GC favourite and Enchufada founder Branko is launching a second Enchufada Na Zona compilation. Today he kicks things off with his own single ‘SDDS’. It is a reflective and warm slice of the global club music he is so well known for.
The compilation drops on July 10th and includes a selection of original music, edits and remixes, all created during quarantine from home studios in Lisbon, Accra, São Paulo, London or Paris. Looking forward to hearing it
London based Strut Records are in the midst of releasing some superb compilations of the often overlooked music that came out of Apartheid South Africa. Next Stop Soweto 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco, & Mbaqanga 1975-1985 is the fourth and latest instalment. It will come as no surprise to regular readers that this is my favourite one so far. Disco (afro or otherwise) and Mbanqanga is all music to my ears at the moment and with a compilation like this you know, with a bit of digging, each track will open up a deep vein of music to get into.
Take a listen to the stream of Kabasa’s rock heavy ‘Unga Pfula A Chi Pfalo’ or hit up you’re favourite record shop/spotify app to check out the whole compilation. Saitana’s politically charged stomp ‘1,2,3’ is a particular highlight for me.
Future Classic we know. Future Classic we love. They gave me Chet Faker so I basically owe them one. But I wasn’t quite prepared for this track when our resident Soundcloud ninja Emily passed it to me through some internet pipes.
Immediately I’m hit with a massive wave of nostalgia. Nostalgia for those hours spent messing around with the sounds on some ropey old Casio or Klavinova, hitting the doo wop scat sound and then sticking with it. The 15 year old me took far too much delight in rendering stupidly complex jazz chords in synthesized scat. Unfortunately it was a sound that stayed in the music room … for me at least. I certainly enjoyed this rather excellent James Carter track. (Listen from 2 mins or skip to 4 mins in for the real meat)
Now this sound has found me again on Future Classic with this stupidly catchy future funk disco hybrid from Touch Sensitive. People don’t listen to lyrics anyway so why not reduce that pop hook to just doo’s and wop’s. Why the hell not. Chopped up vocal samples and a stonking disco beat. Instant winner.