We're going on holiday today, away for the next seven days. Our holiday was booked months ago and has been subject to a bit of uncertainty recently- we are due to go to the Greek island of Rhodes. Last week, like much of the Mediterranean, Rhodes had wildfires. While much of Rhodes was unaffected the specific place we are going to- Lindos- was in the path of the wildfires, the beach at Lindos was where holidaymakers were being evacuated from and some of the houses, buildings and hotels in the area had been affected by the fires. Last weekend our holiday company suspended all flights and the thought of going on holiday to an area of a natural disaster was a bit of a concern. They contacted us a few days ago to say the area was safe to travel to, flights were starting up again and the Lindos area was ready to welcome tourists again. The local economy relies on holidaymakers and their spending, and the assessment of the area was that facilities and services were back to normal. While we're still a bit apprehensive about it, we're off today. Hopefully you won't see me on the news sleeping in a local sports centre having been evacuated from a beach with nothing but our swimwear with the flames licking around us.
Here's some Greek music. Anatolian Weapons is a Greek DJ/ producer, real name Aggelos Bartos, a resident of Athens. Anatolian Weapons is his version of splicing electronic music, krautrock and aspects of Greek folk music. Last year he put out an EP called Selected Acid Tracks, a record I played a lot. It is exactly what the title said it was- strong Greek acid. This one, Acid Research 63, is eleven minutes of dark squelch and thump.
This one is no less intense or percussive, taken from the Anatolian Weapons vaults and a release titled The Hyperglow Edits Vol. 2. The title seemed apt. All being well, normal service at Bagging Area will be resumed in a week with more music, accompanied by photos of Greek towns and villages, the sea, ancient Greek sites and sunsets. Acropolis not apocalypse.