apollo proudly presents the return of sw, joined by partner svn for a sublime 6 track ep. sws lush sound design and hypnotic arrangements of 2017s the album had hearts and minds swooning following its license from sued to apollo. its balmy glory won over pitchfork (deeply expressive debut album 8/10), rolling stone (best electronic albums 2017) and xlr8r (best releases 2017) amongst many others. one year later, sw and svn have gone into the studio, together to make some original music specifically for apollo. the results are the 6 tracks on this ep, they share in a typically taciturn statement. taking inspiration from the iconic house and techno of the mid / late 90s - sw and svn combine dreamy melodies and mesmeric grooves with unfussy, focussed minimalism, their beguiling, modern take on classic sounds and rhythms remains thrillingly unique and elusive. while sw and svn are more comfortable out of the limelight, this 6 track ep for apollo once again proves that they are rightly worthy of the hype that swirls around them.
porn sword tobacco and svn return to kontra-musik for another untouchable release far off the beaten techno track. trying anxiously to get with whatever is fashionable right now has never been kontra-musiks way of doing things, and the same goes for porn sword tobacco and svn. thats why were such a good match
tim (aka jean marie tiam) and the sadly departed maurice foty who died in 2011. the musical cousins hails from bafoussam in cameroon. their signature vocal harmony sound may be the first thing you hear, however they also have produced a host of funkiest african funk around. they sing in their native language ngomâlah, as well as duala and english.
africa seven is taking its first trip to germany... well germany via cameroun. charlie kingue soppo is better known as charly kingson, cousin of manu dibango and a cameroonian emigrant in the 1970s. charly first headed to paris and then found his way to munich in 1978. he recorded two albums in his career, “born in africa” in munich in 1978 and “dance to the music” two years later in new york. for this outing we focus on his debut “born in africa”. it was recorded in union studios in munich with some of the city’s finest (and surprisingly funky) session musicians of the day.
für diesen africa seven trip machen wir eine reise nach 1979. funky disco music war ekos dritte lp. es ist mit dem sound, den die bei africa seven haben, verbunden, und nach so vielen jahren haben sie eko endlich in kamerun gefunden und ihn davon überzeugt, dass eine neuauflage definitiv notwendig ist. die lp eröffnet mit dem hellen und erhebenden disco-swing-juwel und titeltrack funky disco music-. punchy hörner, afro-rhythmen und vicky edimo s funky bass treiben diesen groover an, bevor sich das album in die jazz-funk-disco-hymne ndolo embe mulemadolo vertieft. in anlehnung an das zeitalter paris 1979 une chanson sans paroles ist ein französischer power-pop-tune der auf afro swing trifft.
one of the most pivotal figures in the history of malian music is sorry bamba. his work spans five decades and his music bridges the gap between mali s cultural traditions and new the music which arose from the musical cross overs which occurred in mali s post-colonial period. bamba was born in 1938 in mopti. this is dissected by both the niger and bani rivers and known for its rich cultural diversity. bamba s father was a distinguished veteran of emperor samory toure s military and a nobleman in malian society, however, this meant young sorry was forbidden to make music, as under the nation s caste system, music was an art form reserved for the griots.
in 1977 sorry produced his second lp for the paris based sonafric group. long out of print africa seven is pleased to be re-issuing the lp. the re-issue benefits from extensive restoration and re-mastering to a spectral analysis level, bringing and polishing long lost and distorted sounds.
check out african seven for further re-issues of sorry bamba third and first lp.
our hero, jo tongo (born joseph ekambi tongo mpondo) was born and raised in douala cameroon. in 1964 he headed off to paris to begin pharmaceutical studies. somewhere along the way the music in his soul eventually won out and he embarked on a life of music. in the latest of our series of funk experimentals lps we dig for the funk. not necessarily the artists greatest hits but most definitely the funkiest ear benders. we proudly compile together tracks from 1968 to 3 new brand new exclusive tracks from present day 2017. and yes, they all have the funk. in spades.
launched in early 2015 by a collective of crate diggers, afro music-heads and vinyl- buying obsessives, africa seven s aim is to spread the love and knowledge for african music in all its forms. in the wake of this effort, afrosonique vol.1 is the ideal first instalment of a series of compilations bridging african tracks from the 70s and 80s with the most talented artists of today into a remix and re-edit series.
it is late 1972. six emigres from congo, benin and cameroon find themselves in pavia, near milan in italy. sharing a passion for music and dance rooted in african culture they form a band called m bamina (lightning) they and stage their dance and music show in le rotonde di garlasco. two years of hard work and gigging follow before they make their first album african roll, released in 1975.
next up on africa seven is the second edition of our -african funk experimentals- lps. with these we took some of our favourite african artists, choose the most funky we can find and then put together a compilation of their choicest and funkiest tracks. of course that may not be their most popular or best selling tracks..., but that s just fine. we are digging for the funk.
99letters steps up on thrhndrdsvntnn with a collection of chugging, otherworldly house and techno excursions. tape saturated machines groan under ghostly synth pads and layers of static, whilst over driven percussion pounds overhead.
* garland yourself in all the green there is — ivy green, olive green, fennel green, growing green, yearning green, wet sap green, new grape green, green of youth and green of branches, green of mint and green of marsh grass, green of tea leaves, oak and pine, green of washed needles and early rain, green of weeds and green of oceans, green of bottles, ferns and apples, green of dawn-soaked dew and slender green of roots, green fresh out of pools, green slipped under fools, green of the green fuse, green of the honeyed muse, green of the rough caress of ritual, green undaunted by reason or delirium, green of jealous joy, green of the secret holy violence of the thyrsos, green of the sacred iridescence of the dance…* (from anne carsons new translation of bakkhai, by euripides)
supported by roman flügel, Ãme, mad teo, bjørn torske, o dj tg (sähkö recordings),.. obscure norwegian outtput wania with a psychadelic crossover between 80s digital-dub and true basic pattern techno - >stream of love< by busen feat. paleo from berlin/moss/greece. reclusive 12inch edit by dj sotofett. flip-side with dreesvn (from acido records and sex tags mania) - 11 minute surged percussive analogue detroit / rainforest-techno. exclusive mixdown by rasselbande housemæn. new status quo for for how versatile techno should be in the future. !!! already licensed to the upcoming ame mix cd !!!
breakbeats other married couple, baobinga & i.d, step up to the oche and turn out a jackin wobbler of a remix. total club banger and this has been mashing up the dance on the recent aquasky global tour.
omar-s: >>i like donato dozzy from italy, i like his shit. sex tags, they re from norway. scott grooves, theo parrish and kyle hall, and thats it.<< played by: prins thomas, raresh, robag wruhme, robag wruhme, agnes ... mark it off to keep it holy - not to be mistaken for ordinary.!!!!!!
this is a project that aquasky have been working on behind closed doors for the last year. blu rum 13 is better known as the ninja tune artist who has worked on some scene defining moments alongside dj vadim.