1/ Bog a 'Lochain - MaryJane Lamond (Lamond) 3.20 2/ Kazan Toren - Yat-Kha (Yat-Kha) 6.32 3/ Laulutytto - Varttina (Varttina) 3.33 4/ Angus Dei - Laurel MacDonald (MacDonald) 5.14 5/ Reel - Ashley MacIsaac (MacIsaac) 1.51 6/ Black Lotus - Bill Laswell/Sacred System (Laswell) 10.15 7/ E Horo - MaryJane Lamond (Lamond) 5.25 8/ Kaldak Khamar - Yat-Kha (Yat-Kha) 2.43 9/ Lukey - Great Big Sea w/ the Chieftans (Great Big Sea) 3.23 (Radio Mix) 10/ Wing & A Prayer - Laurel MacDonald (MacDonald) 6.27 (Laswell Remix) 11/ Vihmax - Varttina (Varttina) 3.32 12/ X-Ibit-I - Bill Laswell/Sacred System (Laswell,Haynes) 7.45 Tracks 6 and 12 recorded and mixed at Orange Music, West Orange, New Jersey Tracks 6 and 12 produced by Bill Laswell Engineering: Robert Musso Additional production and mix translation on track 10 by Bill Laswell Executive Producer: Paddy Maloney(6,12) Gulam Mohamed Khan: harmonium, voice; Susan Deyhim: voice; Dave Liebman & Byard Lancaster: soprano saxophone; Graham Haynes: coronet; Craig Harris: trombone; Clive Bell: khene, shakuhachi; Nicky Skopelitis: 6 and 12 string guitars; Bernie Worrell: organ, electric piano; Bill Laswell: bass, keyboard, percussion; Jah Wobble: bass; Zakir Hussain: tabla, voice; Bill Buchen: tabals, ektar, log drum, percussion; Hamid Drake: drums, frame drum; Aiyb Dieng: chatan, bells.
1998 - Wicklow Records (USA), RCDJ-63367-2 (CD)
This album is a break from mainstream electronica - more world music... and this time they mean it.
Jumping from Central America to Europe to Africa and Asia, this album has a good diverse selection of roots: Juan-Carlos Formell's Cuban ballads, Varttina's high-pitched Finnish folk-pop (amazing), Gaellic chanting by Mary Jane Lamond, Alpha Yaya Diallo's African folk... and have you ever heard of 'throat singing' from northern Mongolia?
The spice gets hotter with electronica-laced remixes and compositions. Bass maestro Bill Laswell appears with "Black Lotus" and Yat-Kha's throat-singing is swirled by the Transglobal Underground. Japanese remixer and dj, Fantastic Plastic Machine, does a funky refix of one of the Finnish folk songs. And Laurel MacDonald's soft-spoken nursery rhyme is fused with soft-yet-powerful lounge-jazz. And the Celtic stuff is turned into Celtronics.
It is an equal blend of roots and future, and I must say it is one of the best world music albums I own because of its authentic world flavour -and the electronica enhances it. A warning: this disc is more on the mellow, chill side... so fast-paced, mind-blowing, bassy beats and rhythms are not what it is trying to show.
It gets you in other ways.
I say grab some Mai-Tai, some Tortilla chips with salsa and just listen.
Vijay Choksi (courtesy of the Ethno Techno website)