Magdy el Hossainy might not be to well known to the western world. An Egyptian keyboardist who once played in the legendary  Umm Kulthum’s band.

Magdy worked alongside many of finest Egyptian musicians around in the 60’s and 70’s. Recording for bands of Abdel Halim Hafez whilst laying down his own work.

Music de Carnaval is one of Magdy’s own productions that has been rereleased by Pépite Records. Pressed onto a 7″, this record has the original track on the A side which exudes that experimental and psychedelic sound that was so rife around the Middle East at that time.

The B side is a fortified funk re-drum by Steven J who has seen the likes of Medlar remix his own original productions.

We were lucky enough to get a copy of this limited pressing so if you do stumble upon one snap it up as its already going for silly money on Discogs!!

Arabian Nights

Taking you through the bustling bazaars of Marrakech and late night discos of Istanbul to the psychedelic movement in Iran. Showcasing some of the Middle East’s finest records, Arabian Nights is an eclectic mix from the BLBC vault.

Most of this music comes from Lebanon, Algeria, Turkey and Morocco with genres ranging from Jazz, Funk, Italo Disco and Breakbeat.

Tack List:
Pisi Pisi – Figen Han
Dance of Maria – Elias Rahbani
Nisyan – Ahmed Fakroun
Cantamilia – Tranquility Bass
Shashkin – Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Crystalline ( Omar Souleyman Remix) – Bjork
Der Bauch – Mc Sultan
Abu Ali – Ziad Rahbani
Yo Son ( Prince Language Edit) – Ahmed Fakroun
El Fen – Ait Meslayene
Dalkavuk – Senay
Aheste ( Baris K Edit) – Baris Manco
Love Words – Ahmed Fakroun
Edit d Algerie (Julian Horn) – Djamel Allam
Habibi ( Vocal) – Sahara Band
Zina – Ouiness
Nissim ( Feat. Amir Yaghmai) – The Gasslamp Killer

 

We were fortunate enough to be in the wonderful city of Copenhagen, Denmark last weekend and managed to duck out of doing your traditional touristy things for a few hours to visit some record stores.  There are quite a few dotted about the city but public transport is a breeze so if you have the time you can spend a day checking out a chunk of them. We were most looking forward to going to a store called Dorma 21 which specialised in new house and techno from local Scandinavian producers, unfortunately it had closed down recently so we weren’t able to. Even so we did manage to find two great record stores.

Insula Music

Location

Insula Music is a tiny shop located in south KØBENHAVN N with the closest metro station Forum being a 7 minute walk away.

Pricing

20DKK (£2) – 1000DKK (£100)

Selection

Folk, Rock, Afro, Asian, Scandinavian Jazz plus more

Listening

There is one turntable in the shop behind the counter but the owner is more than happy for you to come back and play some records

Vibe

Insula music is a very discrete shop, we only found it because there were boxes of vinyl put out on a table in front of the shop! Its very small with only two racks on either side and one in the centre. Insula sells both new and second hand wax with the owners eclectic and unusual taste in music really shining through in their collection. With that area of Copenhagen inhabited by a large Middle Eastern population there was quite a lot of arabian folk music to choose from. There was also quite a lot of Scandinavian and European Jazz. Most of the records are in great condition and there are definitely a few bargains in there.

 

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Purchases

Sidney Bechet And His Orchestra – 50DKK (£5)

Sly And Robbie – 40DKK (£4)

 

Sound Station

Location

The closest metro to Sound Station again is Forum but this time its a twelve minute walk in the opposite direction. It is in the Frederiksberg area on a main road called Gammel Kongevej.

Pricing

25DKK (£2.50) – 2000DKK (£200)

Selection

A lot !!! Mostly Rock, Jazz, Soul, Folk

Listening

There is one turntable in the shop at the counter that has quite a dodgy connection so listening was testing at times but nothing a wiggle of the wires wouldn’t sort out.

Vibe

Sound Station is a beautiful record store with a massive collection. Its warm wooden decor was very comforting coming in from the cold Copenhagen weather. Each genre takes up a huge amount of space in the shop with floor to ceiling shelves meticulously alphabetised. The guys working there were very accommodating and were more than happy to help point us in the right direction in this otherwise daunting shop. We recommend spending a whole day there as you will need a lot of time to go through just one shelving unit!

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Purchases

Afrique – 150DKK (£15)

Buddy Miles – 25DKK (£2.50)

 

Location
Groove Store is a bright and lovely little shop, accessible via Place De Clichy Metro in the city’s 9th district.

Pricing
€6 – €60

Selection
Funk, Soul, Rock, Blues

Listening
One turntable hooked up to the shop system for everyone to use. Ask at the counter – it’s cool to cut off a tune, just ask whoever put it on… be polite!

Vibe
It’s pretty small, probably room for 8 people comfortably browsing, with a left hand wall of crates offering up Funk & Soul EP’s (and a few LP’s) for €6 a pop. Most of this stuff is either more common or more obscure, and much of it can be found cheaper on Discogs, though it’s well curated and pretty much all NM, so to be honest you may as well save yourself the hassle and pick it up here while you have the chance. While we were in the shop the dude working there was flipping through the bins and pulling out the smoothest obscure & classic tracks alike to play to a Mum and her baby. He wasn’t looking in the storage on the right hand side of the shop.

The right hand side of the shop is taken up with either more easily recognisable names or more expensive, rarer shit which is alphabetised meticulously so that it’s a pleasure to browse. Generally weighing in at between €10 and €20, here’s a chance to score some bargains if you know what you’re looking for or have the time and connectivity to cross reference with Discogs. Most of the records they had are from the late 70’s – late 80’s.

There was also some classic rock from the same era in a couple of boxes at the front of the shop, but Funk and Soul was definitely the plat du jour here.

Purchases
Faze-O – Ridin High – €8

Ozone – Jump On It – €6

The Clark Sisters – You Bought The Sunshine – €6

Every now and again a release comes along that really delivers. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to shed decent cash to get that one tune that you know will swivel heads, but when you hit upon a release where every track’s a winner it really is like finding a fillet steak in the reduced to clear section of your local supermarket – especially when it comes in a screen-printed disco bag. ‘All killer, no filler’ is a banal, overused phrase when it comes to describing music, and if I could come up with something more interesting I would used it to describe Salamanca Issue 2.  Continue reading