Sublime Frequencies

1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground

1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground

This is the latest LP I’ve purchased from the Sublime Frequencies label. They put out tons of quality world music that will melt your brains…here’s how they describe themselves:

SUBLIME FREQUENCIES is a collective of explorers dedicated to acquiring and exposing obscure sights and sounds from modern and traditional urban and rural frontiers via film and video, field recordings, radio and short wave transmissions, international folk and pop music, sound anomalies, and other forms of human and natural expression not documented sufficiently through all channels of academic research, the modern recording industry, media, or corporate foundations. SUBLIME FREQUENCIES is focused on an aesthetic of extra-geography and soulful experience inspired by music and culture, world travel, research, and the pioneering recording labels of the past…

Uh, okay, nerds….could y’all sound any nerdier?

But I guess it’s their adventures in nerdiness that make these records and cds so goddamn awesome. Seriously, it’s like these guys are the Indiana Joneses of the music industry…if it wasn’t for them I would have never even heard of Omar Souleyman never mind own the Highway To Hassake cd…or the truly awesome Radio Thailand: Transmissions from the Tropical Kingdom cd!

Who else is going to bring you an album by a man that sings lyrics whispered to him by a chain smoking poet and a 2 cd set of Thai radio transmissions from 1989-2004?

Oh, um, back to the LP in the picture! 1970’s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground is a collection Rai music from the 70s (in case you didn’t already figure that one out from the title)…and it’s another great album of music I never would have heard if it wasn’t for Sublime Frequencies.

But what in the Hell is Rai music anyway? Well, I really don’t have time to go into a history lesson here so feel free to click THIS and read about Rai music to your heart’s content….which really means, “I dunno.”

But what I do know is this: Any band that looks this fucking good has to make beautiful music.

Groupe El Azhar

Groupe El Azhar

Go to Passion Of The Weiss Blog to hear those bad boys perform “Mazal Nesker Mazal (I’m Still Getting Drunk… Still.)”