Flashback Friday: Angola Soundtrack 1&2
LP collecting being an expensive hobby, I jealously guard my record budget dollars with the intensity of a miser. Every record must pass a rigorous and lengthy listening test to merit purchase. So it’s pretty rare for me to go out and buy an album based on the strength of a single listen. However when it comes to Analog Africa’s Angola Soundtrack series I did just that, in fact I doubled down by buying two. The records in question are Angola Soundtrack – The Unique Sound Of Luanda 1968-1976, and Angola Soundtrack 2 – Hypnosis, Distorsions & Other Sonic Innovations 1969-1978. And they are so good, you’re going to want to buy them too.
Both records are compilations from the “Golden Age” of Angolan music – a time in the West African country when traditional music was meeting up with modern foreign influences and producing a cornucopia of amazing sounds. It’s really unlike anything I have ever heard. There is a distinctly African flavor to the tunes – you hear it in the tones, the rhythms, and the jangly guitar chords. However there is also a strong Latin current and the songs are mainly sung in Portuguese (Angola being a colony of Portugal). It reminds me a great deal of Afro Cuban music, though its beguiling in this case because it’s being made by folks who were never forced West into the Caribbean and therefore its “African-ness” seems less diluted.
Rather than having me struggle to describe it to you it would probably be better for you to listen yourself. That is certainly what I have been doing – at home, in my car, at work. Constantly. I can’t get enough of the infectiously danceable and irrepressibly likable tunes. You can listen to Angola Soundtrack 2 in its entirety below – it just came out last year via Analog Africa and can be bought through their site or locally at the Electric Fetus. If you like it I highly recommend you check out the first in the series as well which is on par with it in terms of quality.
Whoa. These sound awesome. Can’t wait to check them out.