Brilliant Corners’ Aneesh will be playing the Sound of Make Believe party this Saturday, September 23rd!
Aneesh, along with his brother Amit, are founders and owner of the listening bar brilliant corners in London, which is approaching its 10th anniversary next month. They also have a travelling sound system and party called Giant Steps, a record & wine shop called Idle Moments, and more recently a new live music venue called “mu”. Aneesh will be DJing at the Sound Of Make Believe party on Saturday, September 23rd. For those unfamiliar, SOMB is a roaming hi-fi sound system in the greater L.A. area that utilizes a number of Klipschorns sourced from around the world. Expect great sound, community energy, classic & eclectic sounds, at a beautiful location.
In anticipation of the show, Aneesh picked five selects that he discovered along the way + writeups on each pick!
Jorge Ben – Forca Bruta (1970)
“I first heard Jorge Ben on a Gilles Peterson comp when I was at university. During those years, my cousin Krishan discovered Beauty & The Beat, a party in London (still going strong 19(?) yrs later). I have fond memories of Jorge Ben’s ‘Oe Oe’, uniting a sweaty euphoric dancefloor filled with all our friends. A few years later for a short period of time I lived with one of the party organisers and DJs ,Cedric Woo. He had half the sound system for the party in his living room – Klipschorns, Tannoys, etc, and thousands of records stacked to the ceiling. I asked Cedric to pick his favourite five records from various genres. I remember coming back from work to find five Brazilian records carefully left by my bedroom door. Jorge Ben Forca Bruta was the one of them and it has been an all time favourite ever since. I play it all the time – some might say too much – but I could never tire of it.”
Hariprasad Chaurasia – Eternity (1985)
“Mr Scruff played this as one of the first songs during his 7 hr set at GIANT STEPS in 2018 – recording here. That session was a real masterclass. I remember having a nice time chatting with Andy and Justin from Isonoe for a while after the party. I mentioned how this track really blew me away. Andy posted me a copy, which I was really touched by. Shrishti is 22 minute spiritual journey from a master classical indian fluteist, but then has surpising waves of synth and drum machines as the track progresses.”
Ananda Shankar – Missing You (1983)
“Whilst on the Indian tip, I’d shout out this one and give a nod to Houghton festival who allow to host a limitless tent with our Giant Steps sound system every year. The sound system, environment, and audience make it possible to play almost anything. Sometimes I have got carried way and played quite mushy sentimental records, like this one. But its fun playing music you wouldn’t normally expect to hear at a dance music festival. I remember some young revellers who stumbled into our tent in the early hours of the morning having a moment with it though.”
Max Roach – Equipoise (1968)
“This is a shout out to my brother Amit, who is my partner in all of this. We setup brilliant corners together 10 years ago and we’ll be celebrating with some events in London in November. Amit would always know how to interject when the music needed elevating somewhat to a more sophisticated level. Quite often that was with jazz records, and that certainly contributed to us naming all our projects after jazz records. He introduced to this record. It’s a profound piece of music – melancholic, but also majestic and makes me think about the passing of time.”
Pharaoh Sanders – Harvest Time (1977)
“Poignant to mention this one since its cropped up in many ways over the years. I am going to the Floating Points Promises concert at the Hollywood Bowl this week. Sam, Floating Points, generously gifted me an OG copy of this Pharaoh record a few years ago. Later, I watched as he slowly developed a friendship with Pharaoh on the years running up to him recording Promises. I even had the privilege of meeting Pharaoh in person along the way. During COVID lockdown, Amit also coordinated a team to made a recording of a performance of this album by Shabaka Hutchings, Tom Skinner, Tom Herbert, Alex Hawkins, Adé Egun Crispin Robinson and Dave Okumu at brilliant corners which you can watch here. Shabaka in incredibly talented musician and has also been a big supporter and friend of ours over the years and he is also part of the Promises concert this week. Its an all star line-up and will be a real treat.
Luaka Bop who released Promises, have now thoughtfully reissued this Pharoah album too, in a beautiful box set which includes an unreleased live recording, and I was lucky to also be part of the project and even get a shout out on the back cover!”