Various Artists

Radio Morocco

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Within a matter of months and a handful of releases, Sublime Frequencies established itself as the premier outpost for self-induced culture shock. Although far from being a coherent document, Radio Morocco is still an entertaining listen and one of the best of the label's discs. Compiled by world traveler, Sun City Girls member, and label founder Alan Bishop, Radio Morocco is culled from tapes recorded by Bishop while overseas visiting North Africa in 1983. Like the other volumes (Radio Java, Radio Palestine), the Moroccan set is as much collage as culture document and comes complete with ancient tape hiss, shortwave radio squelches, and sometimes jarring edits that cut songs off midway through, but the whole is greater than the parts on Radio Morocco, and largely due to Bishop's editing, it works. Arabic crooners, news reports, local folk, and Western-influenced pop recordings all make their way into the chaotic mix. Other than Bishop's brief and colorful notes about his experiences, there isn't much in the way of liner notes or track credits, but for any listener who has been turned off by the antiseptic nature of most ethnographic surveys, this will be a welcome introduction to both Morocco and a whole new way of hearing the world.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:42
2
5:20
3
7:28
4
5:52
5
6:30
6
9:23
7
4:58
8
6:24
9
4:58
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