Welcome to the Guide to the Week of Music, a round-up of music news, media and releases from the wide musical world. This week, we highlight Luaka Bop’s forthcoming gospel compilation, the excellent debut record by Chicago’s KAINA, and an assortment of new sounds and music visuals.
David Byrne’s Luaka Bop record label is to continue its World Spirituality Classics series, which began with The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda in 2017, by releasing a compilation of seventies-era gospel music, focussing on humanity and coexistence as opposed to religious faith. The Time For Peace is Now will be released in September, but Willie Scott & The Birmingham Spirituals’ Keep Your Faith to the Sky is streaming now. Described as ‘a snapshot of a unique scene: a funky, secular strain of gospel that sprung up at the end of the music’s first golden age’ — the compilation has a set of extensive notes (accessible here) substantiating its theme and contextualising the creation of the music. Artists featured on the compilation include lesser known acts The Floyd Family Singers, The Little Shadowsand The Triumphs amongst others. Find out more about the compilation here.