The top tracks on Bleep, as selected by Gregg Kowalsky
Whichever Way You Are Going, You Are Going Wrong
Woo had a couple of their albums reissued a year or two ago, and for me they were a wonderful discovery. Originally released the early 80s, Woo’s music sounds like nothing else, which is what I’m always drawn to when seeking music. Most of their songs contains some really interest filter work; bubbling synths and melodies, bass through wah-wah and just weird instrumentation in general.
CZ-5000 Sounds and Sequences
Satoshi & Makoto
I recently discovered this album while researching a couple synthesizers like the Casio CZ 5000. I listened to the entire album, not really sure if it was a demo for the CZ 5000, and if it was contemporary or recorded back in the day. I still don’t actually know, but will look into this project and this synth because the music is timeless.
This is what perfection sounds like. Originally recorded by Gigi Masin in 1989, The updated version by Gaussian Blur has Gigi Masin as a member of the band. The first time I heard the Gaussian Blur version was at a show, right before I was going to perform. After listening to the song, I didn’t want to play. I’d rather listen to Broken Clouds on repeat instead.
Munipe Wa Kati
Noir Et Blanc
I went straight to to this album after seeing the artwork knowing nothing of the music. Another reissue gem of strange, otherworldly music from 1983. Congolese electronic music with spoken word, violin, analog electronics and drum machines. Indeed.
Bandit Nrah Master of Rajasthan
Eros in Arabia
Bonker’s track on this recent reissue from Freedom to Spend, which can do no wrong. Combining electronic music with the music of Rajasthan, driven by the flute with what sounds like processed Tanpura. Right up my alley!
Performance One - Face 2
Persian Surgery Dervishes
Need I say more? A Yamaha electric organ tuned to just intonation is the thread that weaves this beast of an album together. The reissue packaging is really beautiful as well. This track is part of two performances, each with two sections that were recorded live in Los Angeles in 1971.
Shinzo No Tobira (My Life Is Big)
Utakata No Hibi
This is a great 1980s Japanese fusion record. This track and the other are infectious, and the kind of music you can listen to on repeat. Palto Flats is releasing some amazing reissues, lately. Excited to hear what they have in the pipeline.
Rain Forest Music: Floating Rain/Alone, By Myself/Child Is Father Of The Man/Song Of The Birds/Dance In The Meadow/Raindrop Fantasy
Rain Forest Music
My introduction to JD Emmanuel was the reissue of his seminal work Wizards. This is his first album, which was just reissued on Aguirre who has released other JD Emmanuel albums. Field recordings of rain, birds and what you’d expect to hear in a rain forest set to soft synth lines making for a really relaxing listen. JD is the real deal.
Empty Quarter (Rub al Khali Desert)
Wave (Electronic Music 1984-1988)
From Burea B, which has a great catalog of German electronic music, kosmiche from 70s and 80s. But, they also released this Dennis Young album of synth workouts and explorations. Dennis Young was also in Liquid Liquid, which you would never guess just by listening to Wave.
Really loving this album. Tape music from France, 76/77. Musique concrète at its finest. There’s a soft drone underneath that I could listen on it’s own for hours with what sounds like an analog synth producing percussive elements on top.