Big love to our Not Like That friends for this release from Sunshower. Great EP packed full of huge stadium snares, punchy 80 synth bass and diced n’ sliced vocal samples. Check out the whole EP but my favourite is the closer ‘Virtue’. Grab that download as well and make sure you appreciate the artwork. Loving it.
Analog Africa have done it again and located an absolute treasure trove of undiscovered gems all the way on Cabo Verde, 350 miles off the cost of West Africa. They managed to unearth a bumper collection of electronic dance floor grooves packed and extraterrestrial synths that had gone relatively unheard for decades.
Word has it that a ship packed with synths Baltimore 1968 bound for Rio De Janeiro, the first major showcase of electronic equipment and gadgets in South America. But the ship went missing and appeared off the coast of Cape Verde three months later like it had fallen from the skies. The cargo ended up in storage in a local church, no use to a community without electricity. As electricity became more widespread in the 70s and 80s a cosmic funk scene developed. Great story – even if it isn’t quite true!
They’ve given us a taste of what to expect in this exciting compilation with Dionisio Maio’s ‘Dia Ja Manche’. Full on funky banger with scratching guitar, cutting synths and harmonised vocal hooks. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the release and dig into this music. I spent most of 2015 listening to William Onyeabor so I’m looking forward to making my 2016 about Space Echo and cosmic funk.
I have been digging into some older stuff recently and this track popped up. It is a great chilled out disco, 80s style track . Fantastic songwriting and production. I really want Crystal Bats to release more music!
I definitely thought I posted this a while back, but I didn’t, so here it is now. I have been listening back to some of Vanilla’s old tunes lately and this one from ‘Soft Focus’ is my favourite. Sampled from L.T.D’s ‘Love Will Grow’ (from their 1980 album ‘Shine On’) it really takes this classic track to another level, making it more upbeat and current. Em
Flashing back to my love of ambient funky beats with this track from Maybe Sun. I am really enjoying the lazy synths which remind me somewhat of the 80s. This track gets even better with the added disco claps towards the end. Enjoy and have a good week. Em