Limited to 500 copies worldwide on Argyle Green vinyl.
1. Blood Fades To Black
2. I Wanna Be Cremated
3. Ghoul Of My Dreams
4. One Knife Stand
5. Calling All Corpses
6. Miss Morgue
7. Silver Bullets
8. Bad At Being Human
9. London After Midnight
10. Candle For The Devil
11. We All Die
12. Something Wicked This Way Comes
13. Blood Fades To Black (Reprise)
At home, in the islands of Cabo Verde, there was grog, or grogu, a strong sugarcane moonshine copiously consumed at Funaná parties. In the diaspora, in Europe, there was leite quente (hot milk).
“I can still remember the taste of the first leite quente I drank in Lisbon,” says Antonino Furtado Gomes, Pilon’s drummer and current band leader. Following Synthesize the Soul, Ostinato Records’ second compilation, Grupo Pilon represents the second chapter of the Krioulu diaspora story.
In smaller pockets, second generation musicians were independently contributing to one of the most lush periods of cultural innovation by immigrants in Europe. In Luxembourg, in 1986, a group of teenagers formed the largely unknown (outside of Cape Verdean circles) but consistently brilliant band named after the blunt instrument used in the islands to pound corn for the country’s national dish, cachupa.
Pilon combined searing estilo Krioulu drumming and the hybrid ColaZouk style with blissful synth work and rugged guitar licks, creating a stripped-down, addictive sound that masterfully straddled two worlds, a seductive electro-Funaná carnival born from the first few sips of hot milk.
Today, Antonino and what remain of the original quintet are slowly piecing back together the puzzle of their once mighty outfit from an unlikely pocket of Europe. In its heyday in the 90s, Pilon serenaded audiences in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Lisbon, Rotterdam and Frankfurt, securing their reputation as a respected and unifying cultural force.
This LP, drawing from the six most powerful songs from Pilon’s three-album catalog, is the serving of still fresh leite quente to spice the summer.
1. Longi Di Bo
3. Txada Liton
4. St'a Contente
5. Kanto Nstaba Nobu
Blast First Petite
Release Date: 21/06/2019
blastfirstpetite’s ’Psychopomp for M.T.V.’ a 260 page, full colour, hardback book.
[a psychopomp is a “guide of souls”, whose purpose is to escort deceased souls from Earth to The Afterlife] A Limited Edition of 1,000 copies containing:
~ A heart-wrenching collection of photographs from the Vainio family archive.
~ A broad range of artistic contributions (text, photographic and visual remembrances) from Mika's artist friends and collaborators.
~ An Updated and exhaustive Mika discography.
~ Jennifer Lucy Allen’s unedited transcript for her The Wire magazine 2013 ”Invisible Jukebox' – one of Mika’s most animated media responses.
~ A variety of Pansonic ephemera from Paul Smith’s own Blast First archives.
+++ an album length exclusive CD of previously unreleased Pansonic performance recordings - ”Turku Moai - live on Rapa Nui”.
( THIS IS NOT A MIKA VAINIO BIOGRAPHY OR MONOGRAPH)