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Album of the Day: The Scorpions & Saif Abu Bakr, “Jazz, Jazz, Jazz”

The ninth installment in the stellar Arabic music series Habibi Funk unearths The Scorpions & Saif Abu Bakr’s obscure album Jazz, Jazz, Jazz from the rarefied archives. First released in 1980, original copies are said to go for anything up to $1,000, making the LP something of an almost-lost scroll in Sudanese music and an essential exhibition of the northeast Africa nation’s pop ingenuity.

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This Week’s Essential Releases: Sudanese Jazz, Baroque Trance, Hip-Hop and More

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Welcome to Seven Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend six new albums that were released between last Friday and this Friday, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed.

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Kamal Keila’s “Muslims and Christians” Offers a Rare Glimpse Into 1990s Sudanese Jazz

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Had Jannis Stuertz listened to the moldy reels of audiotape just once before digitizing them, the recorded music of Kamal Keila—who is often referred to as Sudan’s James Brown, and one of the godfathers of a nearly forgotten strain of Sudanese jazz—might have been lost forever.

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The Merch Table: May 2018

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Every month, The Merch Table brings you the best and most bonkers merchandise you can find on Bandcamp. We commend bands and labels that get a little creative and think outside the tote bag. Whether it’s a fashion accessory, a piece of art, or something entirely unique, The Merch Table showcases inventive, original—and, occasionally, downright strange—stuff that you might want to get your hands on. Continue reading

Following the Hippie Trail: How Psychedelia Crept Onto the Dancefloor

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Album cover by Kasra V

For many Western tourists, the 1960s pilgrimage known as The Hippie Trail—which stretched through Turkey, via Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nepal and ended in southern India—offered an unfiltered form of psychedelia with its religions and sights and smells that couldn’t be found easily in the squats of London or an LSD-fueled pilgrimage through America’s highways. Some went in search of spiritual wisdom and new ways of thinking, or sought solace in the Himalayas while the world’s eyes were on Vietnam. Others wanted to simply emulate their idols, influenced by The Beatles’ adoption of Shamanism or Jimi Hendrix’s journeys to Nepal. And while the influence of the trail can be heard the music of those icons—think “Within You Without You”—its spiritual and carnal roots remain today in the many incarnations of dance music, traditional or 21st Century, that continue to vibrate through its streets long after the hippies stopped walking them.
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December’s Seven Essential Releases: Post-Punk, Arabic Funk, and More

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Seven Essential releases is our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Like a lot of other people, we spent most of December rounding up the Best Albums of 2017, which meant some great releases didn’t get the attention they deserved. In this post, we look back at seven crucial releases that came out last month.

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Album of the Day: Various Artists, “Habibi Funk 007: An eclectic selection of music from the Arab world”

In 2012, Jannis Stürtz was tour managing for rapper Blitz The Ambassador when he walked into a dusty record shop in Casablanca, Morocco. Inside, Stürtz found a copy of Fadaul Et Les Privilèges’ cover of James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.” That set the course for Stürtz and fellow Berlin crate-digger Malte Kraus to establish their own label—Habibi Funk—in 2015, as a resource of obscure funk, jazz, soul and rock from the 1960s through the ‘80s.

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The Merch Table: Holiday Edition 2017

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It doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice, everyone deserves a little bit of music this holiday season. Here at the merch table, we seek out the best stuff on Bandcamp made by our massive community of artists and labels. Some highlights from this year include a Peruvian cookbook and a tape encased in a concrete brick.

Here’s a list of merch items on Bandcamp that make wonderful holiday gifts.

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