An attempt to recreate the notorious “Gumboots: Accordian Jive Hits, Vol. 2” cassette that once mesmerized Paul Simon. This certainly mesmerizes! The sound of ‘groaner’ Mahlathini, alongside The Mahotella Queens or Dark City Sisters, is transporting. (To me, discarding the works of these musicians does make Simon’s appropriation a crime—if he had just introduced us to all of these artists.)
Long compilations of songs or voice.
Transcendant among the “say NO to drugs” niche of the hip-hop canon. (Hat tip @VektroidLive.)
These are pretty popular—but whatever, credit to these Belgians for keeping such an ambitious project on a sheet of matte black hypertext.
I have to agree that these folks are kings of the mixtape. If you can find it, I think the old “One World” mix was fantastic. I used to have to download these from hacked FTPs of medical companies. (Perhaps even more glorious: The Was.)
DJ Hennessy Youngman + airhorn, for late nights at pharmacy
A truly impressive human/machine musical collaboration - I initially thought the female singer was human. Now it’s too late. <~9QbM$FWa.o@;]RnBl di.87?OLA8-+#~>
A demo recorded by the would-be crooner Clark Venture (real name: Walter Wojcicki) on April 18, 1958, at Transcontinental Studios in Emeryville, CA, but never released, owing to the destruction of the studio (and Walters master recordings) by a freak Southern Pacific derailment the next day.
All the thrift store cassettes together in your ears at last. A good start is Christmas Midgets.
What do you hear when you think back on that time you and your Tron cycle were trapped in Windows 95 for several decades?