after a 30-year career in burkina faso, the mandingo singer finally releases his first album. in 2007, with the help of journalist david commeillas and of soundicate’s activists, they founded the label chapa blues records to promote victor’s music. the singer started to work on his album in the small studio improvised by the ouagajungle team at the back of his artist residence in ouagadougou.
this collection of ali hassan kuban’s early cairo hits was first released in 1989 and has been long out of print. now it’s finally available again as a high quality remastered reissue on 180 gram vinyl.
manana presents a new remix ep bringing together some essential re-works of sound species and ache meyis collaboration recordings. originally recorded in 2016 in santiago de cuba during the lead-up to the manana festival in the city, the original sessions were an inspired fusion of ache meyis deep folkloric afro-cuban styles with sound species subtle electronic touches. the new re-works have attracted some familiar names from clubland: broken beat don ig culture keeps the roots of ogun meyi meyi intact with a bass-heavy, percussive attack brilliant uk drummer and producer tom skinner strips back egrem bata jam on a pulsing new version chicago legend ron trent creates a more melodic dancefloor re-work of alinas calypsos while sound species themselves beef up the original afro-haitian rhythms of the same track for a dubbier treatment.
ltd repress! for their first afro-brazilian compilation the german jazz & milk label teamed up with tahira, one of sao paulo s most active djs andmusiccollectors. levanta poeira (afro-brazilian music & rhythms from 1976 - 2016) highlights a few of his favourite dj pearls and encompasses brazil s various regional musical styles influenced by african and amerindian forms. while most foreign music lovers tend to approach brazilian music by having american music genres such as jazz, soul, funk, disco as a reference, tahira s personal wish was to showcase the rich musical roots and facets of his country by featuring carefully selected artists and bands from the past 4 decades. most of these tracks will be made available on vinyl for the very first time with a highlight certainly being tahira s -a toda menina baiana- remix (vinyl-only) of one of brazil s absolute musical heroes, gilberto gil.
double black vinyl with printed inner-sleeves in inyl sleeve with 5mm spine. cd included. following the reissues of their 4 albums on vinyl earlier this year, french band and pioneers of the fusion of world and alternative music les négresses vertes continues to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their first album mlah with a new re-issue of their album 10 remixes. repressed by because music, 10 remixes features remixes of their classics (sous le soleil de bodega, voila lete, zobi la mouche, etc.) by massive attack, gangstarr, clive martin, kwanzaa posse, etc.
multi culti is honoured to reissue this 1996 classic by ghanian highlife legend gyedu blay ambolley, adding amazing remixes by red axes and johnny aux, as well as an in-house edit by dreems & thomas von party. a major force in afro-funk since the early 1970s, gyedu blay ambolley is considered the godfather of hiplife, transforming the highlife genre by adding elements of hip-hop, funk and jazz. the opportunity to reissue the amazing and influential simi rapp is one of the clear high points of the label s trajectory thus far. the reissue package is bolstered by an ecstatic rework by israeli gurus red axes, an early-morning anthem from master remixer johnny aux, and a laid-back house edit from multi culti executive shamans dreems and thomas von party. multi culti: voyaging through time, space and licensing agreements to bring you the best music the world has to offer
kalita records and cc:editions (a new venture by australia’s cc:disco) jointly announce a 12” ep comprised of four of nana tuffour’s greatest electronic burger highlife tracks, accompanied by interview-based liner notes. here, in partnership with nana, we select two highly sought-after songs from his 1993 release ‘genesis’, namely ‘sikyi medley’ and ‘m’anu me ho’, and pair them his with two lesser known yet equally deserving tracks ‘asamando’ and ‘jesus’ from his 1997 cd-only release ‘highlife tropicana’.
inspired by arabic and brazilian vibe, breaking trad is a tribute to a voodoo club experience brand new record of the sheitan brotherhood, breaking trad is an apology to the shamanic side of summer. in those two new tracks, the energy is not based on the bpm rhythm but more on the vibe. when the darkness got a sunburn, breaking trad is the solar cream and the perfect medication to save you.
after years of playing with the moroccan community of brussels, music maker and jazz musician luc mishalle knows every trick of the cross-fertilization of gnawa music, jazz & brass. gnawa is the northern african islamic sufi music with healing vibrations and spiritual lyrics, played by the descendants of african slaves. the album title “beats & pieces” refers to the collaborations with belgian percussionist roel poriau (think of one, antwerp gipsy-ska orkestra), tunisian electronic producer sofyann ben youssef (ammar808, kel assouf) and moroccan-belgian gnawa master maalem driss filali.
kawuku sound is the coming together of uk producers contours & cervo and ugandan percussion troupe fonkodelis arkestra. this is the culmination of a month-long creative process that was born out of the nyege nyege affiliated boutiq studio in kawuku, kampala - uganda. the music was written and recorded in this shared residency space, home to musicians and visual artists from all over east africa and beyond, and a hub for kampala s underground electronic music scene. boutiq studio s diy mentality provided the perfect environment for experimentation, allowing the fusion of these disparate sounds. kawuku sound is a reflection of this, merging the hypnotic and trance-inducing percussion of buganda drumming with elements of contemporary electronics and traditional instrumentation. this the first album release to come out on manchester imprint banana hill as they continue to push the boundaries of afro-electronic sounds.
der begnadete afro-futurist auntie flo aus glasgow fusioniert elektronische club-musik mit weltmusik-rhythmen und wird gerne in einer reihe mit daphni, four tet und romare genannt. nach zwei alben auf dem glasgower label huntleys & palmers erscheint sein drittes werk nun auf gilles peterson’s brownswood. mit -radio highlife- gelingt ihm seine bislang ambitionierteste arbeit, an der befreundete musiker aus aller welt wie laurie pitt (golden teacher), der senegalesische multiinstrumentalist mame ndiack, uk-produzent/sänger andrew ashong und der kubanische percussionist yissy garcia teilnahmen.
hailing from barcelona, the 12tree crew fire up their own in-house label hot piroski with a sterling opening round that s already garnering support from the likes of pete herbert, crazy p, psychemagik and more. the original track on the a side, -sugamomma,- is a well-rounded, full-fat dancefloor burner that should sit comfortably with fans of hot natured et al, given an extra boost with a sample of a young stevie wonder. on the flip, afrobeat classic n gwode by aleke kanonu gets a respectful edit that injects just the right amount of extra groove without diluting the loose, infectious soul of the original
vaudou game, the french afro-funk band, is back from togo with a brand new album called otodi (out oct 26th 2018).
otodi was the name of the recording studio in lomé, closed in 1987, and which peter solo, the band leader and his crew reopened during the spring 2018 to record these all analog 13 brilliant songs.
from this amazing album, here comes a 7 inch single dedicated to afro-funk dj’s and radio. pure afro-funk with togolese soul!
repress !! urgent: our agents recently tracked safe trip organisation ringleader young marco to south afirca, where he was expanding the collectives shadow network, past fire. he was spotted handing writable compact discs – popularly known as cd-rs – to unknown associates. through interrogation, we managed to extract a copy of one of these discs, which bore the handwritten text: pf99 dance forever.
so unterschiedliche einflüsse wie funk, psychedelic rock, latin und electronica zu schmieden ist nie einfach, aber “exotic other” beweist, dass diese band der aufgabe mehr als gewachsen ist. “exotic other” ist das debütalbum von animanz aus london und der argentinischen und kongolesischen sängerin juanita euka. mit neun ansteckenden funk-infizierten tracks ist das album eine dynamische reise durch die rockige exotik. aromen von rhumba, cumbia und merengue bis hin zur punk-attitüde und elektro-energie des club-funk-sounds des titeltracks “exotic other” repräsentieren die rasante und vielfältige art ihrer heimat london. die vinyl-lp erscheint inklusive downloadcode.
pushing at the edges which define techno, afro and deep house these three tracks bring fresh heat to the dancefloor, creating an ethereal mood whilst delivering maximum power and energy. if paired down, minimal electronic percussive sounds are your thing, lead track ligai will tick all the boxes. stina follows with driving, syncopated beats and a killer pan-pipe riff to hook you in. closing the record sand brings a deeper, atmospheric track loaded with floating m1 textures, warm bass and spirited percussion fills. all in all a highly effective and inventive slice of wax with a voguish twist to groove to.
gyedu’s first album, released in 1975. super funky highlife tunes here. includes the killer tunes fa no dem ara, this hustling world and akoko ba. the album is written and produced with ebo taylor. gyedu-blay ambolley unleashed his unique brand of -simigwa- music on an eager yet unsuspecting world in 1975 with the release of this, his debut album. suffused with his larger-than-life personality, this lp ia an absolutely irresistable manifesto of his heavy afro-funk simigwa philosophy. long sought after by collectors, academy lp’s and voodoo funk have teamed up once again to revive this incredible record from the vibrant musical scene of 70’s west africa. mastered from the original master tapes and featuring the rather remarkable original sleeve, this is an ultra high-quality reissue that continues the reputation acadamy has built up with its previous releases!
heat in two belgian flavors! check out the zaïrian electronic dance floor banger “nakombe nga” by les choc stars. comes with the dope, largely unheard belgium new beat version on the flip from the teknokrat s. both tracks were originally released in 1989 and this is the first time they appear together on 12-. reissue co-curated with renowned record fiend john gomez. the music on this winning double-sider was written by tony baron and gery françois, two belgian producers that were involved in several musical projects on the new beat scene in the 1980s. they worked under many aliases and recorded the teknokrat’s haunting “what did she say?” at the famous studio madeleine in brussels in 1989. prompted by jean martin from espera records, baron adapted the music into a further two songs to be released that year, virginity’s melancholic “the key”, and the surprising but ear catching collaboration with the label’s soukous stars, ben nyamabos les choc stars du zaire. it is still a mystery how the seeds were planted for the one-off pairing that culminated in the electronic soukous bomb “nakombe nga”. what is certain is that it is set to light up dancefloors worldwide.
tired of reading the words ‘classic’, ‘masterpiece’, ‘missing link’, ‘cult’, ‘seminal’ in every press release? just trust us on this one: this is the real deal. we have no choice but to use those words and urge you to (re)discover one of the ultimate afro disco lost classics. if you’ve never heard it, thank god. if you’re one of the very few connoisseurs who have, get to experience it in a carefully remastered version.
lock yourself into the beat, but don’t become prisoner to it. the techno pioneer jeff mills understands that only too well. in his quest to liberate himself from the tyranny of the sequencer, mills couldn’t wish for a better partner than the father of afrobeat.
limited edition of 500 numbered copies. the double vinyl is housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve with download code included.
lucky brown is forging new paths by soaking up musical styles from all over the world to infuse with his own trademark sound. those who praise the cross-cultural musical experiments of mulatu astatke of the 1960s and menahan street band of the 2000s will love this album.
modulare synthesizer treffen auf marokkanische gnawa-tradition. begnadete kollaboration zwischen dem britischen synth-wizard james holden, berüchtigt für seine offenheit gegenüber neuen, nie betretenen wegen und soundexperimenten, und maalem houssam guinia, sohn der verstorbenen gnawa-legende und holden-kollaborateurs maalem mahmoud guinia. drei live aufgenommene world music-tracks mit nordafrikanischen gesängen, aufgenommen 2016 in london. limitierte auflage.
fortuna records return with a mysterious album by the anonymous artist known only as moontribe. a deep-space journey between tribal percussion, hypnotizing organs and long echo ripples, all joining in for a snake-charming voodoo ritual of which moontribe is the shaman. expect african drums, hints of cumbia, and distant galaxy exploration in unmeasured doses. an absolute must-have for fans of sun ra, moondog and idris ackamoor.
heavy afro boogie 12- by cameroonian-born singer dick dickson. 2nd release of beaumonde.. keep an eye on this label! . he was clearly aiming for the us funk sound in fashion at the time when he recorded in the pocket in 1986.the session took place in togo and had band members come from congo, cameroon and the french west indies making the music of in the pocket an outstanding rendezvous between electrified-boogie and african influenced groove. with the help of régine féline’s sensual voice, melodic synth pads and distinctive slap bass, in the pocket grabs you instantly. totally overlooked upon its release, beaumonde felt that dick dickson’s unique offering deserved a second chance.
a surefire afro-funk classic, long treasured by collectors across the globe, the fantastic self-titled lp from ghanaian singing/percussion sensation sidiku buari nevertheless remains a criminally hard-to find gem. we re honoured to present the first ever officially licensed vinyl reissue of this undoubted masterpiece. limited to just 500 copies. originally released on rca in 1975, this is, quite simply, a ridiculous record. this super-rare album boasts an all-star cast of top funk instrumentalists playing alongside buari as he blends heavy african rhythms with american soul-funk grooves. the arrangements and the playing are incredibly tight and the album is stacked with killer tracks including advice from father (sampled brilliantly by kenny dope) and ku ka maria, with its intense, neck-snapping breaks and funky drumming from legend bernard pretty purdie. purdie is in the pocket for the entirety of this stunning lp the drumming is just straight out of hand so varied yet so precise. it s not hard to fathom why these tracks have always been huge on the b-boy/breaking scene. other standouts include the wonderful disco-tinged afro monsters karam bani and -iro le pa plus the cool laidback groove of them yebtheyet. with access to the original analogue tape transfers, simon francis stellar mastering elevates the sound throughout and, as ever, it has been pressed at a reassuringly weighty 180g.
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ltd repress !! contrary to the songs name, this interpretation of a traditional afro-brasilian candomble song, appears to be forged from mythical lost amazonian gold. recorded in sao paulo with an allstar cast of arteria fm (on vocal duties), salvador araguaya (caressing the viola caipira) & spaniol (stroking the baixo), steered by nicola s production prowess, this quartet delivers a melodic enhancement to the summer sun. as if the sun wasn t shining bright enough already, the single comes backed by a remarkable remixer ensemble procured from their duties as fellow sun-worshippers: xique-xique s dragonfruit mix is a wondrous journey full of surprising leaps and bounds, alternating between hypnotic electronics and organic song structure. saving the best til last he raises the energy whilst keep the beats low and the vibes ecstatic. hit ! crussen s creamy cocodub raises the energy whilst concentrating on a dubbed out groove, (that) classic crussen bassline and carefully sliced & re-appropriated vocals. finally in-house poster-boy carrot green s granola mix combines disco, deep grainy bassines, juicy bells and signature flourishes into a bowl of magical mind-whirling hip-spinning edible sex.
super dope compilation of vol 1, vol 2 and unreleased tracks by the somalian dur-dur band. the funk is strong on this.. heavy productions, lo-fi, tape hiss all over the recordings but still so much definition and dynamics. big tip!
a year after his debut outing on the label, max essa makes a welcome return to hell yeah with the han zon roc ep, which is another of his impossibly laidback offerings. essa is of course the long time uk talent who has become a part of the balearic mafia thanks to releases on labels like aficionado, music for dreams, and his own jansen jardin. this is the second coming together of artist and label and is another timeless excursion far out to sea. opener han zon roc (midori coup) is an epic 12inch minute adventure that slowly awakens your spirit with new age guitar plucks and heavenly ambience before organic drums slowly being to drift into earshot. they grow ever larger as synths start to spray about the mix, hand drums pitter patter and big chords bring the soul-shine. its like the soundtrack to an afternoon boat party all condensed into one brilliant cut. how you showed me everything then gets super chill with lazy drum tumbles, bendy guitar lines and scattered hits. withering cosmic chords colour the airwaves and its a track that will slow your heartbeat to nothing. last of all, rain birds alfalfa jam is a analogue drum work out with early 90s hip hop influences and diving basslines. it s light and airy, nimble and playful and of course filled with the sort of tropical rays that make all of essa works so brilliantly escapist.
recorded in denmark in 1986 by the then up and coming afro pop singer kojo antwi from ghana, the tunes were issued in limited numbers as he was leaving denmark, sparking his international solo career after he left the classique vibes. though a popular favourite on cassette in ghana his debut album was only released in small numbers in europe and never achieved the same attention. the tracks selected here showcases kojos transition from the highlife sound of the classique vibes to the more drum machine driven highlife disco on ‘hini mi as well as the deep, computerized reggae
universal cave unleash the 10th release in their catalogue with the universal cave wizards and dynamic duo superprince sharing the re-edit duties. universal cave provide the goods for the a side firing off a percussion heavy, latin flavoured bomb in lambada - just wait for those epic fills, sure to whip any crowd into raptures. take your time (universal cave s 909 rubdown) then lays up a hip house vocal flavoured, 909 enhanced 80 s bomb. flip it over and superprince take the reigns with your kind of love - funked up disco goodness, reworked with an extra helping of devilshness. the last slice of gold, hang high takes the tempo down to a string swelling, souped up, cosmic swagger. two sides, two artists but four entrancing edits to add to the universal cave repertoire.
2016 fand in santiago de cuba das manana festival statt. es führte zu einem intensiven dialog zwischen vertretern regional-karibischer musiktraditionen und internationalen independent-künstlern aus dem spannungsfeld von dance, avantgarde und jazz. mit der gründung des labels manana wurden vor ort geknüpfte fäden aufgenommen und weitergesponnen. daraus resultierten bereits zwei außergewöhnliche tonträger. -soundspecies & ache meyi- ist der dritte dieser reihe, er fusioniert auf aufsehenerregende weise folk aus kuba mit britischer elektronik. hinter soundspecies verbergen sich zwei als djs und produzenten aktive brüder aus dem englischen dorset. in ihrer musik loten sie die verbindungen zwischen den klängen und formen elektronischer tanzmusik einerseits und den repetitiven mustern von traditionellem folk andererseits aus. die formation ache meyi hat sich hingegen afro-haitianischen rhythmen und stilen wie bembe, vodu, gaga und merengue verschrieben. und das auf eine ziemlich dynamische weise, was angesichts des bandnamens wenig überrascht. die yoruba-begriffe -ache- und -meyi- bedeuten so viel doppelte power.
afro was our first international release, and our first attempt to bring afro-peruvian music up to date in the same way as nicomedes santa cruz and others did decades ago when the fragile existence of this music was fading. we were very satisfied with the result, which is raw and acoustic but at the same time electronic. dark but soulful. deep and haunting at times. we are joined on this album by some of the finest afro-peruvian musicians on cajon, guitar and vocals giving every song a live feel and the album includes additional production on all tracks by nitin sawhney s and da lata s studio wizard toni economides.
recorded in novalima s home studio in lima, their album “karimba” (hot iron used to mark the cattle, as well as the slaves) takes novalima music into new levels, introducing both new sounds and traditional rhythms like the panalivio, zamacueca, ingá and tondero, while maintaining their distinctive afro and dub sound. their reputation at home allowed them to work with two of the top traditional musicians in the city in what would be their last recorded performance: vocalists pepe vasquez, rosita guzman, and sofia buitron as well as guitarists roberto arguedas and felix casaverde (former guitarist of chabuca granda), in addition to members of the live band.
strut continue their essential work with the godfather of ethio jazz, mulatu astatke, with the first official reissues of his early classics afro latin soul volumes 1 and 2 from 1966, recorded as the ethiopian quintet. arriving after astatkes life-changing years studying at berklee college in boston, the albums were the first experiments in his pioneering sound, fusing ethiopian cultural music with afro latin and jazz forms
limited hand-stamped, the mystifying oracle blesses us with more supernatural selections ! as the spirits return to the other side, it seems they left us a goodbye gift... by turns a salvia soaked stroll through sweaty disco shamanism, an uptempo synth powered wig-flipper, backed with a disco-soca grail & a persuasively pokey paean to north africa. as usual, no info to be had, other than a cleverly plotted out ouija of the label name, some very fetching old school blue master bag sleeves & four incredible cuts of secret origin via the mystifying oracle that is mutable...
official repress on 12inch of these sought after charly kingson tunes. the label says: charly kingson, (ps. for charlie kingue soppo) is a legend of afro-funk who managed to shake the entire continent up with his infamous 1978 lp, born in africa. often forgotten when conversations turn to afro-dance, and the likes of tony allen or fela kuti, he has been an incredible source of inspiration to many musicians exploring the funkier side of jazz-dance, and this album itself goes way beyond any traditional notion of tropical discotheque. -born in african- itself is a funky groover for the dancefloor and here is the original 1982 remix, made by dutch legendary percussionist eddie conard available again, featuring nimele bolo on the flip-side. released in 1982 on ariola/fleet, but also pressed on the original fleet label. the latter (remarkably with identical catalog-number) never saw daylight. but, we got them all! all in all, this hard to find 12 inch (at discogs copies on the ariola/fleet label go for around 250 euro) was recently re-discovered, and now you can finally enjoy it again
this month we have what is the start of a string of previously unreleased bangers from the soul, funk and disco legend bobby boyd, we have been working on this for a long time and really proud to be working alongside bobby representing him. first up we have love goddess, a floaty driving disco soul number thats bound to get some spins by the northern boys as well as deep disco heads, i know its been doing this business when i play it, on the flip and classic horn driven funky soul in bobbys classic style and solid songwriting, essential. if your not a rare soul or disco collector bobby s name might not be a name your familiar with but as one of the founder members of lafayette afro rock band you will have experienced his music and influence which is far reaching.
los suruba proudly present the fifth release signed by their record label nazca called ‘el abuelo’ by rodrigo gallardo, accompanied by the pleasant voice of fernando milagros. los suruba are involved in many musical projects like signing a remix with the dj and designer marcelo burlon, one of the big names in the new generation fashion industry and owner of the brand county of milan amongst others. los suruba themselves, after signing tracks that will be out soon with sol selectas and tale & tone back this ep with a remix followed by dandara who has released with underyourskin, lump and slowsociety.
fresh from touring with hugh masekela (the boys doin it), gboyega adelaja goes into the lab to drop heavy keyboard science on his moog and fender rhodes. its joe sample meets the afro funk of blo. with names like jake sollo on guitars, mike odumusu (blo, osibisa) on bass guitar and gasper lawal on percussion. this is a top quality, afro-funk, all-stars affair that shines from the inspired interventions, masterly arrangements to the sublime production.
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 4th edition in the acclaimed sterns edits series sees curator ben gomori open up the sterns music catalogue to other keen re-editors with brownswood / worldwide genius smbd (aka simbad) the first to step up to the plate. nigeria s segun adewale is sometimes referred to as the crown prince of jùjú music, but in the 1980s he developed a sound all of his own, which he called yo-pop. a mixture of jùjú, funk, reggae, afrobeat and jazz, its vibrant melange can be heard on his 1986 record ojo je , where both these originals are taken from. smbd delivers too superb flips of the title track a gritty funk-fuelled disco version with live bass, and a deliciously deep dub-house version. gomori, meanwhile, takes the haunting atewo-lara ka tepa mo se for an extended hypnotic, tribal trip. the stunning artwork comes from kofi ankobra, the son of radical white south africans who grew up in ghana and studied art at oshogbo, nigeria the place adewale himself was born. sterns edits is an official collaboration between african music stalwarts sterns music and londons ben gomori.
students red axes are very excited to present the first part of their new project called: trips, a multi media venture combining music, film and travelling across the globe in pursuit of extra ordinary collaborations. niv arzi and dori sadovnik are seeking to discover new grounds and sounds, and to record local musicians, indigenous instruments and present workshops for youth music schools. in march of 2017, the israeli duo touched down in africa for the first time, and set up camp in both ethiopia and ivory coast, yielding in africa, a triple header ep which features three slices of contemporary body music, with both east and west african musical motifs. the project will always present a musical release, on vinyl and digital, that was created on the trip, accompanied with a documentary, showing the whole journey.
analog africa s neunte veröffentlichung ihrer limited edition serie ist ein fantastischer dancefloor sommercocktail aus highlife, funk und synths des ghanaischen bandleaders gyedu-blay ambolley, zusammengefasst in einer 4 track-lp. in den 1980er jahren begann der ghanaische bandleader gyedu-blay ambolley mit elektronischen instrumenten zu experimentieren, und das ergebnis war ein potenter cocktail aus highlife, funk, explorativen synthesizern und rechtschaffenem gesang, dem sound eines unruhigen genies, das die traditionellen sounds des highlife in eine mutige neue zukunft treiben wollte.
the 8th instalment of am records contains 4 percussive edits by afrobot, the grooves function as dj tools for various occasions.
-soca trance- will bring some extra heat on the dance floor, it s a heavily cut-up, rough electronic soca rhythm with fragments of looped steeldrum melody on top. -i m alive- is another latin banger, a piece of proto house with some lush vocals in the background and a synthesized tropical bird flying over. on the flip, kalao is an underground afro/french drum track with lots of flanged percussion, cheering black vocals and an elephant passing by. body & soul is the most discoish edit of all: a hypnotic groove with a killer baseline (and a flute sound) interrupted by an uplifting drumbreak.
acclaimed purveyors of magical (classic) world and soulful grooves, diephuis & jephte guillaume, release their colourful summer afro jam, baba m fa njika - featuring the electrifying voice of cameroon’s songbird, barbara gwanmesia. as you’d come to expect from this duo, baba m fa njika’ is a musical feast of earthy afro beats, hypnotic synths, infectious sax and rhythmic vocal chants, which, pirouetting around barbara’s magnetic croon, throbs with the love, hope and gratitude that the lyrics exude. there could be no better expression of positive power than that unleashed on this gem release from the prestigious shelter records.
djeuhdjoah & lieutenant nicholson is a french composers and afro-soul singer s duo. t es qui ? is their first album, fruit of an intense collaboration during many years, on stage and in studio. they call their music as -afropean songs-, a collection of jazzy-pop melodies, afro-soul and funk arrangements. they ll be back in november with a tremendous afro-jazz and funky album titled aimez ces airs. until then, they present -el nino-, an afro-funk gem about climate change, and -fontaine-, an afro hit with a great combination of analog take and electronic dancefloor ingredients. after massive support from national radios and prestigious djs such as gilles peterson, it could be the funky summer hit 2018! limited press on a deluxe vinyl designed by the artist felix.
wiederveröffentlichung von aura’s “spiritual conection” album aus dem jahre 1976. die unsichtbaren kräfte, die um sich herum ausstrahlen, sind immer naturkräfte des schicksals. der glaube selbst ist gott. aura’s reise könnte man am besten als einen spirituellen aufruf beschreiben, mensch und musik zu verbinden. ein fester glaube an uns selbst hat diese gruppe an diesen punkt gebracht, aura macht eine astralreise. dies ist ein album, das eine aufrichtig süße frucht der entschlossenheit ist, gefühlvoll genug, um dich in wahre lebenserfahrungen guter musik zu verwandeln.
just in time for summer, rnt drops a 3-tracker of tropical heat from brazilian outfit balako. although relative newcomers, their production prowess has been known to their rio de janeiro musical community and beyond for some time, and is on full display here. the a-side showcases their knack for modernizing the canonical brazilian mpb sound, from the deceptively demonic build of batuque, to the acidic-leaning lilt of deixa acontecer. the flip side takes a hard turn left of field with honey honey honey, a 9 minute opus of afro-brazilian disco insanity, primed for those balmy summertime roof parties.
legalize lambada step up for their 4th outing with four delectable afro disco edits from sputnik. ‘superlove see s sputnik channel a south-african take on early garage house before melting feeling fine , the reggae tinged, afro boogie gem. on the flip side, groove me unearths some feel good cameroonian disco gold complete with killer guitar solo, whilst rick closes out the e.p. dropping the tempo for a synth soul, slow jam. with early support from hunee, lexx and the likes, leg004 is shaping up to be one of the summers standouts.
strut presents the brand new album an angel fell from cosmic jazz travellers the pyramids, led by saxophonist idris ackamoor. produced by malcolm catto of the heliocentrics, the album was recorded during an intense week at quatermass studios in london. some of the many highlights include the poignant title track depicting a fallen angel in purgatory, outrage and grief on the powerful, hard hitting soliloquy for michael brown and the lilting, beautiful album closer, sunset. the pyramids originally came together in 1972 at antioch college, yellow springs, ohio where teachers included renowned pianist, cecil taylor. after forming in paris and embarking on a cultural odyssey across africa, the group recorded three independent albums,‘lalibela (1973), king of kings (1974) and birth/speed/merging (1976) and became renowned for their striking live shows, mixing percussive, spiritual and space-age jazz with performance theatre and dance.