>Where Have You Been All My Life?

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One of Bagging Area’s favourite records from last year was Pilooski’s ten minute re-edit of Nora Deans’ Angie La La (or Ay Ay Ay as it’s sometimes called). Here’s the original, written by Duke Reid, a spooky, trippy, psychedelic reggae song with a ghostly but sultry vocal and tropical birds squawking and flapping about. It’s very odd, very brilliant and sticks in your brain for days. The internet turns up almost nothing about Nora Dean. She was born in 1952, she recorded several solo songs and as part of vocal reggae groups, and was born again in the late 70s. None of this matters- just listen to this bizarre and bewitching record.

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RVNG of the NRDS Pilooski ‘AAA’

A bit of recycling here- I got this track from North Country Bhoy a few weeks ago, and I hope he doesn’t mind me reposting it. It’s one of the best things I’ve heard for ages, and my 12″ vinyl copy from ebay turned up yesterday, and it sounds even better than the mp3 I’ve been playing on a loop for the last 2 weeks.

RVNG of the NRDs is a series of re-edits and remixes by folk like Tim Sweeney, Optimo, Lovefingers and Greg Wilson, and in this one, the last in series, French Discodeine hero Pilooski, my second favourite Frenchman *. Pilooski’s done some fantastic re-edits in the last few years, but this is something else. He takes reggae singer Nora Dean’s Angie La-La and monkeys about with it sending it towards the ten minute mark. We start in a tropical jungle, parrots screeching, birds taking flight, then Pilooski adds a big kick drum, the funky looped guitar riff or two, and then the amazing eerie vocal ‘Where have you been all my life boy?’. A breakdown, extra drums, riff comes back, more and more, onwards and upwards. Perfection. Transporting. I like this a lot. Get it now people.

* Eric Cantona is my favourite Frenchman, obviously. For a year or so I’m guessing he was North Country Bhoy’s as well. Heh heh.

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