Strange Holiday

Henri Rousseau never went to the Jungle. He spent all his days in Paris and surrounds, meticulously painting images of nature that were anything but ‘natural’. He copied his designs from botanical gardens, zoo pamphlets, and children’s books, depicting animals that would never be seen in the same environment. Once he even painted a hand of bananas growing upside down. His paintings are naive, flat and disjointed.

This playlist is a musical equivalent to Rousseau paintings – “Jungle” music made by westerners. Electronic emulation of african sounds, drum machines instead of djembé. Starts off mellow before moving into more disjointed territory.

01Joel VandroogenbroeckKinderspiel
(Digital Project, 1989)
02. Brian BriggsAeo pts. 1&2
(Brian Damage, 1980)
03Haruomi HosonoHoney Moon
(Tropical Dandy, 1975)
04. Ralf NowyHolidays in Kenia
(Colours of Holidays, 1987)
05. Eric VannRandom Pizz
(Bass Moods, 1987?)
06. No ZuTattooed Head (short)
(Tattooed Head, 2011)
07. Zazou, Bikaye + Cy1M’Pasi Ya M’Pamba
(Noir Et Blanc, 1983)
08. John TenderFlowers from Fantasyland 1
(Fantasyland Vol.1, 1981)

image: detail of The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope, 1905

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Category: Afrobeat, Electronic, Exotica, Experimental

7 Responses

  1. suizhen says:

    What a wonderful insight Andy. The context your provide makes this one all the more enjoyable. I love it.

  2. danielrubin says:

    I missed the Moka. Nice to find you back again.

  3. Gordon en Wendatland. Qc. says:


  4. Noel says:

    That Brian Briggs track seriously made my week. Great find!

    Here’s a playlist for your bicycle rides…

  5. Moka says:

    Holidays in Kenya blowing my mind atm.

  6. fk says:

    tremendo gusto como siempre miss moka

  7. babar 1er says:

    super sélection … well done ! ce site est une découverte capitale !

The song makes its imprint
in the air, making itself felt,
a felt world. Here, there,
the stunned silence

of knowing I will not remember
what I heard;

futures that will never happen,
a fluidity we cannot achieve
except as a child
creating possibility.

This is the untranslatable song
hidden in the earth.

-Untranslatable Song [1]