Phonica Records have just premiered a brand new track from a new 12″ on Soundway Records. Known for digging the depths of countries as wide ranging as Colombia, Kenya and Thailand for forgotten and previously unknown musical gems, the label has turned it’s attention to Guinee, West Africa, for this slab of 1980s Afro-disco from the International Soleil Band.

Composed by Gnamakoron Sidi Diabaté, the track was originally featured on an album released in 1983 by French Warners offshoot WAM (West African Music) – a short lived label that recorded about 20 releases of West African music released in France. Soundway label boss Miles Cleret and Sofrito’s Frankie Francis turn in an edit of the original track, under their Hide & Smile moniker, which sees them tease out a thumping, rolling bass-line intro interspersed with machine-gun drumming and 80s synth before the track drops into a more recognisable West African groove. This one is in the shops now and we guarantee you’ll be hearing it out and about over the summer.

Jun Kamoda is the latest addition to the Mr. Saturday Night roster. The Tokyo MC, DJ and producer spent some time with the guys after one of their famous parties in New York back in 2015. And here we are a few months down the line with The Clay EP. A diverse three track selection ripe for slaying the dancefloor.

First we have Physical Graffiti, a stripped back and chopped up disco track that will really trip everyone out.

Next up is the title track The Clay. A thumping percussion led afro beat track. A track Auntie Flo would be proud of.

And lastly we have Exitus. With a haunting vocal loop and 90’s house sounds.

The Clay EP really showcases Mr. Kamoda’s talents and eclectic taste. We can’t wait to test this one out for ourselves.

One of our favourite releases so far this year, Joakim Bouaziz (a.k.a Jimi Bazzouka) works his magic on what is his third edits only release aptly named Edits Vol.3.

The Frenchman has had a prolific producing career releasing original material and reworks since 2002 while starting up his own record label Tigersushi. Edits Vol.3 was released on Crowdspacer Records, a sub label of Tigersushi.

All three tracks on this release are beefed up edits of unearthed African folk songs. The pick of the three has to be ‘So So Ye’, a deep and soulful re-work of Malian duo Amadou & Mariam’s ‘Se Te Djon Ye’. Bazzkouka has stayed pretty true to the original song adding layers of drums and percussion with a warbling bass line. It all builds up to that special moment when the vocals drop. And boy is it something special. We dropped this at our last party and it went down an absolute treat.

Belgian duo The Dewaele brothers aka Soulwax aka 2ManyDJs’ new record label DEEWEE rolls on this month with another mysterious release – this time from an elusive pair of fellow Belgians called Asa Moto. The info on these two is pretty sparse which leads us to believe it might be the famous pairing who are behind it – indeed the label’s first release by Kranken has widely been called out as having the Dewaele’s fingerprints all over it.

A-side ‘Stay Wake’ is a futuristic slow-jam that reminds us a lot of what Bullion is currently putting out on his DEEK label but it’s the b-side ‘Wanowan Efem’ that really grabbed us. The track reminds us so much of the 80s African electro stuff that’s getting dug up recently – think William Onyeabor, think Awesome Tapes From Africa etc. All lose drums, pummeling analogue bass, chanting vocals, organ stabs and searing synth lines.

We were fortunate enough to be in the wonderful city of Copenhagen, Denmark last weekend and managed to duck out of doing your traditional touristy things for a few hours to visit some record stores.  There are quite a few dotted about the city but public transport is a breeze so if you have the time you can spend a day checking out a chunk of them. We were most looking forward to going to a store called Dorma 21 which specialised in new house and techno from local Scandinavian producers, unfortunately it had closed down recently so we weren’t able to. Even so we did manage to find two great record stores.

Insula Music

Location

Insula Music is a tiny shop located in south KØBENHAVN N with the closest metro station Forum being a 7 minute walk away.

Pricing

20DKK (£2) – 1000DKK (£100)

Selection

Folk, Rock, Afro, Asian, Scandinavian Jazz plus more

Listening

There is one turntable in the shop behind the counter but the owner is more than happy for you to come back and play some records

Vibe

Insula music is a very discrete shop, we only found it because there were boxes of vinyl put out on a table in front of the shop! Its very small with only two racks on either side and one in the centre. Insula sells both new and second hand wax with the owners eclectic and unusual taste in music really shining through in their collection. With that area of Copenhagen inhabited by a large Middle Eastern population there was quite a lot of arabian folk music to choose from. There was also quite a lot of Scandinavian and European Jazz. Most of the records are in great condition and there are definitely a few bargains in there.

 

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Purchases

Sidney Bechet And His Orchestra – 50DKK (£5)

Sly And Robbie – 40DKK (£4)

 

Sound Station

Location

The closest metro to Sound Station again is Forum but this time its a twelve minute walk in the opposite direction. It is in the Frederiksberg area on a main road called Gammel Kongevej.

Pricing

25DKK (£2.50) – 2000DKK (£200)

Selection

A lot !!! Mostly Rock, Jazz, Soul, Folk

Listening

There is one turntable in the shop at the counter that has quite a dodgy connection so listening was testing at times but nothing a wiggle of the wires wouldn’t sort out.

Vibe

Sound Station is a beautiful record store with a massive collection. Its warm wooden decor was very comforting coming in from the cold Copenhagen weather. Each genre takes up a huge amount of space in the shop with floor to ceiling shelves meticulously alphabetised. The guys working there were very accommodating and were more than happy to help point us in the right direction in this otherwise daunting shop. We recommend spending a whole day there as you will need a lot of time to go through just one shelving unit!

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Purchases

Afrique – 150DKK (£15)

Buddy Miles – 25DKK (£2.50)

 

Having formed a part of Fela’s Egypt 80 and the Positive Force band alongside Femi Kuti, Dele Sosimi is up there with the Afrobeat legends. Dele is still very much spearheading the sound, playing often in his hometown of London and abroad backed by his fearsome 15-piece Afrobeat orchestra.

Dele recently released his album ‘You No Fit Touch’ on Wah Wah 45s. The label have now turned it over for the remix treatment and are set to release a package including re-workings by Tru Thoughts‘ Titeknots, Modified Man and Balearic maestro and a producer we just can’t get enough of, Ptaki. For now, here’s a take by Wolf Music‘s very own Medlar and courtesy of the very excellent Stamp The Wax. Absolutely itching to play this one out.

Ata Kak – Daa Nyinaa

Awesome Tapes From Africa

Label founder Brian Shmikovitz started Awesome Tapes From Africa as a blog back in 2006. Scouring the big continent for the rarest grooves he bought a tape from a road side stall on the Cape Coast in Ghana. It was an album called ‘Obaa Sima’ by a man named Ata Kak. It was this tape that was his first post on his blog.

Not much was known about the man himself as Brian struggled to find out. He eventually discovered that Ata Kak (real name Yaw Atta-Owusu) had recorded the album in 1994 in Toronto before moving back to Ghana in 2006.

‘Daa Nyinaa’ is off the album and has recently been released as a 12″ single on ATFA. Remastered using the original tape bought back on the road side in Ghana the song has quite quite a low fi sound to it. But don’t let that discourage you as the track is truly awesome.

Label: Jive Afrika/ Carrere

Release: JIVE T 64/8427

Arguably one of the best afro-disco dance tracks ever produced, blessed with fantastically positive lyrics, and Masekela’s trademark soaring horns. The combination of African choir and an 80’s synth-work is sure to get you moving and keep you moving. It sure has a life affirming quality. Continue reading

Once dubbed the ‘African Elvis’ by The LA Times, Pascal-Emmanuel Sinamoyi Tabu – better known as Tabu Ley Rochereau – was one of Africa’s most prolific songwriters, with 3,000 songs and 250 albums to his name. As leader of the band Orchestre Afrisa International, he pioneered the soukous (African rumba) genre alongside guitarist Dr Nico Kasanda and, fusing soukous with elements elements of Congolese folk music, Cuban, Caribbean and Latin American rumba, he bought his music to the world. Continue reading