For Whom the Cowbell Tolls
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||Dans Le Couer Du Feu (In the Heart of the Fire)||Karthala 72||2:29||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Audible Soul||The Audible Doctor & Spanglish Fly||3:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Youba||Khaira Arby & Sway Machinery||5:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Bad Position||Little Shalimar||3:19||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tagamba||Cheick Hamala Diabate||5:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Pink Wasabi||Polythythmics||4:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Take On Me||NO BS! Brass||3:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Bossa||Os Magrelos||2:34||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sigi Diya||Cheick Hamala Diabate||4:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||We Will Begin||Super Hi Fi||3:29||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Gedawo (Kiddid Gedubwo Remix)||Debo Band & Kiddid||4:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Delores||Karthala 72||3:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Canada Drive||Magrela Rose||1:36||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||NO BS! Brass||NO BS! Brass||4:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Latin Soul Stew (Kill Emil Remix)||Spanglish Fly||3:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Melting||Little Shalimar||3:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Luz Negra||Os Magrelos||5:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Single Payer (Victor Rice Remix)||Super Hi Fi||3:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
head-spinning expedition through a world of exotic and funky music.
The newest compilation from Brooklyn’s Electric Cowbell Records is a head-spinning expedition through a world of exotic and funky music. Collecting material originally released on 7″ singles over the past year, the selection of tunes encompasses mellow horn-driven soul workouts, west African blues songs, echo-laden dancefloor stompers, downtempo reggae spaceouts, and much more. The variety is staggering; the common bond is an adherence to that indefinable quality of groove, the element that moves a crowd and captivates the listener.
Particular standouts include the two songs by Malian virtuoso Cheick Hamala Diabaté, the No BS! Brass Band’s gleeful romp through “Take On Me”, the languid and hypnotic “Luz Negra” by Os Magrelos, and the headnodding goodness of Spangllish Fly and The Audible Doctor’s “Audible Soul”. But there’s not a bad track in the bunch, and unlike many compilations, the contrast from track to track makes each individual number shine more brightly. Funkiness is the sole shared sensibility, the common denominator of all these artists, and Electric Cowbell is worthy of applause for bringing them together for this release.