alma negra are back on heist! after their much applauded 2017 release with that great soulphiction remix, theyve been rather busy taking over the scene. they started their new label alma negra records where they released 3 eps in quick succession, with new as well as older material that showcases their tropical roots and keen ear for clubby reworks. they launched their live show, doing gigs across europe with a highlight at one of londons more intimate live venues: the jazz cafe. their latest outing making their release count a total of 4 in only 8 months was on marcel vogel’s lumberjacks in hell and explored the more live / rework side of their project. now theyre back on heist with 3 new tracks, supported by an awanto 3 remix. conversation is a track we wanted to put out on heist badly, simply because it’s a beast of a track. it sits somewhere between a live african drum track, percussive techno and moody midwest electronics, with pads and strings coming in and out of play while a relentless kick drum keeps the energy on a haunting level. this track is alma negra at their filthiest, and it feels like they’ve taken a next step from last years dark and heavy luanda dub, bringing it from an intimate dreamy stage straight into the main room. this is the place shows a different side of the house spectrum with the alma’s love for dreamy deep house. the track flows up and down, with soothing rhodes chords, arpeggios and mumbling vocals setting a summery mood thats perfect for your warm up or daytime party. meanwhile, their third original track from the heart goes even deeper and navigates around a smart vocal loop topped with strings, bleeps, claps and rimshots that just keeps going.
the switzerland based group alma negra are offering a afro- and latininfluenced disco ep tailor made for lumberjacks in hell. with all the instruments played live, this ep sounds like and entire village celebrating the uplifting alma negra signature sound.
the 3rd release on alma negra records is dedicated to the music of eritrea, a small (in african terms, that is) country nestled in between sudan and ethopia on the south end of the red sea. drawing from its native spiritual roots as well as the christian and islamic influences of conquering factions, this multiethnical country is home to an amazingly diverse plethora of cultures and musical styles. on this ep, we are happy to showcase the music of the saho people from the region of zula, which is located in between the coastal lowlands close to the dahlak archipelago. the word saho roughly translates (translated?) as nomad, pointing towards a lifestyle where tradition and culture is being passed on orally over generations. the exact source for these edits of the saho sound are thus lost to the murky depths of history, as they are based on traditional folksongs
the second of alma negras 12 rhythms series is dedicated to the maloya sound from la réunion, a tiny island where a melting pot of cultures is reflected strongly in its music. maloyas roots go back to the time of slavery, its quick tempo and raw energy making it not only a popular dance music but also a powerful protest through movement. on their maloya ep, the basel collective pay tribute to the hypnotic rhythms that were feared both by the catholic church and the french government for the musical forms subversive part in the rebellion against colonialism.
12 rhythms as the name already suggests, is a collection series on alma negra records. each issue is dedicated to a specific rhythm based on its groove stemming from its cultural origins. in a world surrounded by a plethora of grooves and rhythms, we have selected those which influenced us or just simply liked the most. the first issue and first release on alma negra records is dedicated to the unmistakable rhythms of brazil. growing up surrounded by the rich sounds from traditional to totally experimental, brazilian music has heavily influenced our own sound and direction.
it’s safe to say this release marks heist’s most international endeavor so far: next up we’ve got alma negra, 4 guys with roots in portugal, cabo verde, italy and spain, hailing from switzerland. they’re putting out an african influenced ep with german detroit afficionado soulphiction involved for a remix. afro lovers will probably know alma negra because of their great work on highlife, sofrito or basic fingers and we’ve been in touch with them for a long time to make this release happen. their 3 originals are a great showcase of their skills, blending traditional african music with contemporary house and techno.
alma negra is a swizz collective that consists of four musically driven friends, the figuiera brothers dersu & diego who s roots are established firmly in their cape verdian heritage, dario with his half and half portuguese/italian mix and finally mario with spanish roots. they are all passionate diggers who love playing music from all over the world, something that s evident in their productions as well. encompassing jazz, african and latin sounds to soul, funk, disco, house and even techno. as far as inspiration goes they mention donald byrd ,fela kuti and theo parrish. their creative output has let them to release on such fine labels as sofrito, highlife and most recently basic fingers. fans of alma negra include gilles peterson, ben ufo, axel boman, detroit swindle, africaine 808 and tim sweeney. digger s workout part 2 continues where part 1 left us, proving once again alma negra are on a roll. included is a killer remix from osunlade and his yoruba soul mix of safari is deepness on a new level.
alma negra is a swiss collective that consists of four musically driven friends, the figuiera brothers dersu & diego whose roots are established firmly in their cape verdian heritage, dario with his half and half portuguese/italian mix and finally mario with spanish roots. they are all passionate diggers who love playing music from all over the world, something thats evident in their productions as well. encompassing jazz, african and latin sounds to soul, funk, disco, house and even techno. as far as inspiration goes they mention donald byrd, fela kuti and theo parrish. their creative output has let them to release on such fine labels as sofrito, highlife and most recently basic fingers. fans of alma negra include: gilles peterson, ben ufo, axel boman, detroit swindle, africaine 808 and tim sweeney. now they are back with digger’s workout, a fresh and exciting instalment in the basic fingers catalogue - divided into three parts with remixes from esa & santuri, osunlade aka yoruba soul and rainer trueby & corrado bucci present truccy. diggers workouts, part 3 is the final release in the series and continues where the first two volumes left us but thats not all, included is also a remix by the hot duo rainer trueby & corrado bucci present truccy. another essential release in the basic fingers catalogue.
gazel is one of those tunes that went viral from the very first minute. djs like baris k, ata or acid arab are still playin this tune since it was made in 2013. mehmet aslan and dario rohrbach finally managed to create with gazel this kind of tune that blows away every dance floor. the impact was not only on the dance floor. several threads on social media appeared with videos, desperately looking for the track id. but there were also the ones, that had to rip it of a set of baris k, so they can play it. the b-side goes definetly deeper when alma negra is able to make a tune you want to open your set. on this gem they combine northafrican folklore sounds with classic deephouse drumpatterns and trippy synths. fleeting wax has managed to put together some of the most promising artists of the hour, having dario rohrbach on board who is part of the alma negra collective and will hit this year with promising releases for example on yoruba. this release is going to find his way in many dj-bags and wont leave it so fast
alma negra is a swiss collective that consists of four musically driven friends, the figuiera brothers dersu & diego whose roots are established firmly in their cape verdian heritage, dario with his half and half portuguese/italian mix and finally mario with spanish roots. they are all passionate diggers who love playing music from all over the world, something that s evident in their productions as well. encompassing jazz, african and latin sounds to soul, funk, disco, house and even techno. as far as inspiration goes they mention donald byrd, fela kuti and theo parrish. their creative output has led them to release on such fine labels as sofrito, highlife and most recently basic fingers. fans of alma negra includes gilles peterson, ben ufo, axel boman, detroit swindle, africaine 808 and tim sweeney. now they are back with digger s workout, a fresh and exciting instalment in the basic fingers catalogue - divided into three seperate 12 s with remixes from esa & santuri, osunlade aka yoruba soul, rainer trueby & corrado bucci present truccy. digger s workouts, part 1 contains three original cuts and one remix from esa & santuri with spectacular basswork worthy of funkadelic. if you re looking for rattling percussions, irresistible basslines, melodic synths and vocal chants that interweave and do a delicious dance with each other - look no further. this first part of the series is a sure-fire way to send anyone into a near shamanic state. .
a fresh installment in the sofrito super singles series: a limited 3 track ep of raw percussion sounds from the alma negra crew, at the crossroads between organic percussion and electronics, and inspired by the carnival celebrations on the cape verdean island of santiago.
highlife welcomes the return of alma negra! anyone who bothers paying attention to these press releases will note that we have recently been comparing tracks to other artists we admire, or go down the celebrity endorsement route. this time round well do neither. instead we will say, maloya is the first record we’ve listened to 3 times in a row upon receiving it. it has provoked id requests every time weve played it and our dear friend susie crome claims its one of the best records shes ever heard. that’s no mean feat, susie is well versed on the party front. see for yourself.
alma negra is not only a mountain in the cordillera de la ramada range of the andes mountains, it is also a collective who are based in basel, switzerland. the collective is made up of miajica, dario rohrbach & dersu figueria. they are passionate diggers who loves playing music from all over the world & had their debut last year on the infamous sofrito label with heavy edits from the islands of cabo verde. this release on basic fingers is unique in every way, the keyword of this ep is rhythm. the trio has created something truly imaginative, captivating, and capable of tingling every muscle in your body. three wonderfully inventive & accessible tracks & another basic fingers sureshot.
over the past six years, dimensions has become a leading name in the underground, with its festival, international series, dj directory and dimensions soundsystem. now, dimensions extends its influence with the start of its label - dimensions recordings. the label launches with a 12-track compilation across three separate discs. ‘an introduction’ makes a huge statement in setting out the label’s intent and breadth. with artists established and new stepping up to present 12 exclusive tracks. * an introduction part 1 calls upon artists from different corners of the globe who share the similarity of undeniable soul and expression in their music. the ep has an earthy, worldly feel to it. from the swahili sung harmonies on mim suleiman’s ‘pole pole’, to the afro influences of swiss collective alma negra’s ‘onga’, both tracks work raw percussion with just enough swing that either would sit comfortably within latenight uk dance floors or on the sun-kissed beaches of pula, croatia – dimensions festival’s home. then there’s the jazz-tinted glow of istanbul’s kerem akdag whose ‘getdownsoclose’ deep roller makes use of lush pads and rushing snares. closing is maryland’s james tillman, who’s soulful vocals on ‘wander’ sit gracefully over transcendental keys and compellingly loose drumming, rounding off part 1 with a dose of the soul.
jagger botchway is most famous for his work with the hedzoleh soundz and hugh masekela. jagger was also the driving force behind the highly sought-after ghanaian afro-funk masterpiece moving world by the kelenkye band.
deano sounds, along with voodoo funks frank gossner, teamed up to release the kelenkye bands later material, jungle funk, back in 2012. jagger went back into the studio with a group of musicians he had played with from various points in his career to record an album of unique soca and highlife sounds. what was put down on tape was a heavy mix of percussion, striking highlife guitar lines and futuristic synth stabs with soaring african voices. deano sounds and jagger rescued the original multi-track dat tapes that were hiding in obscurity in ghana.
cultures of soul invited a host of todays best remixers to give them the freedom to create their own interpretations of the material. these producers include berlins africaine 808, manchesters ruf dug, switzerlands alma negra and new yorks names you can trust.