Living in future times to come

Barış Manço (1943 - 1999) was a Turkish rock singer, song writer and tv host. Living in Paris during the 60s, he started a band Les Mistigris. Considered one of the most influential pop artists of Turkey. Founder member of the band Kurtalan Ekspres, died suddenly of a heart attack in 1999.

Embracing the deepest roots

Piero Umiliani (July 17, 1926 Florence - February 14, 2001 Rome) was an Italian composer of film scores and library music who was also behind the Omicron label and the Sound Work Shop label & Sound Work-Shop Studio, and cofounder of Liuto Edizioni Musicali. In his long career he composed and recorded 190 soundtracks, 40 library albums and 35 TV title themes.

He became most famous for his song "Mah Nà Mah Nà" of 1968, that was originally used for a Mondo documentary about Sweden (Svezia, Inferno e Paradiso) and became world-famous in 1977 when performed for The Muppet Show. Like many of his Italian colleagues at that time, he composed the scores for many exploitation films in the 1960s and 1970s, covering genres such as spaghetti western, Eurospy, Giallo, and soft sex films. Although not as widely regarded as, for example, Ennio Morricone or Riz Ortolani, he helped form the style of the typical European '60s/'70s jazz-influenced film soundtrack that later experienced a revival in films like Kill Bill and Ocean's Twelve.

Making love outside the earth

Janko Nilović (1941) is a pianist, arranger and composer of Montenegrin and Greek descent who was born in Turkey and has lived in France since 1960; he has published many works, most of them on library labels not available for sale to the public. His oeuvre stretches from Classical, Jazz, and Funk to Pop, Psychedelia, and Easy Listening.

Traveling through eternal suns

Босса Нова: Всё Ещё Самая Красивая Музыка В СССР (Bossa Nova: Vsyo Yeshchyo Samaya Krasivaya Muzyka V SSSR) is a Russian Bossa Nova Tribute compilation made by Мелодия Label.

Uniting worlds separated by time

Merit Hemmingson (born August 30, 1940) is a Swedish organist, composer and singer; she became famous in the late 1960's for her modern pop arrangements of Swedish folk music.

Surrendering life for a justice's dream

Nico Fidenco (Real name: Domenico Colarossi, 1933 - 2022) was an Italian singer and songwriter with a long and prestigious career who gained considerable popularity from 1960 onwards, after the release of the song What A Sky (Italian Su Nel Cielo), included in the soundtrack of the movie by Francesco Maselli I Delfini and composed by Giovanni Fusco. With his angelic voice he made millions of lovers dream not only in Italy, but all over the world, singing dozens of songs in English as well.

Enjoying the whispers of the desert

Omar Khorshid (1945 - 1981) was an Egyptian guitarist, musician, composer, accompanist, and actor. Born in Cairo, Khorshid was a well-known guitarist who accompanied many singers, including Farid Al Atrash, Umm Kulthum, Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Abdel Halim Hafez.
Khorshid's musicality in orchestra performances, original songs, and film scores was considered revolutionary at the time in the Middle East. His extensive theoretical knowledge, fusion of Western and Eastern music, and incorporation of different, more modern instruments (e.g. the electric guitar, electric keyboard, synthesizer) in Arabic music was previously unheard of. Khorshid's unique style sparked inspiration from many aspiring musicians not only in the Middle East, but in Europe and the Americas as well. His mixing of "modern" western electric instruments with older Eastern tunes spawned a new, more modern sound of electric music that many use for discos today.

Travelling across shiny dots

Gruff Rhys (Gruffudd Maredudd Bowen Rhys) born 18 July 1970 is a Welsh musician, composer, producer, filmmaker and author. He performs solo and with several bands, including Super Furry Animals.

In 2014, Rhys composed the film score for Set Fire to the Stars about Dylan Thomas and starring Celyn Jones and Elijah Wood. The jazz group he formed to record the music features drummer Chris Walmsley, double-bassist Jim Barr (Portishead), Gavin Fitzjohn on trumpet and pianist Osian Gwynedd (formerly of Big Leaves and Sybridion) on piano, with strings arranged by Gruff Ab Arwel (Y Niwl). Additional string music was recorded by the Elysian Quartet. In September 2015, Rhys won the 2015 BAFTA Cymru award for Original Music for the score.

He is considered a figurehead of the era known as Cool Cymru (Welsh: Cŵl Cymru).

Gruff Rhys - Set Fire to the Stars


Songs for a jilted warrior

Yoru No Bangaichi - Tokyo Hostess Jingi Konketsuji Rika is a Japanese Psychedelic/Funk compilation made by Japanese reissue label Solid Records.

Yoru No Bangaichi - Tokyo Hostess Jingi Konketsuji Rika

Falling into a deep trance through the soul

Sufi Soul (Échos Du Paradis) is a World compilation of Sufi sounds, made by Network Medien label, a German label with focus on world music, set up in 1979 and run by Christian Scholze.

This is a culturally and geographically diverse compilation of music taken from all corners of the Islamic world. There are songs on this compilation from West and North Africa, Turkey, across the Middle East, Iran, and Central Asia to Pakistan. 

Sufism is the mystical (but not monastic) branch of Islam; for hundreds of years, Sufis have used music in religious ritual (Sama) for ecstatic dance to achieve a state of trance. This is really some of the first trance music in history.

Sufi Soul (Echos Du Paradis)

Living within biogeochemical cycles

La Natura E L'Uomo is an Italian Easy Listening/Jazz compilation reissued by Italian Milan-based label Intervallo.

A walk through the inner clock

George Antheil (1900 - 1959) was an American avant-garde composer, pianist, author and inventor. 
In 1923 Antheil moved to Paris, where he had the support of many influential friends, among them his idol Igor Stravinsky, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway and Man Ray.

His inventions included a patented torpedo guidance system and a broad-spectrum signal transmission system which then was called frequency skipping, co-authored with actress Hedy Lamarr. He wrote his autobiography Bad Boy of Music in 1944.

Lowell Percussion Ensemble - Ballet Mécanique

Strange drops on the abandoned body

Bruno Nicolai (1926, Rome - 1991, Rome) was an Italian composer, conductor and keyboardist (organ, piano). Notably the composer and director of numerous film and television scores. He also served as musical director for other composers' film scores, prevalently those of Ennio Morricone, Carlo Rustichelli and Luis Enriquez Bacalov

Nicolai studied piano, organ and composition at Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, studying piano under Aldo Mantia, and composition and organ under Goffredo Petrassi. Whilst at the conservatory, he met fellow student Ennio Morricone who also studied under Petrassi. A friendship began that would last many years.

Throughout the 60's and 70's, Nicolai scored a number of films, working several times with directors such as Jess Franco, Tinto Brass and Alberto De Martino for their giallo and exploitation films. During this time, he also composed library music, primarily for his own labels Gemelli and Edi-Pan, but also for other labels like RCA. His big break came in 1965, when he was musical supervisor for the Sergio Leone film "For a Few Dollars More", scored by Ennio Morricone. In 1966, he reprised this role for "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly". Nicolai's last score was for the 1988 TV series "La coscienza di Zeno", directed by Sandro Bolchi.


Sunny afternoons in Siberia

Ленивый Шейк (Lenivyy Sheyk) is a Easy Listening/Bossa/Jazz Russian compilation made by Мелодия Label.

Go forward until total freedom

Selda Bağcan is a Turkish female folk singer and guitarist; born in 1948 in Muğla, Turkey.  Her career as a professional musician started in 1971, during her final year at the university The six singles she released that year, in which she interpreted traditional Turkish folk songs in a strong, emotional voice, accompanied by a simple acoustic guitar or bağlama, carried her to national fame. 

Many of her songs carried strong social criticism and solidarity with the poor and the working class, which made her especially popular among the left-wing activists and sympathisers during the politically polarized 1970s.

She experimented with rock and roll and with synthetic and electronic sounds in her LPs, although her musical style remained firmly rooted in the folk tradition. After the 1980 Turkish Coup d'État, she was persecuted by the military rulers due to her political songs, and was imprisoned three times between 1981 and 1984. Her passport was confiscated and held by the authorities until 1987, which, among other things, prevented her from attending the first WOMAD Reading festival in 1986. Partly thanks to pressure from WOMAD, her passport was returned in 1987 and she immediately started a European tour, giving concerts in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom in the same year.

Since then, she has produced several albums and given concerts in many cities in Turkey and all over the world, and remains active in the Turkish musical scene. Bağcan currently lives in Istanbul and runs the music production company Majör Müzik Yapım.


Resting in a blue flowers field

Charlotte Walters is a French singer from 60's; on this 1969 album (the only one officially known), she sings two songs composed by her sister Chloe Walters.

The cadence of bloody nights

The B-Music Of Jean Rollin Volume One: 1968-1973 is a Psychedelic/OST compilation from French movie director Jean Rollin soundtracks, made by Finder Keepers Label.

The B-Music Of Jean Rollin Volume One: 1968-1973