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 vogelís 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 itís 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 theyíve 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 almaís 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.
alma negra records are proud to present james stewart, resident dj and co-promoter of monthly night black atlantic club at le sucre in lyon, with his cotonou ep! james stewart is the host, resident dj and co-promoter of monthly night black atlantic club at le sucre in lyon. borrowing the term black atlantic from renowned scholar paul gilroys 1993 book, stewart presents black music as a transnational, incredibly diverse cultural exchange. an avid lecturer on the subject and founder of the blog afrosouldescarga, he merges an intellectual approach with the musical and creative side of things: as an active conga player and percussionist, member of voilaaa sound system and showhost at radio nova. this ep is the work of of a mature and thoughtful musician, combining different musical influences at a high level of production. alma negra records are proud to present james stewart with his cotonou ep!
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.
itís safe to say this release marks heistís most international endeavor so far: next up weíve got alma negra, 4 guys with roots in portugal, cabo verde, italy and spain, hailing from switzerland. theyíre 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 weíve 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 diggerís 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 weíve 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. thatís 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.
marcel vogels latest on lumberjacks in hell welcomes the mighty leftfield nyc mc sensational to flow over his learned disco house grooves. sensational sounds right at home on if you like, and vogel gives him a slightly freaked groove to riff on that works just fine. brown curls taps up khalil anthony, one of the finest uk house vocalists in operation right now, and patchworks remixes it into a dreamy disco funk jam for the boogie brothers and sisters to shake it to. alma negra gets busy with if you like, creating a tumbling afro-centric re-rub par excellence, and then tim jules comes on board with an instrumental version that nudges into tightly wound funk territory.
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. Ďan introductioní makes a huge statement in setting out the labelís 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 suleimanís Ďpole poleí, to the afro influences of swiss collective alma negraís Ďongaí, 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 Ė dimensions festivalís home. then thereís the jazz-tinted glow of istanbulís kerem akdag whose Ďgetdownsocloseí deep roller makes use of lush pads and rushing snares. closing is marylandís james tillman, whoís soulful vocals on Ďwanderí sit gracefully over transcendental keys and compellingly loose drumming, rounding off part 1 with a dose of the soul.
SYNTHESIZE THE SOUL: ASTRO-ATLANTIC HYPNOTICA FROM THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS 1973-1988 (2LP)
2x12" Vinyl UK24.02.17
through 18 diverse tracks, this compilation reveals how immigration from the cape verde islands to europe and the united states gave us an alternate history of the electronic music that dominated hearts and minds across the world in the late 1990s. but the story doesn t start in a major western cultural hub, rather in the small cluster of islands 400 miles off the senegalese coast, and offers an unparalleled insight into the longterm cultural splendor catalyzed by migration. movement and mobility are intrinsic aspirations of the human condition. what we ve come to know as immigration is as old as civilization. yet today we measure immigration through a series of cold data. immigrants are either condemned as disposable threats or celebrated as entrepreneurial treasures, rarely occupying a space in between. seldom do we peer back into the past to examine the tangible and timeless creations born from the movement of peoples, overlooking cultural innovations arguably ahead of their time, precursors to consuming global trends. cape verde today is justifiably hailed as an african political success story, but things were different in the 1980s.
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.
musical collisions in the atlantic! sofrito kicks off the new island series with a a celebration of the vital dancefloor sounds of cape verde - a mixture of local funana rhythms, batuque percussion and psychedelic disco synths. originally released in the early 80s, dionisio maios anthemic corpim sabe is stretched into a 12 inch mix by the alma negra collective - bringing the thumping bassline to the fore and tweaking the piano-led groove into a slice of cosmic island perfection. on the flip the dynamic hide & smile duo splice an early track from trailblazing group bulimundo into a percussive workout - a sure fire winner that bridges the gap between traditional styles and the sounds of kuduro and coupe decalÌĀe. os kings complete the ep with an ode to struggling youth, anchored by sweet guitars and a slick bassline
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.