Pepe California : MELI-FALI

My tune of the day is brought to you from Japanese band Pepe California all the way back from 2000. Without speaking Japanese its impossible to get really any information on the band but they make excellent lo-fi, dreamy and eclectic music.

Came across them care of a compilation called Music For Dreams: The Sunset Sessions, Vol. 3 by Copenhagen based label Music For Dreams.

Lockdown has pretty much broken me. And now I find myself making endless and needlessly specific playlists for different restaurants around the world that I can’t visit anymore. Favourites from the ‘before times’. The breezy whistled hook and relaxed synths of MALI-FALI goes with a beachside negroni + pasta spot near Naples.

Jungo Sound // Cabo Cabo

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.

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Ollie and Emily

XOA // Aiye Le feat. Dele Sosimi

XOA is a new artist project from Nick Tyson that I came across during a random voyage into the musical depths of Bandcamp. With a vocal feature from afrobeat legend Dele Sosimi I couldn’t not give it a listen.

With ‘Aiye’ XOA has created something wonderful that manages to fuse contemporary electronic production with the classic sounds of afrobeat. Its all warm synths, warm vocals and deep grooves. Live popping bass and plucked guitars get wrapped up in a mist of hazy production and Sosimi’s hypnotic vocal. Right up our street.

Ollie

Dionisio Maio // Dia Ja Manche

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.

Ollie

Acid Arab // La Hafla feat. Sofiane Saidi

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.

Ollie