their spare time. That is if they were lucky enough to enjoy such things as parties and spare time... plus had eccentric but nevertheless impeccable taste - and owned a record player.

-Here's another wilted floral grouping of largely unheard six to eight decades old «popular music», revived. Twenty-two memorable, but strangely forgotten tunes that deserve our love and attention. This time slightly melodramatic and moonlit oldies with only a couple of fun novelty songs added in between the haunting and the heartbreak. Mostly musical expressions that hardly exist in our vocabulary anymore. Yet to me these pre-Fab Four era gems, speak directly to the heart -Moahaha


1 Djalma Ferreira e Seus Milionarios do Ritmo - Misterioso
2 Elder Barber - Jinetes en el Cielo
3 Eddie Miller And His Band - Ghost Town
4 Hank Levine & The Blazers - Midnight
5 Ronnie Chapman - Annie B. Is Gone
6 Lorrie Collins - Another Man Done Gone
7 Fred Lowery - The Lonesome Road
8 Elsa Bertuzzi  & Gianni Fallabrino Y Su Orquesta - Sera Di Nebbia
9 Onilda Figueiredo - Se Deus Assim o Quis
10 Jean Bonal y sus Ritmos Brasileiros - Bongiorno Tristezza
11 Carmen Costa - Começo de Vida

12 Tomás Campos & Waldo De Los Rios - El Indio Muerto
13 Kenny Graham and His Satellites - Chant
14 Hiroshi Wada & Mahina Stars -  誰よりも君を愛す
15 Amiek Dasuki - Loro Bronto
16 Jack Fascinato - Spring, Sprang, Sprung
17 The Chordettes - Moonlight On the Ganges
18 The Dinning Sisters - A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow
19 Waldo de los Ríos - Cueca Del Reloj
20 Patsy Montana - Yodeling Ghost
21 Beryl Davis - Careless
22 Walter Wanderley & Seu Conjunto - Ruega Por Nosotros

Here / Here

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Dream Weapons present: ACROPODIUM C60


As a curator of mixtapes, this time I decided to invite 17 artists/composers to interpret a sculpture by Brâncuși. Haha no I didn’t. Originally I found a catalogue with an «ugly» (but in a great way) Jean Arp-piece pictured on the front page that I wanted to use as cover art. Naturally I started collecting a bunch of twisted tunes. But as often before I ended up in more beautiful place than where I started. Eventually the selected music didn’t really resemble ‘Ptolemy II’ at all anymore. So at the finishing stages I swapped that in favour of this alluring work of art instead. Finally here’s the equivalence to the exquisite «Mlle Pogany II» in sound. Somewhat -Moahaha.

1 Omoide Hatoba - A Scab Forms Crone
2 Anthony Davis - Prolog (The Days In Space)
3 Remo De Vico - If you disappear, the vacuum...
4 Bill Frisell - Under a Golden Sky
5 Maria Joao - No Dia Em Que As Flores Comeram Os Passaros
6 Egisto Macchi - Un Violoncello Magico
7 Vittorio Gelmetti - Lied Romantico
8 T. Isotani & K. Yoshimatu - Lehte
9 Lalo Schifrin - Acupuncture #1

10 Alabaster DePlume - Pastry
11 Fabio Fabor - Asteroidal
12 Paul Castanier - Pera Geta Elena
13 Эдуард Садоян - Две пьесы для виолончели соло 1. Zargo 2. Allegro
14 Kaija Saariaho - Überzeugung
(performed by The Norwegian Soloists' Choir/Oslo Sinfonietta/Grete Pedersen)
15 Les Fragments de la Nuit - Soleils Noirs pour Lune Blanche
16 Sic - Ella Se Desliza
17 Janko Nilovic - Un Piano Dans L'Espace

Here / Here

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Dream Weapons present: CELESTIAL SPACE INN C60

 
«Jazzing through the luminiferous ether» goes the strapline... which was the title of an interesting article I never read. For several millennia ether was thought to exist everywhere in space - as a fifth element of sorts. We have now come to learn that ether is superfluous. But that’s irrelevant to this musical voyage in vivid and spirited jazz fusion packed with sizzling grooves and scattered with heavenly chants. I have no idea what I’m talking about, but: Can you dig it? -Moahaha
 

1 Azteca - A Night In Nazca
2 Angelo Noce Santoro - Odessa - part I
3 Hiromasa Suzuki - Gentle Wave
4 Tom Scott - North
5 Ed Thigpen's Action-re-action - Danish Drive
6 Jerzy Milian - Czasem Bez Tercji
7 Young-Holt Unlimited - Queen Of The Nile

8 Puzzle - Haiku
9 Tranzam - Tranzam
10 Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski - Sweet Beat
11 The Chris Hinze Combination - A Collection of Potsherd
12 Volker Kriegel - Spanish Soul
13 Ambiance - Quasar 


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Like this? Try these: Per Aspera ad Astra, Sun Sprites, Music of the Spheres, The High Priestess and Fourth World (+ most of Spirits Unknown).

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Dream Weapons present: THE INNOCENTS C90


Up here in the northern hemisphere January is the coldest month of the year. And after a couple of mournful or dystopian shares, it's time once again to let a little sunshine in. In addition to fill your soundspace with beauty and bright welcoming warmth, these tunes will provide you with a healthy dose of vitamin D. Those who know me won’t be surprised to find glimpses of darkness in the light and vice versa - which means you need not to worry about overdosing on cuteness (depending a little on your level of tolerance I suppose). I could simply have written that The Innocents along with Safe Space is the Place, Birds of a Feather and Windswept Daydream makes for a six hours long quadrilogy of gently comforting melodies and trust that those four titles (plus the cover art) were explaination enough in themselves -Moahaha


1 Brewer & Shipley - Mass for M'Lady
2 Manfred Mann- Love Theme
3 Lori Balmer - Here Before The Sun
4 Cross Country - Just a Thought
5 Mindaugas Urbaitis - Antra Dalis
6 Karen Jones - Millicent Green
7 New Temple - Psalm 100
8 Ciato & Ciato's - Aria Per Elisa
9 Paula Moore - Learn to be Free
10 Li Garattoni - Find Out What I'm Dreaming
11 Bruno Nicolai - Nostalgia Di Un Incontro
12 Reparata & the Delrons - Mama's Little Girl
13 The Cowsills - The Prophecy Of Daniel And John The Divine (Six-Six-Six)
14 Elmer Bernstein - I Love You, Alice B. Toklas
15 Lesley Duncan - The Serf

16 Vindharpen - Rosenhaven
17 Beaver & Krause - Looking Back Now
18 Hareton Salvanini - Solidão
19 The Playmates - Gi Ikke Opp
20 Gary Lewis - Look Here Comes The Sun
21 The Children Of Sunshine - Uncle Harry
22 René Costy And His Orchestra - Easy To Be In Love
23 Karen Lafferty - Nothing Can Separate
24 Prelude - Or Maybe The Autumn
25 Alan Parker - Melody and Lace
26 Chunky, Novi & Ernie - Italian Sea
27 Lorn Smith - Last Sunset
28 The Tempters - All Day I Call Your Name
29 Jade - Prelude Willow's End

Here / Here

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Dream Weapons present: SECTOR UNIT C60

 

If you fuse the future utopian concept of (Kraftwerk’s) Computer World with the subterranean dystopia of Mark of the Mole (by The Residents) and add to that a Kafkaesque bureaucratic nightmare - you’ll find yourself somewhere in the neighbourhood of Sector Unit. There’s literally tons of reasons I’d rather have my not all bright, not totally bleak distant future as seen from the early 1980’s - instead of the future we got. The matching analogue electronic score being one of them - Moahaha


1 Danielle Kenny - Alarm Clock
2 Lamartine - Skylab
3 96 Eyes - Chromata
4 Tibet & Australië  - Tibet 2
5 Tomita - M3 (Main Title)
6 Ptôse - Like a Mouse
7 Rodion G.A. - Elastic
8 Al Mati - A Day Will Rise
9 Colin Potter - The Lope 1
10 Catfish - Sahara

11 Sympathy Nervous - Naniga
12 Belbury Poly  - Lord Belbury's Folly
13 Alu - Big Fon
14 Sociedades en Tetra Brik - Niño Organo
15 Renaldo & The Loaf - City Rhythm
16 Schaltkreis Wassermann - Dune Dance
17 Cosmic Neighbourhood - Vampire Bat
18 Haruomi Hosono - La Gojo

Here / Here 

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