cain is back with a bang this summer! the smile inducing eshu probably one of the biggest tracks he s made to date and one we ve sat on for too long now. as always, the other two tracks are equally as varied and great phoenix makes for a great opener and hoji is a current lena willikens hit.
highlife throws a curveball for its next release with a piece of kwaito from south africas dj call me. a track sweeter than irn bru, we first stumbled across marry me on the radio by the new york dj, sadaf. after a quick search, we found it on youtube with over a million views, only to discover it had been track of the summer(s) back in south africa at the start of the decade. almost a searching for sugarman moment. the track wasn’t available to buy in any kind of format, and so began an elaborate quest to track down the artist via his defunct facebook page. after many an unanswered email and a couple of years persistence, we finally managed to track down a manager still in touch with dj call me, and we’re now involved in some regular whatsapp exchanges with the man himself. after showing it to a select group of dj pals, it began to show up on the id of music facebook group, courtesy of plays by the likes of axel boman, hunee & kornel kovacs. last summer, auntie flo and andrew played at a wedding in beirut and this track got such a massive reaction that weve been dying to share it with you ever since
having been rinsed by the likes of dixon over the summer, were very happy to finally release auntie flos remix of oumou sangare! its complimented by a brand new original by the man himself on the flip, desert island.
becoming something of a label mainstay, cain returns to highlife! his fourth release sirin is a big yin! it s been a secret weapon round these parts for a while now and we re finally pleased to be sharing it with you alongside the kicking kaldi and tumbi , which serves as a summer sweetener. with early support from the likes of ben ufo, jackmaster and damian lazarus (who recently opened his sonar set with tumbi) we anticipate it being a big release throughout the festival season.
in the final chapter of the theory of flo story, we ve enlisted the services of the mighty dj sotofett to remix the closing track for mihaly , and what a job he s done! dark, weird and percussive -just how we like it. we also include brand new versions featuring occasional live drummer, laurie pitt and a reprise with poppy ackroyd. credits remixed & reproduced by dj sotofett at wania 1. guitar solo by jeks. synthesizers, percussion & programming by dj sotofett percussion & violin by laurie pitt and poppy ackroyd
next up in the series of remixes for auntie flos acclaimed theory of flo lp, we ve employed the services of our buddies from stockholm, london and russia in the form of kornél kovács, throwing shade and lipelis respectively. each of them have done an amazing job turning each track into something very special, as we re sure youll agree.. released on vinyl courtesy of highlife x huntleys + palmers in march 2017.
introducing the next release on highlife - our secret weapons by the mysterious tanzania sound system. if you ve caught us playing anywhere this year, you ll have heard at least one of these. now it s time to share the goodness...
HIGHLIFE 011 (INC. MARK E & AFRICAINE 808 REMIXES)
12" Vinyl UK04.11.16
having been shortlisted for the scottish album of the year​, award, we follow up theory of flo with some stellar remixes from friends and associates.. next up in the series, we ve employed the services of our berlin buddies, africaine 808 and a long time favourite producer of ours, mark e, who have each delivered a blinder. auntie flo himself tops things off with a brand new version of the album opener primed for the dancefloor
having been recently shortlisted for the scottish album of the year award, we follow up theory of flo with some stellar remixes from friends and associates. first up highlife label mates, mehmet aslan and cain deliver the goods on cape malay prayer and hewal3 - as to be expected. what wasn t planned was this sublime rework by the revenge. we felt so precious about waiting for a (woman) - convinced that the original was too good to be tampered with - until an unexpected turn of events brought our fellow glaswegian (and say nominee) to the controls, resulting in a sophisticated rework for the dancefloor - who better really when you think about it?! released on vinyl courtesy of highlife x h+p this summer. more remixes on the way..
following his nagan belter and fresh from his recent appearance on the boiler room, cain returns to india with two superb rhythmic releases on highlife. early support from ben ufo, optimo, midland, pearson sound, studio barnhus, honey soundsystem, cowboy rhythmbox, etc.
following his nagan belter, cain returns to india with two superb rhythmic releases on highlife. early support from ben ufo, optimo, midland, pearson sound, studio barnhus, honey soundsystem, cowboy rhythmbox, etc.
the highlife world series is a collaborative series of releases by uk-based brian d’souza aka auntie flo and esa williams. the first three parts are to be released in quick succession in early 2015, beginning with cuba, followed by kenya and finishing with uganda. each release features original songs produced in collaboration with local musicians. all proceeds from each release will be sent back to the respective countries in order to fund further musical production costs in years to come. we will also be seeking various ways to distribute the music in each country so the music is freely available for the musicians to use at home.
esa returns with the final instalment for this highlife world series which included previous releases cuba and kenya. having been invited to attend the east africa music conference doadoa in jinja, uganda back in 2014 and again in 2015, esa shares the sounds of a new breed of talent and ideas emerging from east africa and beyond, showcases music not only from uganda but artist from burundi, rwanda, kenya and south africa who all attended the conference.
next up in the highlife world series, we ake a trip to kenya where our man esa plays the role of producer for the first time with super talented local musicians sarabi and makadem (aka the fela of kenya). instantly timeless on both sides, see for yourself.
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.
introducing previous highlife guest, cain for his first vinyl release. weve been asked about nagan joyously infectious vocals all summer since its debut on our rinse show and are excited to finally share it along with highlife exclusive, vatula. think daphni via delhi and youll be in a similar ballpark.
we hope you will permit us the indulgence of deviating slightly from our globe trotting explorations on this release as we pay homage to the sun. highlife on holiday, if you will. stepping away from the edits, auntie flo delivers a new original track. sun ritual ii takes things up a notch from its earlier counterpart (released on kompakt), banging dare-we-say-it berghain techno gives way to warm synth-laden euphoria. on the flip, miajica, one third of alma negra who you may recall from highlife2. here he serves up a delightfully familiar summer treat, the original being an end of the night, highlife highlight, particularly at our annual tribute to the sun event. we are sure you will agree that both sides are rock solid and primed for the summer!
for our fourth installment, we turn our focus to the middle east this time. presenting a bit more of an early doors tip with mehmet aslan making another appearance , serving up a turkish folk nugget and tel avivs mighty red axes delivering an industrial disco gem.
so far in the highlife series, weve touched on south america, the caribbean and turkey in our globetrotting excursions. our next port of call is south africa where h+p crew member, esa serves up two outstanding acidic takes on music from his homeland.
new in the highlife series are two fresh gems from basel in switzerland. introducing a turkish toe tapper by mehmet arslan and a tropical treat from alma negra, both of the family affairs crew in the city.
introducing the highlife edits from h&p affiliated artists after the party of the same name. as the title suggests, both tracks by resident dj auntie flo are rooted in african music and designed to set dancefloors alight.