A band from the Democratic Republic Of Congo called "Kasai Allstars"just released a new album which is called:
"In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic."
and if that's not the best album title ever, I'll eat my own shit. No, no, hang on, no I absolutely categorically will NOT do that. No, I'm not risking a photo blog of me consuming my own faeces. But seriously, I don't think it's possible for there to be a better name for an album than that. If any of you think you know one, then leave me a comment on here. But I warn you, if anyone suggests "5,000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion" by The Incredible String Band, then you are disqualified from being my friend, coz that is a fucking lame name for an album. Yeah, the album itself may be pretty good, but come on, that name. It's rubbish.
Anyway, far from being just a band who can spin a fantastic title, Kasai Allstars are awesome. Brought to us by the same label and series of albums that gave us the unbelievably good Konono No1 (whose "Congotronics" album sounded like God himself had converted to Voodoo and given us a new form of Gospel to live by), Kasai Allstars are similar to them in that they play a modernised yet still very much D.I.Y (home made electronics, bottles for percussion, etc) form of traditional African trance music - infectious, repeated base riffs and rhythms with other instruments and patterns coming in and out as the locked groove plays on. The kind of thing you get really into after about six minutes and by the time a piece ends, you wish it was twice as long at the very least.
Don't go thinking that if you've heard Konono No1 that this is just more of the same tho. Kasai Allstars (at least sound like they) use different instrumentation, and their 25 members come from 5 different ethnic groups, so the end effect is very different, albeit from a similar starting point.
I just realised that probably none of you will have heard Konono No1, or give a crap about either of these bands anyway. More the fool you. Whatever, I saw "Dark Knight" yesterday and it's pretty much one of the best things ever, so I don't care. Seriously, "Dark Knight" is incredible. I reckon the American Film Whatever Board Thingy who decide what and who gets an Oscar should create a new category this year, "Best Performance By An Actor Or Actress Who Is Now Dead In A Film Released In The Last Year", just so they can give a posthumous Oscar to Heath Ledger - HE WAS THAT FUCKING GOOD!!
Anyway, to wrap things up on this post, I will attempt to follow up my correct prediction of a Mercury Prize nominee, by predicting the winner. I reckon they'll give it to Burial. Like when Roni Size/Reprazent and Dizzee Rascal were winners, Burial is the non-obvious choice album that is doing something new, fresh and exciting. (It could be argued that this also applies to Klaxons, Talvin Singh & Portishead too. In fact, you could argue that with every winner of the Mercury Prize so far, it's not necessarily the obvious best album, but the one the judging board thinks is the most new, fresh and exciting album. Of course, with choices like M People in 1994, you could also argue that if this is their agenda, they sometimes get it dead wrong.) That's why Burial is my prediction to win.
And just so we're clear on this, there will be absolutely NO bodily emissions consumed if I am wrong, got that? UNLESS it's the tears of everyone who doubted me, being proved wrong if I do get it right. I would happily drink those tears right down. Yum yum yum yum yum.