We’re very excited to share something really special. The first release from our brand new label Genre Confused Records … Inventive name right?
Eagle eared readers may have already had a taste of the first official release from Jungo Sound when we feature a earlier version of this song a while ago. But its back with a fresh new sound and we can’t wait for you to hear ‘Cabo Cabo’.
Jungo Sound are a production duo, one part from New York and the other from London who bumped into each other at a party in Jamaica. Snow and Ollie (also 1 part of Annie Mac tipped The Busy Twist) together bridge the gap between their cultures and musical experiences to create a sound that is both tropical and old school.
‘Cabo Cabo’ is an introduction to Jungo Sound’s production style. A sound that sits somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic, between The Busy Twist’s multi-culture bass and the beats of Snow’s native USA. Throw on some dreamy saxophone for a track that’s one part tropical chill and one part Angolan Kizomba.
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.
Parisian duo Acid Arab have announced their new album. For our first taste of their new work they’ve released ‘La Halfa’ which features the vocal work of Sofiane Saidi. This track sounds to me like a rework of an instrumental from last year but turned up a notch. It sounds fantastic.
It’s sounds like all the good thing we love about Omar Souleyman and the darker end of the Four Tet spectrum. A great mix and a fitting tribute to the music of North Africa. Looking forward to hearing the album when it drops in October.
After taking a trip to Cuba, Mala has returned with a Peruvian inspired track as a taster of his next album coming soon on the excellent Brownswood Recordings. He worked with the panpipes of Asociacion Juvenil Puno and brought them together with his bass heavy beats. I’m excited to hear how the rhythms and sonics of Peruvian music inspired his production and songwriting over the spread of an album. Now someone needs to put Quantic and Mala back to back on a bill. I’d buy a ticket for that.
The second full length offering from Anchorsong – AKA Tokyo-born, London-based electronic artist Masaaki Yoshida – came out last week on Tru Thoughts and I’ve had it on rotation all week. Ceremonial is an album that, quite literally, wears its African influences on its (record) sleeve.
‘Last Feast’ is a standout track from the album for me. Yoshida’s minimalist production works so well in combination with the playful vocal sample that builds with catchy marimba lines and swirling organs straight out of the West Africa of the 1970s. Full on marimba fun.
It’s eclectic genre-hopping stuff and very Tru Thoughts. Check out some Clap Clap if you want more big African inspired production and if thats all a bit heavy check out ‘Butterflies‘ – one of the lighter and jazzier tracks on Ceremonial.