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A few eccentric but really astounding tunes for you this post.

First, we have a tune by Vince Watson under his Nico Awtsventin moniker. Mr. Watson has been garnering some real praise for his recent RA podcast, and he deserves it: the mix is lush, full of pulsing synth lines, well-padded Detroit beats, and some truly wonderful moments that make one go: "Ahhhh." Like that. The track below is from his Tranquility 12", released in 2002, and will give you a bit of insight into his sound (and love of flute samples).

Watson's most recent single (under his own name) is excellent, and came out on Carl Craig's Planet-E label late last year. Coming soon is a 12" on Submerge, one of the more venerated techno labels about. It will include a remix by none other than Los Hermanos, aka Gerald Mitchell, so look out for that.

Nico Awtsventin- Eccentricity

Speaking of Submerge, they put out a great compilation last year featuring a track by one Orlando Voorn, among the early techno and electro pioneers. Working under the name of Fix, this is some sick-ass electro-funk with a deep, throbbing bass beat that could kick the shit out of any cocaine rap. Ahem... also works well mixed with cocaine rap.

Fix- Shaftism

Finally, the anomaly of the post. Imagine Poland. Lots of apartments like the one above. Actually, the one above is quite nice, but many are awful, poorly-constructed, International Style, modernist vomit.

Despite these and other problems of being a former Soviet state, Poland has quite a bit going for it. 1) It is cheap. 2) One is still hard-set to find lots of vomiting British tourists everywhere, which one can't say for Prague. 3) The musical traditions of the country are astounding.

During the late 70s, a group of studio jazz musicians who were interested in world music got together and began recording under the name of Ossian. They played mostly 'ethnic,' acoustic instruments during their sessions. All of these were originally released on the Poljazz label, and only recently have they been re-released and re-mastered on CD.

If you know who Atman or the Magic Carpathians are, then you are associated with the type of sound that Ossian bring us: proggy, psychedelic folk music with an excellent percussion section and an undeniably organic feel. Below is the third track from their Ksiega Chmur LP, which translates to "Book of Clouds" (fyi: it is pronounced "k-SHENG-ah [c]h-MOOR). Its summery, ecstatic tones are exactly right for this time of year, so point those speakers out the window, turn them up and bliss out.

Ossian- Rodzial III

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