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Outro Tempo: Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil, 1978-1992

    For their first multi-artist compilation, Music From Memory take us on a trip to the heart of the Amazon rainforest. "Outro Tempo: Electronic and Contemporary Music From Brazil, 1978-1992" is a double LP that explores the outer reaches of Brazilian music, where indigenous rhythms mix with synthesizers and where MPB mingles with drum computers. As Brazil faced the last years of its military dictatorship and transition to democracy, a generation of forward-thinking musicians developed an alternative vision of Brazilian music and culture. They embraced traditionally shunned electronic production methods and infused their music with elements of ambient, jazz-fusion, and minimalism. At the same time they referenced the musical forms and spirituality of indigenous tribes from the Amazon. The music they produced was a complex and mesmerising tapestry that vividly evoked Brazilian landscapes and simultaneously reached out to the world beyond its borders. The product of extensive research, this compilation is a unique introduction to this visionary music and features many fresh discoveries in a country well trodden by record diggers. It gathers tracks from obscure albums that have for too long been neglected by even the most avid collectors of Brazilian music. It includes now highly sought after music by Andréa Daltro, Maria Rita, and Fernando Falcão, as well as unknown gems like those of Cinema, Carlinhos Santos, and Anno Luz. This is an essential release that reveals a broader spectrum of Brazilian music, striking a unique sonic signature that is full of innovation, experimentation, and beauty. Compiled by John Gómez and featuring extensive liner notes, Outro Tempo showcases this overlooked corner in Brazil’s rich music history for the first time.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: How do they keep on doing it? MFM deliver another vital release here, mining a rich and rare scene of Brazilian electronics to expand minds and move bodies in the most unconventional way. Proper froglicking tackle from back in the day!

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Piry Reis - O Sol Na Janela
    2. Nando Carneiro - G.R.E.S. Luxo Artezanal
    3. Cinema - Sem Toto
    4. Os Mulheres Negras - So Quero Um Xodo
    5. Fernando Falcao - Amanhecer Tabajra
    6. Anno Luz - Por Que
    7. Andrea Daltro - Kiua
    8. Os Mulheres Negras - Maoscolorida
    9. Bene Fonteles - O M M
    10. Carlinhos Santos - Giramundo
    11. Priscilla Ermel - Gestos De Equilibrio
    12. Carioca - Branca
    13. Marco Bosco - Sol Da Manha
    14. Maria Rita - Cantico Brasileiro No. 3 (Kamaiura)
    15. Marco Bosco - Madeira II
    16. Priscilla Ermel - Corpo Do Vento
    17. Luhli E Lucina - E Foi 

    Various Artists

    Outro Tempo II €

      As Amsterdam's chief musicologists, Music From Memory have spent the past six years guiding us through unheard ambient, Balearic, boogie and Afro-wave, opening our minds and tickling our pleasure centres with their rare delights. After a string of flawless reissues and a fresh LP from Gaussian Curve, MFM dropped their first compilation at the start of 2017, inviting expert digger John Gómez to take stock of the bizarre bedroom pop, Amazonian electronics and offbeat MPB born out of 80s Brazil. As close to perfection as it gets, the compilation flew off our Piccadilly shelves, dominated Mancunian turntables and put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces.

      Outro Tempo II: Electronic and Contemporary Music from Brazil, 1984-1996 is the second installment of Music From Memory’s Brazilian series. This volume picks up where the first Outro Tempo left off, shedding light on a new wave of experimentalism that emerged in Brazil in the late 1980s and 1990s. The twenty tracks collected uncover another area of Brazilian music that looked to the future for inspiration. This time it drifts beyond the rainforest and into the pulsating heart of Brazil’s great cities, where it meets a generation of young artists eager to radically change the face of contemporary Brazilian music. In "Outro Tempo II" the avant garde and pop worlds meld in a haze of percussion and electronics. It presents another uncompromising and magnetic reinterpretation of the limits of Brazilian music.

      "Outro Tempo II" is compiled again by John Gómez and features original artwork by Alice Quaresma.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Patrick says: John Gómez goes back to Brazil for a second instalment of rare gems, leftfield pop and percussive tone poems. There's too many winners to mention here, but I've been after that May East track for about 3 years now, and it's worth the entry fee alone...

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. May East - Maraka
      A2. Dequinha E Zaba - Preposições
      A3. Oharaska - A Fábula
      A4. Fausto Fawcett - Shopping De Voodoos
      A5. R. H. Jackson - O Gato De Schrödinger
      B1. Edson Natale - Nina Maika
      B2. Akira S - Tokei
      B3. Low Key Hackers - Emotionless
      B4. Chance - Samba Do Morro
      B5. Jorge Degas & Marcelo Salazar - Ilha Grande
      C1. Priscilla Ermel - Americua
      C2. Voluntários Da Pátria - Marcha
      C3. Angel’s Breath - Velvet
      C4. Fausto Fawcett - Império Dos Sentidos
      C5. Chance - Intro-Amazônia
      D1. Tetê Espíndola - Quero-Quero
      D2. Nelson Angelo - Harmonía De Água
      D3. Jorge Mello - A Natureza Reza
      D4. Júlio Pimentel - Gersal
      D5. Tião Neto - Carrousel

      Music From Memory are excited to introduce another new group for 2021, this time presenting the self-titled debut album from Loveshadow.

      Currently based in San Francisco, the duo of Anya and Izaak initially met whilst working in an Oakland cafe in 2016. The two Californians quickly bonded over a track by the ’80s disco band Aurra which was playing over the radio and almost immediately their separate journeys in music became interwoven. They soon began to write music and creating their own work would become a way for the pair to get closer to the sound they were searching for, as well as enabling them to discover the healing power of making and listening to music.

      ‘Loveshadow’ was recorded predominantly in the Bay Area between 2017-2020 as well as whilst traveling to NYC, Chicago and around Portland. Having released previously as the outfit ‘S Transporter’ alongside Detroit friend Ryan Spencer, Loveshadow is formed of Anya as singer and song writer alongside Izaak on synthesizers, bass and percussion. This eight track album is the duo’s first release; exploring emotive Pop and DIY Funk leanings it stands as a joyful homage to the music they bond over, as well as an ode to their own love and friendship.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. 7
      A2. No Control
      A3. Passthru
      A4. Severance
      B1. More
      B2. Pleasure Idler
      B3. Tableaux Vivant
      B4. Wildflowers

      Various Artists

      Virtual Dreams: Ambient Explorations In The House & Techno Age 1993-1997

        Music From Memory turns 50 with a special release "Virtual Dreams: Ambient Explorations In The House & Techno Age, 1993-1997". The first in a series of compilations, alongside more in depth artist-focused releases, "Virtual Dreams" will delve into music produced during the 1990’s that redefined the boundaries of ‘Ambient’. This was music that explored the possibilities of Ambient music within a new setting, created often by House & Techno music producers for a world beyond dance floors but made very much with the pre and post-clubbing listener in mind.

        When House and Techno exploded out of America in the mid 1980s a whole generation was redefined not only musically but also culturally and chemically speaking. Peaking, quite literally, with a second ‘Summer of Love’ in 1988, millions of young people across the world would experience the life-changing ups of a brave new world but with it of course came the downs; enter the concept of a ‘Chill-out’ room. Whilst early Chill-out rooms lacked a specific sound and were often soundtracked by music such as reggae and soul, slowly young Techno and House producers themselves would become increasingly interested in developing a futuristic ‘Ambient’ soundtrack to a world beyond the thud of the main room.

        ‘Ambient’ in this new age now though had sharper teeth than in Brian Eno's key text for ‘Music for Airports’, instead here the sounds were the mode of transport rather than the backdrop. While the melodies were pretty, the soundscape steered away from the pastoral, dreaming of outer-space and technology as opening up exciting new dimensions. Much like in the first Summer Of Love; the musicians were again exploring psychedelic, mind-altering and transcendental possibilities of music. And also much as in the first Summer Of Love, a psychedelic visual language would accompany the music. Though now the tracks could be accompanied by music videos, utilising early CGI techniques, they would look almost entirely to the future: envisioning technology, nature and humanity intertwined in a new Utopian future. Virtual Dreams of a better world.

        From Ambient and early Chill-out classics, to lesser known one-off projects, as well as Ambient deviations by some of House and Techno’s leading producers, Volume One of Virtual Dreams features tracks by Bedouin Ascent, LA Synthesis, LFO, Marc Hollander, Mark Pritchard & Kirsty Hawkshaw, Richard H. Kirk and more.



        TRACK LISTING

        Side 1
        1. MLO - Birds & Flutes
        2. Pulusha - Isolation (part Two)
        3. Space Time Continuum - Fluresence
        Side 2
        1. David Moufang - Sergio Leone's Wet Dream
        2. LA Synthesis - Frozen Tundra (dub)
        Side 3
        1. Richard H Kirk - Oneski
        2. A Positive Life - The Calling (Loved'Ub Mix)
        Side 4
        1. Sideral - Mare Nostrum
        2. Primitive Painter - Levitation
        3. Sun Electric - Love 2 Love
        Side 5
        1. LFO - Helen
        2. Dubtribe Sound System - Sunshine's Theme (Sunshine Remix)
        3. Human Mesh Dance - 8 (Infinit)
        Side 6
        1. Link - Arcadian (Global Communication Remix)
        2. The Arc - Orphic Mysteries
        3. Bedouin Ascent - Joyriding III

        'Music For Theatre And Dance – Volume Two' is the second in a small series of EPs that will focus on music which was initially created for or inspired by dance and performance. Created as a dialogue with the avant-garde and highly experimental work in dance, theatre and art evolving at the time, the music was in turn at times greatly innovative.

        That it was created for a dance or performance though means that such music was also often highly rhythmic and a number of pieces from this time stand out and seem greatly deserving of a new context.

        Whether it's more ambient or atmospheric works or whether it's in the more rhythmic or percussive pieces, Music From Memory brings together another selection of tracks that aims to highlight this highly innovative direction in music.

        TRACK LISTING

        Craig Kupka - Electric Piano Vibraphone And Percussion
        Ray Lynch - Cooking Till Its Hot
        Scan Lines - Scan Lines Part I

        Music From Memory are happy to finally announce MFM045 - VA ‘Music For Theatre And Dance’ (EP).

        This will be the first in a small series of EPs which will focus on music which was initially created for or inspired by dance and performance. Created as a dialogue with the avant-garde and highly experimental work in dance, theatre and art evolving at the time, the music was in turn at times greatly innovative.

        That it was created for a dance or performance though means that such music was also often highly rhythmic and a number of pieces from this time stand out and seem greatly deserving of a new context.

        Whether it’s more ambient or atmospheric works or whether it’s in the more rhythmic or percussive pieces, Music From Memory brings together a selection of tracks which aim to highlight this highly innovative direction in music.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Gerard Stokkink - Yellow Turtles
        A2. Ivory Playground - Ivory Playground
        B1. Atlantis Transit Project - Bird Perspective
        B2. Ramuntcho Matta - Zoique III

        In the lead up to part two of the highly anticipated Outro Tempo compilation, MFM drops this teaser EP with the never before heard cassette madness of São Paulo’s Bruhahá Babélico and Individual Industry’s ethereal electro pop on the flip.

        Music From Memory embark on a series of Brazilian releases for this Spring that pick up where their 2017 Outro Tempo compilation left off. Circling around the musical projects that emerged out of the art world in Brazilian cities during the late 1980s and 1990s, “Outro Tempo II: Electronic and Contemporary Music from Brazil, 1984-1996” takes another dive into the depths of the Brazilian underworld, exploring the rhythms that lurk beneath the Ipanema sunset. It shines light on more illustrious unknowns and on the genre-defying music that maintained asymbiotic, yet uneasy, relationship with mainstream popular culture.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Patrick says: Music From Memory herald the arrival of a second volume of Brazilian electronics with this limited 12" featuring demented cassette funk and weird wave pop from Bruhahá Babélico and Individual Industry. Already in the bags of our most future facing customers, this is gonna be a look for 2019 - don't get left behind.

        TRACK LISTING

        Bruhahá Babélico - Bruhahá II
        Individual Industry - Eyes

        After chilling us out with last year’s Suso Saiz retrospective, Music From Memory mark their 20th release in gleeful style with an album of new works by the Spanish electronic music pioneer. Recorded in Madrid between January and February 2016, this is Suso Saiz’s first release of new music in nearly 10 years. Titled "Rainworks" this double LP release was originally part of a commission from a Canary Islands water company. The first ideas for the compositions developed from a documentary that Suso had seen suggesting the possibility of water molecules having their own ‘memory’. As Suso himself explains, he became fascinated with the “possibility of an eternal being, changing its cyclical condition from solid to gaseous state, travelling through and between the Earth and the Sky, as a witness and keeper of the true history of Earth and Mankind”. Suso, his son Emil Saiz and pianist Raph Killhertz set out to explore this metaphysical process of cyclical movement through music in "Rainworks". Developing from the original commissioned tracks into a much more elaborate project, the album’s process became something of a mystical journey, drawing on aspects of minimalism and modernism. The music is also embedded in textured natural soundscapes and spoken word passages which were recorded and processed by Suso himself. Despite having the immediacy of an improvised piece, "Rainworks" was entirely composed by Suso. Though it appears at first inspection to be electronic album, if you dig a little deeper you'll find plenty of acoustic elements to the recording. A resonant piano (a grand piano re-amplified using its resonant box and harp to generate effects) as well as guitars (with simple effects) are played in Suso’s inimitable hypnotic way, slowly drawing the listener into a transportive state or lucid dream. 

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Patrick says: I loved the MFM collection of archival records from last year, so I was a right giddy kipper when I saw there was soon to be brand new material. As they say, class is permanent and Saiz' first release in ten years is every bit as good as his old compositions. Immersive, aquatic and in places experimental, "Rainworks" first challenges, then rewards. Check out the stunning "The Way Of Water" if you need a little beauty in your life!

        TRACK LISTING

        1. From Memory And The Sky
        2. The Way Of The Water
        3. The Hiding Place
        4. They Don't Love Each Other
        5. Nothing Ends
        6. A Rainy Afternoon 

        Denis Mpunga & Paul K

        Criola Remixed - Inc. Prins Emanuel/ Dazion / Androo / Tolouse Low Trax / Interstellar Funk Remixes

        Music From Memory continue to cook up the heaters here, beaming onto your deck with a remix disc inspired by that curious and crucial Afro-Belgian LP. The odd combination of electronic elements, rubberised grooves and the sunbaked flavours of the mother continent took us all by surprise when it dropped a couple of months back - bounding out the speaker like a long, lost twin of Zazou, Biyake & CY1 with just a little extra oddball rating. Now the dons of the 'dam invite a veritable who's who of contemporary production druids to work their body moving magic on a bunch of "Criola" originals. Swedish drum fiend Prins Emanuel kicks us off with a suitably percussive reinterpretation of "KWEI!!", cycling through chanted vocals and pinging synths over an irresistible blend of circular rhythm elements and breezy bass. Next up Holland's afro-cosmic wunderkind comes up to the plate with a "Turtle Maraca" remix of "Intermezzo B" perfect for a memorable night of chicken limbo and lysergic marinade. Picking up where he left off on "Rigola", Dazion stretches the OG into a proper cosmic roller, surrounding the psychedelic flute refrain with shamanic drums, hypnotic sequences and a deep and earthy kick drum. Second Circle's most recent recruit, Androo continues his fine run of early form with an astrally inclined kosmische mix dripping in otherworldly dub elements. The slow and sensual drum pattern holds it down from top to bottom, creating more than enough space for echo drenched guitars, delicate mallets and smooth synths to enjoy an ear pleasing threesome. Flipping the disc we're dropped into the dark and sticky domain Detlef calls home, coming face to face with a transportative Tolouse Low Trax mix of "Veronika". Slicing and dicing the emotive vocals and soft-goth guitars over a typically lopsided groove, the German makes us move...slowly. Mechanical, packed with soul and slow enough to lock your shoulders into a right good roll, it's another eyeball licking masterpiece from Dusseldorf. As we reach the B2 we take a break from the remixes in favour of an unreleased version of "Veronika 02" with about 4 tons of extra electronic bass banged under it - holy heft it's muscular. Finally, Dutch electro chief Interstellar Funk delivers a slow moving sci-fi rendition of "Intermezzo 2" which drifts through the deadzone dodging growling synth stabs and static space junk to the tripped out patter of a rippling rhythm track.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Patrick says: MFM revisit the madcapped magic of "Criola" with a star studded remix package perfect for the more open minded dancefloors of the world. Dig in for Afro-cosmic strollers, deep space rollers, mechanical soul and subbed up dub. A perfect accompaniment to the original, with more than enough retweak to turn the dancefloor inside out.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. KWE!! (Prins Emanuel Remix)
        A2. Intermezzo B (Dazion's Turtle Maraca Remix)
        A3. Funyaka (Androo's Romantic Dub )
        B1. Veronika (Tolouse Low Trax Remix)
        B2. Veronika V02
        B3. Intermezzo 2(Interstellar Funk Remix) 

        Becker / Stegman / Zeumer

        Ich Traume So Leise Von Dir

          Music From Memory cap off a pretty neat 2016 with a reissue of something unique, unusual and largely unheard outside of elite digging circles and the Wuppertal town hall. As key figures of the Wuppertal jazz scene, trumpetist Heinz Becker and painist Karl-Heinz Stegmann were well acquainted by 1987 when they met the actress Isabel Zeumer at an exhibition opening. Soon after this chance meeting, the trio were asked put together a programme on Else Lasker-Schüler. A unique figure in her time Jewish poet Lasker-Schüler embraced a bohemian lifestyle and became a leading exponent of Germany’s expressionism and avant-garde poetry movement before fleeing the country in 1937. Becker, Stegmann and Zeumer’s programme would combine readings of Lasker-Schüler’s works with experimental music and imagery. These performances were met with great enthusiasm at the time in Wuppertal and were even televised. Following on from the strong response to the music and performances, the trio were invited to release the material on local label ITM Records. Embracing Lasker’s avant-garde sentiments within their own musical compositions, Becker, Zeumer and Stegmann’s album "Ich Träume So Leise Von Dir" LP blends jazz and electronics to create a wholly unique sound. "Mein Tanzlied" opens this reissue with precision drum programming, thrusting sequences and fat fusion bass, packing the dancefloor before the spoken vocal, glassy keys and muted jazz trumpet erupts overhead. An undeniable NDW killer, this sounds like a Germanic, avant associate of James Mason's "Nightgruv", Enzo Avitabile's "Blackout" and Hugh Masekela's "Don't Go Lose It Baby", but much weirder than that sounds. Essential deep dancefloor bizniz. "Dir" takes a different approach to audio enlightenment, transporting us into a North Rhine film noir with swelling synth tones, muted jazz trumpet and sultry spoken vocals from Isabel Zeumer. If you got lost in Vangelis' Blade Runner score, then you should seriously check this unsettling vision of atmospheric ambience. B-side opener "Der Schnupfen" sees the trio layering Isabel's spoken vocal and Becker's trumpet over a bubbling boogie rhythm section, before Stegman fully freaks out on the synth in the second half. "Abends" closes the set in subdued fashion, gentle Rhodes motifs creating a watery calm while the sustained synth drones and moonlit trumpet wax and wane around the intimate vocal. Embracing and experimenting with elements of ambient and even new wave, the four tracks selected here, seem to take music and spoken word into an entirely unique musical realm. It's yet another gift from Music From Memory.


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