Toronto siblings DOOMSQUAD cross the Atlantic in May for a European tour and headline show at MOTH CLUB. Having recently signed to the ever reliable Bella Union, the electronic dance trio’s new album Total Time, has already received an album of the day nod on BBC Radio 6 Music ahead of its 29th April release.
Inspired by some of their favourite artists — Georges Bataille, Richard Tuttle, Tanya Tagaq, and Genesis P-Orridge – Doomsquad recorded the album in the New Mexican desert with Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh, Canadian avant garde hero Mary Margaret O’Hara and Mike Haliechuk of Fucked Up, all on board as contributors.
The result is an album awash with deep, warbling sonic structures and space age synth and bass combos. Inherently sci-fi but anchored by an earthly analogue clarity.
Ahead of the MOTH show, the band picked a number of tracks that have helped to shape the record. It’s an eclectic mix, ranging from early NYC disco to afro beat and beyond. Listen one by one and read on below, or check out the Spotify playlist here.
Doomsquad play live at MOTH CLUB on Thursday 26 May. Tickets available via DICE.
Pre order Total Time here.
Ray Manzarek – J’ai Vu Ta Vie
Strange, groovy soul side of The Doors famed organist
BLO – Chant To Mother Earth
60’s Nigerian three piece who fused the emerging grooves of afro-beat with American psychedelic rock and RnB.
Francis Bebey – Sanza Tristesse (Machine Funk Savantage edit)
Pioneering French via Cameroon Sansa musician and song writer. The Onyeabor of Sansa and strange African groove.
Aby Ngana Diop – Sapaly
Discovered this gem from Sengalese Griot singer Diop through Awesome Tapes From Africa. They’ve done a great job at including her bio in the liner notes of their re-release.
Tony Allen – Ariya
What more is there to say about this Afro-beat legend and Fela protégé.
Monyaka – Street People (It Ain’t Easy)
Seminal Brooklyn reggae band around during the birth of NYC disco, which you can kinda hear as an influencing factor in this jam.
Dinosaur L – Go Bang
More early NYC disco. This recording is historic. An all-star line up of musicians, led by Arthur Russell, and includes my personal hero also, David Byrne.
A Certain Ratio – Shack Up
Straight up UK post-punk funk. (They were) big influences on us.
Clandestine ft Ned Sublette – Radio Rhythm (SIGNAL SMART)
More early NYC disco via Arthur Russell’s foundational Sleeping Bag Records imprint.
Zinja Hlungwani – N’wagezani My Love
A gorgeous track from the Honest Jon’s compilation, Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa. Check it!
Yoko Ono – Greenfield Morning I Pushed an Empty Baby Carriage All Over the City
Yes, Yoko is a witch.