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2009-06-05 16:26
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Mann Friday
This Zimbabwean-cored group has gained a lot of attention and a very loyal fan base on the London gig circuit since successfully transporting their original brand of Southern African musical styles to those shores a few years ago. One listen to this gorgeous, melodic modern rocker and you know why. Off their brand new CD, 'Waiting for the Flash'. Listen/Download: Merry Hill 

Mr Cat & the Jackal
Gertjie Besselsen and Jacques du Plessis weave xylophones, glockenspiels, accordion, lap-slide, bouzouki, melodica, kalimba and percussion into this mesmerising acoustic folk blues cocktail off their debut album "Themes and Variations". Tom Waits fans, this one's for you. Listen/Download: Walk the Plank 

7th Son
Mother City ska-rock favourites fire off this contagious first single from their excellent new album 'Ontology'.
Listen/Download: On My Holiday

Mr Gelatine
Cutting edge Mother City electronica practitioner mainlines some serious demons onto the dancefloor this ill-bient mash that adds an aptly dark, gritty, futuristic edge into the soundtrack to author Lauren Beukes' novel, 'Moxyland'.
Listen/Download: Unknown Quantity 

Prolific CT hip-hop producer (cf. Writers Block, The Maniac Metalloids, and Metaphysical Misfits) gives blunted heads and beat freaks their fix with this chilled out, headnod construction off his "The First Toke" EP, released in anticipation of his upcoming debut. "Slowboat Sessions vol.1". Listen/Download: Super Zero ft. Fungus 

Plus, our Demo of the month: Landi Lu
Some lo-fi City Bowl bedsit angsty country-indie from this emerging female singer-songwriter off her 8-track debut demo release. Listen/Download: When All the Good Love is Gone.

And a few copiously cool international freebies, this week from our friends over at Revenant Records

Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band
Tuff-ass garage punk implodes into mutant rhythm 'n blues, extraterrestrial field hollers, austere "classical" miniatures, loping sea shanties, scorched-earth delta blues, free-blowing skronk, fat-bottom groove and hell, post-everything clangour off off the classic Grow Fins: Rarities [1965-1982] box set. 1999. The closest to a "Best Of" Beefheart collection you're likely to hear, this career-spanning set corrals rare tracks from a variety of sources (band members' personal archives, live tracks, demos, worktapes, radio spots) along with over 30 minutes of Enhanced CD footage of live performances, 112 pages of text and never-published photos, the complete Trout Mask Replica house sessions, and John Drumbo French's "colorful" history of the band. "Hear a captain and his truly magic band. If you got ears, you gotta listen." Download: Electricity courtesy of Revenant Records (Right click and choose 'Save As': be patient).

Albert Ayler
"Trane was the father. Pharoah the son. I was the Holy Ghost" said this hard blowing saxophonist. One listen to this sublimely spiritual rendition of jazz standard, "Summertime" and you'll know exactly where he's coming from. Off the Grammy-nominated, eminently collectable 9CD box set of radio and TV sessions, studio demos, private recordings, live concert footage, Holy Ghost. Download: Summertime (edit) courtesy of Revenant Records (Right click and choose 'Save As': be patient).

Cecil Taylor
The jazz zeitgeist shifts on this classic live conversation between American pianist Cecil Taylor, saxophonist Jimmy Lyons and drummer Sunny Murray off the seminal 2CD set Nefertiti, The Beautiful One Has Come Live at the Cafe Montmartre, 1962. While Lyons' sinuous solos look back to the boppish past, it's Taylor's angular, percussive attack and unconventional harmonies and Murray's "coruscating, arrhythmic washes" that pave the shape of future jazz to come. Download: Call courtesy of Revenant Records (Right click and choose 'Save As': be patient).

PLUS! From the vault's: this week's cult classic MP3

National Wake
Ska, punk and reggae rock fans are going to groove on this classic SA rock blast from the past courtesy of this pioneering early-80's band from Johannesburg. Off their album, 'Prague Set'.
Listen/Download: International News.

Download some contagious ska-rock, fab folk blues, blunted rap, and edgy electro. Plus seminal spiritual jazz joints from Albert Ayler and Cecil Taylor, a badass Captain Beefheart blues and more.
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