The internet is magic! Is it witchcraft? Is it made of dog memes? Who knows! But what I can tell you that I’ve found some very STRANGE but COOL obscure music out in internet land for y’all. You won’t learn much from this post, but hopefully your ears make you feel a good feeling.
Section 1: Nigeria
1. “Excuse Me Baby” by Dizzy K. Falola (1982)
There’s not much about Dizzy on the internet but, he’s a Nigerian singer and University of Ife graduate, who had about one hit that gained popularity in London before dropping off the map and becoming a gospel singer. Excuse Me Baby has some sweet synth bass and falsetto that can only be described as extreme.
Weird rating: Not weird
Obscure rating: How the frick did you find this? (to be honest I don’t remember)
OK rating: Sick, better than OK
2. “Enjoy Your Life” by Oby Onyioha (1980)
Oby Onyioha, also known as The Queen of Atrado Rhythms, is a Nigerian singer/songwriter that was only really ever popular in Nigeria. She had a few hits and then according to the internet, stopped existing. She didn’t die, there just isn’t any information.
Weird Rating: Slightly Strange
Obscure Rating: It’s on Youtube….
OK rating: Not as cool as Dizzy but still alright
Here’s a link to a SWEET website with VERY obscure music from Africa in general: http://www.awesometapes.com/
Section 2: Japan
Hey! Japan has more than JPOP. Just letting you know. Here’s some SWEET Japanese tracks to encourage you to dive into the deep deep world of Youtube recommendations. I’ve attached some full albums at the end for y’all as well. I'm not going to go into as much depth with these, cause I've got a lot.
Tatsuro Yamashita is my favourite to cook to.
Special shout out to Masayoshi Takanaka with the sweet jazz fusion.
Weird Rating: Not weird, just FUNKY
Obscure Rating: 5/10 - took some digging
OK rating: Pretty OK
Weird Rating: Pretty darn weird. Narration about goblins? The word goblin used as a beat? Yeah. Weird.
Obscure Rating: 9/10 - I couldn't find this and I was looking for it.
OK rating: Meh. Okay.
Weird Rating: Not weird, kinda sounds like a credits song for an anime?
Obscure Rating: 7/10 - I don't even remember how I found this.
OK rating: This is a BIG jam. I'd bump this at my wedding.
Weird Rating: It's pretty normal... EXCEPT FOR THE CROWD GOSPEL CHOIR AND FLUTE?
Obscure Rating: 2/10 - Taeko is actually pretty popular.
OK rating: Better than OK. Would recommend to a friend, would leave a positive yelp review.
Weird Rating: This is one of my favourite albums of all time. If you have time, sit down- give it a listen.
Obscure Rating: 6/10 - I found it while listening to Songs for Plants ?
OK rating: Oakey
Section 3: America
Get ready, we're getting into some strange stuff.
Weird Rating: Stay with me here... It's Avant-garden. Photosynthesizer? Great to listen to after smoking plants?
Obscure Rating: 1/10 However, within the sound synthesis community Mort Garson is surprisingly popular.
OK Rating: This goes hard AF. I've done multiple essays to this. My cat particularly enjoys it.
This is pure gold. No further comments.
Weird Rating: Space surf punk? Yes please.
Obscure Rating: IT'S SPACE SURF PUNK
OK Rating: I'm gonna start a pit, hold on.
Weird Rating: This is an hour of drone music.
Obscure Rating: 1/10, she's actually one of the founding mothers of Synth music.
OK Rating: It's really peaceful and helps you sleep if you have night terrors!
Okay, that's all for today folks! Hope you enjoyed.
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