This Just In: Space Echo

Space Echo: The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound Of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed has BY FAR the coolest backstory I’ve ever heard for an album, ever. And the music is great too. Read the story below, listen to the album and check out our SUBLIME weekly in-stock list. Enjoy your weekend. I’ll be dreaming about synths from outer space. -MLE

Space Echo: The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound Of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed! 2LP
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“In the spring of 1968 a cargo ship was preparing to leave the port of Baltimore with an important shipment of musical instruments. Its final destination was Rio De Janeiro, where the EMSE Exhibition (Exposição Mundial Do Son Eletrônico) was going to be held.

It was the first expo of its kind to take place in the Southern Hemisphere and many of the leading companies in the field of electronic music were involved. Rhodes, Moog, Farfisa, Hammond and Korg, just to name a few, were all eager to present their newest synthesisers and other gadgets to a growing and promising South American market, spearheaded by Brazil and Colombia.

The ship with the goods set sail on the 20th of March on a calm morning and mysteriously disappeared from the radar on the very same day.

One can only imagine the surprise of the villagers of Cachaço, on the Sao Nicolau island of Cabo Verde, when a few months later they woke up and found a ship stranded in their fields, in the middle of nowhere, 8 km from any coastline. After consulting with the village elders, the locals had decided to open the containers to see what was inside – however gossip as scintillating as this travels fast and colonial police had already arrived and secured the area.

Portuguese scientists and physicians were ordered to the scene and after weeks of thorough studies and research, it was concluded that the ship had fallen from the sky. One of the less plausible theories was that it might have fallen from a Russian military air carrier. The locals joked that again the government had wasted their tax money on a useless exercise, as a simple look at the crater generated by the impact could explain the phenomena. “No need for Portuguese rocket scientists to explain this!” they laughed.

What the villagers didn’t know, was that traces of cosmic particles were discovered on the boat. The bow of the ship showed traces of extreme heat, very similar to traces found on meteors, suggesting that the ship had penetrated the hemisphere at high speed. That theory also didn’t make sense as such an impact would have reduced the ship to dust. Mystery permeated the event.

Finally, a team of welders arrived to open the containers and the whole village waited impatiently. The atmosphere, which had been filled with joy and excitement, quickly gave way to astonishment. Hundreds of boxes conjured, all containing keyboards and other instruments which they had never seen before: and all useless in an area devoid of electricity. Disappointment was palpable. The goods were temporarily stored in the local church and the women of the village had insisted a solution be found before Sunday mass.

It is said that charismatic anti-colonial leader Amílcar Cabral had ordered for the instruments to be distributed equally in places that had access to electricity, which placed them mainly in schools. This distribution was best thing that could have happened – keyboards found fertile grounds in the hands of curious children, born with an innate sense of rhythm who picked up the ready-to-use instruments. This in turn facilitated the modernisation of local rhythms such as Mornas, Coladeras and the highly danceable music style called Funaná, which had been banned by the Portuguese colonial rulers until 1975 due to its sensuality!

The observation was made that the children who came into contact with the instruments found on the ship inherited prodigious capabilities to understand music and learn instruments. One of them was the musical genius Paulino Vieira, who by the end of the 70s would become the country ́s most important music arranger.

8 out of the 15 songs presented in this compilation had been recorded with the backing of the band Voz de Cabo Verde, lead by Paulino Vieira, the mastermind behind the creation and promulgation of what is known today as ‘The Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde.'”

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Band Of Horses – Why Are You OK LP
Battles – Gloss Drop 2LP; La Di Da Di 2LP
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Beatles – Please Please Me LP
Bill Evans – Interplay LP
Bill Evans Trio – Explorations LP
Billie Holiday – All Or Nothing At All LP; Golden Hits LP; Solitude LP
Boards Of Canada – Geogaddi 3LP
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Broadcast – Haha Sound 2LP; Tender Buttons LP
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Circle Jerks – Group Sex LP
Colder – Goodbye LP*; The Rain LP*
Dark Funeral – Where Shadows Forever Reign LP*
Death Cab For Cutie – Something About Airplanes LP; Transatlanticism 2LP; We Have The Facts… LP
DJ Rashad – 6613 EP 12”; Rollin EP 2×12”
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Flying Lotus – You’re Dead 2LP
Genius/GZA – Liquid Swords 2LP
Gorillaz – S/T 2LP
The Gotobeds – Blood Sugar Secs Traffic LP
Horse Lords – Interventions LP
Hot Hot Heat – S/T LP*
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J Dilla – Diary Of J Dilla Instrumentals LP
James Blake – Love What Happened Here 12”
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Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back LP
Jim White – No Such Place LP*
John Coltrane – Ascension LP; My Favorite Things LP
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Kaumwald – Rapa Nui Clan LP*
Kevin Gates – Islah 2LP+CD
Kneebody & Daedelus – Kneedelus LP*
Lee “Scratch” Perry – Repentance LP; Rise Again 2LP
Lisa Prank – Adult Teen LP*
Logic – Under Pressure 2LP
Lone – Levitate LP*
M.A.K.U. Soundsystem – Mezcla LP
Madonna – LIke A Virgin LP; S/T LP
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On 10”
Massive Attack – Mezzanine 2LP
Max Eilbacher/Alex Moskos/Duncan Moore – SEF III LP*
The Mercury Program – New Myths LP
Mick Harvey – Delirium Tremens LP*
Moderat – III 2LP; S/T LP
Morrissey – The Very Best Of Morrissey 2LP
The Mystery Lights – S/T LP*
Neil Young – Silver & Gold LP
Nina Simone – At Newport LP
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ODESZA – In Return 2LP
Olafur Arnalds – Late Night Tales LP*
Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden Of Delete 2LP
Otis Redding – Dock Of The Bay (Mono) LP
Personable – Oyster LP*
Phantogram – Eyelid Movies LP
Plaid – The Digging Remedy LP
The Postal Service – Give Up LP
Pwr Bttm – Ugly Cherries LP*
Queen – A Night At The Opera LP
R.L. Burnside – Mississippi Hill Country Blues LP*
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool 2LP, CD
Raime – Tooth 2LP
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik 2LP; Greatest Hits 2LP
RJD2 – Deadringer 2LP; Since We Last Spoke 2LP
Rob Mazurek & Emmett Kelly – Alien Flower Sutra LP*
Sade – Best Of 2LP
Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Delivered 12” EP*
Sharon Jones – 100 Days, 100 Nights LP; Naturally LP
Shins – Oh, Inverted World LP, CS; Wincing The Night Away LP, CS; Chutes Too Narrow CS;
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The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead LP
Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle LP
Sonic Youth – Goo LP
St. Vincent – S/T LP
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Thievery Corporation – Radio Retaliation 2LP
Tricky – Skilled Mechanics LP
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Various – Peru Boom 2LP
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