One of the things I’d like to do on this blog is broaden some of the topics I write about – though the problem with is this that I hardly have time to write on this blog at all these days. My main focus right now is getting finished up on a book project that has occupied my for much of the past year, and will certainly dominate more or less all of my time in the coming months. To keep things rolling in this space I’m going to post from time to time the music I’m listening to while I’m writing, maybe with a few (almost certainly banal) thoughts about it.
On rotation today is Massimo Carozzi’s Afrokraut mix, which gained some popularity in the music blogosphere around four or five years ago. I originally found it by way of the excellent Flashstrap music blog; the mad genius behind this site offered their own druggy, chopped-and-screwed follow-up titled Afrokraut Control Car. As for the vision driving both iterations on the Afrokraut theme, I’ll let Carozzi speak for himself, as this articulates it better than I ever could (also because I’m quite tired and hungover today, making writing hard enuff as it is):
They fiercely hated capitalism and colonialism and immoderately loved psychedelic drugs. They built self-managed nations and communities devoted to the inner space exploration, they were followers of polygamy and esoteric practices. They worshipped the rhythm.. and the ministers were Tony Allen and Jaki Liebezeit. At the out side, RAF urban guerrilla rioted and the Nigerian dictatorship put down the rebellion… and Allah could have been Marxist. Can, Faust, Fela Kuti & Africa 70, Neu!, Ofo the Black Planet, William Onyeabor, Harmonia are the stars of Krautrock and Afrobeat. It’s a journey through the sounds of a buried period, looking for improbable resemblances between seventies Africa and Germany.