#1195 Paul Simon – Graceland

An absolute classic. A record that redefined what we think of as ‘pop music’ in the West, and the creative approach of songwriting. I was 13 when this was released and it was my first introduction to ‘world music’. I absolutely loved it as a teenager, and not just because You Can Call Me Al … Continue reading #1195 Paul Simon – Graceland

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#1254 Sun Ra – Space Is The Place

This album is credited to Sun Ra and his Astro Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra, which is without doubt the coolest band name in the universe, period. It was released in 1973, which makes it the same age as me, yet it’ s generally holding up a whole lot better than I am. It’s weird, futuristic, avant-garde, … Continue reading #1254 Sun Ra – Space Is The Place

#1360 Various Artists – Future World Funk

I bought this compilation CD of ‘world’ dance music at WOMAD Festival in 2002, where I remember feeling quite smug sleeping in a campervan whilst most of the people around us were slumming it in tents. It was possibly my first ever weekend music festival in the UK. My girlfriend at the time and I … Continue reading #1360 Various Artists – Future World Funk