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Jewish Monkeys

High Words

Oy Brigitte 
Jm Fever 
Post Midlife Dance 
Alte Kacker 
Titina 
Pupik 
High Words 
I Wonder 
Romania 

Mania Regressia

Caravan Petrol 

Caravan Petrol / I want control / Nissan Patrol 
Remote control / Caraca-racara… / Caravan Petrol 

Oy isn’t it an oily planet? /Money feeds the oily expectations of the oil-consuming nations / Leads to global exploitation / I used to be a motherfucker, not knowing what to do in life/I was looking for sensation / In the army of salvation/ But they didn’t have a clue/If only they would see/ How clean the world could be/If they just exchanged the oil for solar energy / Wouldn’t it be nice? / If I went to paradise / Leaving earth a better place /Unspoiled by human race / 

I used to be a motherfucker /Not knowing what to do in life / I was living in disguise / And was hiding from my wife / Desperately wandering in the desert/Trying to purify some water/ But instead I met the daughter / Of the Sheik who owned the well / Well well well well! Fatima Morgana / I showed her my banana / We listened to Santana / This desert is Nirvana / Fatima Morgana /Was licking my banana / Erupting a Fontana / Her Papa was in oil / oyoyoyoyoy Oil /I start to like the goil 

He needed the sheik’s water/ But instead I fucked his daughter / Now the sheik he wants to slaughter / Everyone who fucks his girl / A little defloration /That was such a big sensation / Had to take her for my wife / To escape her Papa’s knife / Kni kni kni kni kni knife / The best chance of my life! 

(instrumental intermezzo) 

If only it could be / That the oil belonged to me / I would sell this whole Nirvana / And end my misery / Be rich eternally / Fuck solar energy / And all humanity / If only they could see / That the king of oil is me / And my oily queen is Fati.. Fatima Morgana/ Ala ala ala / I want her Papa’s car / I’m going to be a star/ I don’t give a shit about pollution / Only the petrol distribution / Is the only right solution / Stop this eco-revolution

Black but Sweet 

What is the woman and you will see, a nice black woman they call Didi / When she presses sweet lips to mine / I said Mammy kiss Pappy all the time 

She is black and only and that is all / She is black and only and that is all / When men meet her, they bound to fall / Until her Mammy doesn’t sleep, oh Lord 

What is the woman and you will see / A nice black woman they call Didi / when she presses sweet lips to mine / I said Mammy kiss Pappy all the time / Didi is that bright of my heart / I felt so funny with her to part / The people in the country of Caroline / can tell how Didi loves Houdini 

Young boy think that they fight for me / Don’t put yourself into difficulties / For it is for this positive fact / The sweetest women in the world of luck / Don’t you mind when you get up old / It’s for never mute, keep cost in your soul / With your black baby you are born to stay / You cannot leave her and go away 

I said Didi, I’m going away / But no longer I cannot stay / Mammy as it is, for this is fact / Sweet Houdini soon is coming back

Luba Lubaviczer 

Petrosilia / Che Guevara 
Rojte Paprika / Mata Hari 
Superwomen / Metaplastik 
Mamographia 

LUBA LUBAVICZER 

Krimme Fiess / Groisse Zitzkalach / Ciciollina 
Mania Regressia / Pizda Kurva 
Kama Sutra / Pseudo Palavra 

LUBA LUBAVICZER 

Luba, Luba, Luba, Luba!! / 
Dayne Oygn hobn sech arayngedrayt in mayne Nishume/ Und ich bin im / Ganzn meshigge gewordn / Oy oy oy oy 

(English): 
Luba, Luba, Luba, Luba!! / Your eyes crashed into my soul/and I became totally crazy/Oy oy oy oy 

Papirossen / Hare Krishna 
Cucarracia / Hiper Histeria 
Noch a zingale / Semi Conductor / Toda la Noce 

LUBA LUBAVICZER 

Alte Kretshme / Poco poco 
Trichomonas / Sensationell 
Psychotherapia / Hysterectomy / Apoplexia 

LUBA LUBAVICZER 

Luba, Luba, Luba, Luba!! / As du kishst mech, brennt a fayer in mir / Oy oy oy oy 

(ENGLISH): When you kiss me, a fire burns in me/ Oy oy oy oy 
Schoyn avek der Nechten / Noch nisht du der Morgen /Es is noch du a bissale Haynt / Ster ihn nisht mit Sorgen 

(English): 
Yesterday is already gone / Tomorrow is still not there /There is still a little bit of Today / Don’t disturb it with sorrows

Johnny is the Goy for Me 

“Johnny is the goy for me” /This is what she said to me … 

“Tall and blond / His eyes are blue / He fucks like hell /Doesn’t smell” / Oy, vey Jossl can’t you see?/ “Day and night / I think of him/ He rides a horse / He goes to the gym” /This is what she said to me … 

DaDai… 

“Johnny is the goy for me” / So I said “Nuuu? Why not a Jew?” 

“All the day / You count and pray / You promise the moon/And come too soon” / Oy, vey, Jossl, can’t you see?/ “You bring no check / Got hair on the back / You snore at night / Mama was right”/ Jossl, you’re no joy for her 

DaDai… 

(Intermezzo): 
Jossl is no joy for her / For Johnny Goy she’s just a toy 

I jumped from a tree / I broke my knee / I rode a bike / Even fucked a dike / Nothing’s good enough for her/ But now I found my Suzy Jane / She can’t do Tshulent / But never complains / For Sue I’m not a lousy Jew / For Sue I’m like a Johnny too 

DaDai…

So Nice 

Louis was a financial fart/Spent all his money eating tart / It made him fat and stopped his heart/ Financial fart was not so smart 

Everything’s so nice / Oy, it’s just so nice / Isn’t it paradise? / Some people eat just rice 

Terry was a terrorist/ Couldn’t handle his father’s fist / The people thought that he’s a joke / Some of them went up in smoke 

Everything’s so nice / Oy, it’s just so nice / Isn’t it paradise? / Some people eat just rice 

Everything’s so great/ Just enjoy your fate / Everything’s so great/ Just enjoy your fate/daidaidai… 

Jezebel she couldn’t smell/ Her father’s breath was responsible / When he touched her in the loo/ She lost her other senses too 

Everything’s so nice/ Oy, it’s just so nice / Isn’t it paradise? / Some people eat just rice 

Everything’s so great/ Just enjoy your fate / Everything’s so great/Just enjoy your fate/daidaidai… 

Geraldine had a spleen/Everything had to be clean/She was never satisfied/ ’Cause the shit came from inside /…From inside… from inside…from inside… 

Everything’s so great/Just enjoy your fate / daidaidai… 
Everything’s so great/Just enjoy your fate/daidaidai… 

Don’t you mind your enemies /Enemas and bumble bees/ Love your neighbor, kiss your wife/ You will probably meet them in the afterlife 

Everything’s so nice/ Oy, it’s just so nice / Isn’t it paradise? / Some people eat just rice

Misirlou 

(Yiddish) 
Vayt in dem midbar / Fun heyser zin farbrent/ Hob ikh amol a meydele dort gekent / Misirilou heyst zi/ Yeder dort veyst zi gut/ Kh’vel di printsesn mer shoyn fargesn nit. 

Far in the Desert/ Burnt by the hot sun /I once knew a girl / Misirilou was her name / Everybody there knew her / I will already not forget the princess 

(Yiddish) 
Shtil, ovent kil, Un ikh fil az ikh vil mayn gefil /Far ir oysgisn un zi zol visn nor, Az nor zi lib ikh, Mayn lebn gikh ir, yo / 

Silence, cool evening, And I feel / That I will my feeling 
Spill out in front of her / And she should know / That only her I love / My life I give to her 

(Yiddish) 
Her, s’iz mir shver, Mit a trer zog ikh dir un ikh shver / Midber printsesn, kh’ken nit fargesn dikh / Kum hayl mayn benkshaft, nor di kenst hayln mikh / 

Listen, it is difficult / With a tear, I tell you / And I swear 
Desert princess, I cannot forget you / Come heal my longing / Only you can heal me 

(Yiddish) 
Misirilou mayne, meydale fun orient, Di oygn dayne hobn mayn harts farbrent / Mayn harts vert kranker, in chulem sey ikh dikh/ ants far mir shlanke /Drey zikh geshvind gikh. Midber printsesn, kh’ken nit fargesn dikh / Kum heyl mayn benkshaft, nor di kenst heyln mikh / Mayn mizrakh, blum misirilou 

My Misirilou, girl from the orient / Your eyes have burnt my heart / My hearts gets sicker / In my dreams I see you / Dance in front of me, my beautiful / Turn around even quicker(Desert princess, I cannot forget you / Come heal my longing / Only you can heal me 

My eastern flower, Misirilou

Heat, Meat, Beautiful Feet 

Sitting in my back yard /Everyone’s here / Trying to get the fire start / Listening to my friends fart / Uzi gets stoned / Moishe likes beer / Uzi’s wife wished he had Moishe’s career/ Mama is excited – I’m feeling so alone / Watching my dogs – chewing on a bone/ My lips are swollen and my head is numb / The sun is boiling /I had too much rum 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – what more do I need? 
Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy a mechaye – is it guilt, is it greed?

It couldn’t be much better / There’s pressure in my chest / Everyone is boring / The dogs are depressed 

Never wanted to become one of those / Why are the kids always pulling my nose? 
The drinks are warm / The girls are lame / The guys are laughing, I am getting insane/ Life is too long / And it’s mostly cruel / My prostata is burning /I wish I had a pool/ 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – what more do I need / 
Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – is it guilt, is it greed? 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – what more do I need? 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – is it guilt, is it greed? 

I wonder why the women that I love / Always have to live with the men I hate/ 
Maybe a fancy house is enough / To make them believe that these shmocks are great/ I’m asking for a hand, doing me a favor / But she’s always busy with her pussy-shaver/ I should’ve sticked to my family’s taboo – / “Never mar ry a woman uglier than you” 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – what more do I need? 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – is it guilt, is it greed? 

Suddenly everyone’s a little bit stressed / The neighbor’s daughter is practically undressed But I will stick to the rules of the game /’ Cause “EDIPUSSY” is my second name

Banana Boat vs. Hava Nagila 

Day oh, Day oh / Daylight come and we wanna go home / Day is the day is the day is the day is the day is the day oh ho hou / Daylight come and we wanna go home 
Announcer: Wait a second. Why do you wanna go home yet? / You want a peace in the Middle East?? 
The two Jews: Don’t they say, make love not war 
The Arab: Leave our land, and we won’t break your jaw 
The two Jews: They killed us in Europe, we need real estate 
The Arab: You gave us the Nakba, now go get your fate 
The two Jews: For 2000 years we are longing for Jerusalem 
The Arab: Al-Quds is ours, Al-Aqsa won’t fall 
The two Jews: For 2000 years we are longing for the Promised Land 
The Arab: Since Muhammad we had the upper hand 
The two Jews: For 2000 years we are longing for Zion, 
The Arab: We don’t have a chance but we fight like a lion 
The two Jews: We are the chosen, the people of God 
The Arab: We’re blessed by Allah!!! Eternal Jihad 

Day oh, Day oh / Daylight come and we wanna go home / day it’s the day oh… / Daylight come and we wanna to go home 
Announcer: Actually, Why don’t we live in peace and harmony / like in Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat / Look there is a Russian, an Indian, an African, an American 

I work all night and I drink all rum / Daylight come and we wanna go home. / Come Mr. Tallyman, tally me banana / 
Daylight come… 

A beautiful bunch, a ripe banana / Daylight come… / Hide the deadly black tarantula/ Daylight come… 
day it’s the day oh… / Daylight come and we wanna to go home 

It’s six foot, seven foot, eight foot, bunch! / Daylight come… 
Daylight come and we wanna go home 
Announcer: Did you see? / They are singing and dancing together /In fuck’n peace and harmony, Like in Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat 

Let’s take the Banana Boat to the fuck’n Middle East

You, You and You 

I am so desperate / I cannot separate / Just don’t know what to do / It’s not my fault, 
That you confuse me / And you – you confuse me too 

Is it possible ?/ You think there’s someone else / And it tears my heart in two / You must believe it / For me there’s only one / And that’s you, you and you 

You got to choose / You just have to decide / You got to choose / Which one of us is right, is right, is right 

You say you love me/ But you don’t trust me / You say I have to decide / I would do anything /But my love for you / I can never divide / You don’t believe me / You misconceive me / What do you think I do? / I am not ambivalent / There’s no equivalent / To either one of you 
You got to choose / You just have to decide / You got to choose / Which one of us is right, is right, is right 

Misty psychics, psychiatrists and my cleaning woman, too /They do all agree / Unequivocally / That I am crazy about you / In my diary / In my testament / And my shopping list too / This one and only line / I never redefine / Just says you, you and you 

You got to choose / You just have to decide / You got to choose / Which one of us is right, is right, is right 

If I must choose / There’s no doubt what to do / If I must choose / My choice is you, you and you

Add It Up 

Why can’t I get just one kiss? / Why can’t I get just one kiss? / Believe me there’s something I wouldn’t miss, but I look at your pants and I need a kiss. 

Why can’t I get just one screw? / Why can’t I get just one screw? / Believe me I know what to do, but something won’t let me make love to you. 

Why can’t I get just one fuck? / Why can’t I get just one fuck? / I guess it’s got something to do with luck, but I’ve waited my whole life for just one… 

Day after day I get angry and I will say / that the day is in my sight, when I’ll take a bow / And say good night. 

Oh ma ma ma ma ma Mom / Have you kept an eye, an eye on your son / I know you’ve got problems/ You’re not the only one, when your sugar left / he left you on the run. 

Oh ma ma ma ma ma Maminyu 
Take a good look what your boy has done / He’s walking around like he’s number one / He went downtown and got him a gun. 

Don’t shoot shoot shoot that thing at me / Don’t shoot shoot shoot that thing at me / You know you’ve got my sympathy, but / don’t shoot shoot shoot that thing at me. 

Oh ma ma ma ma ma ma Mother / I would love to love you lover / The city’s restless, it’s ready to pounce / Here in your bedroom ounce for ounce. 
Oh ma ma ma ma ma ma ma Maminyu / I would love to love you lover / The city’s restless, it’s ready to pounce. / Here in your bedroom ounce for ounce. 

I am giving you decisions to make, things to lose, things to take / Just as he’s about ready to cut it up, / I said “wait a minute honey, I am gonna add it up” 
Add it up Add it up Add it up… 

Day after day I get angry and I will say / that the day is in my sight, when I’ll take a bow / And say good night.

Live Music

Rumania @ Vienna Accordion Festival 
Johnny is the Goy for me @ Nachtleben Frankfurt 
Heat, Meat, Beautiful Feet @ Furth 
Add It Up @ Vienna Accordion Festival 
Hit me with your Rhythm Stick @ Furth 
Luba @ Fuerth 
Papirosen @ Vienna Accordion Festival 
Titina @ Fürth 

Israel's Groove Scene

12 Essential Acts From The Tel Aviv / Jerusalem Scene

Another week has come to an end and thus, with some off-time in sight, we would like to tip our hat to Dave Jenkins and the friendly folks over at Bandcamp for their recent feature on the Israeli groove scene. With [...]

Another week has come to an end and thus, with some off-time in sight, we would like to tip our hat to Dave Jenkins and the friendly folks over at Bandcamp for their recent feature on the Israeli groove scene. With the help of Tel Aviv DJ and producer Sabbo, the article spans 12 essential acts on the local scene, along with links to their respective pages. 

“Maybe it’s a cliché, but Israel is all about fusion in its food, its architecture, and art,” explains Sabbo. “It’s in our genes already to mix things. It’s never been a thing to be a purist. We don’t intend to mix things, it happens naturally.”

The recommended artists and band include familiar faces the likes of Kutiman, Boom Pam and Ouzo Bazooka as well as Jerusalem-based sound man Markey Funk or 'mutated funk' outfit The Apples and afrofunk fusion combo Hoodna Orchestra. Head over to Bandcamp for the full feature and enjoy the extended dig.

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Before the Revolution

Listen To A Mix Of Pre-Revolution Music From Iran

In line with the recent protests in Iran, French daily La Libération published an article earlier this month detailing the continued censorship of music recorded before the revolution of 1979, during the reign of [...]

In line with the recent protests in Iran, French daily La Libération published an article earlier this month detailing the continued censorship of music recorded before the revolution of 1979, during the reign of the Shah. Such is the music by the likes of Gougoush, Ramesh, Zia, Shahram, Shabpareh or Mohammad Nouri that to this day, along with the usual pop music suspects from the Western hemisphere, remains forbidden. 

Ever since the revolution, all cultural production in Iran is under the strict auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to preserve so-called 'public chastity'. It's the ministry that decides if an artist may record his or her music, perform on stage or otherwise diffuse their work. In a 1979 interview with Ayatollah Khomeini, the country's former supreme leader claimed that music from the West "with its implications of pleasure and ecstasy, dulls the spirit" and that pop music "is similar to a drug".

However, during the past years DJs and reissue labels such as Finders Keepers, Pharaway Sounds or Light in the Attic have begun to unearth a host of pre-revolution productions. Take Finders Keepers co-founder Doug Shipton's wonderful "Pomegranates" compilation of 60s/70s Persian pop, funk, folk and psych nuggets for instance. The task is a risky one that demands patience and endurance, seeing as said productions remain illegal in Iran and thus hidden from view, but nonetheless popular. 

To accompany their article, foreign correspondents Marion Armengod and Franck Haderer added a 52-minute Pre-Revolution mix of tracks discovered during their stay, courtesy of French DJ Super Freak. Unfortunately, a tracklist was not included. Listen to the full mix here and read the full article "Téhéran: à la chasse aux chants cachés du Shah" here.

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Abusey Junction

London's Kokoroko Afrobeat Collective Premieres New Single On Forthcoming Brownswood Compilation
 

We are officially back from a short holiday hiatus and are slowly but surely ready for a new year rich in musical discoveries from around the globe. To start things off in a more mellow 'back to work' kind of way we [...]

We are officially back from a short holiday hiatus and are slowly but surely ready for a new year rich in musical discoveries from around the globe. To start things off in a more mellow 'back to work' kind of way we decided to point you to the young, London-based Kokoroko Afrobeat Collective, an 8-piece combo of young jazz musicians led by trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey. In their compositions, the band (composed of Maurice-Grey, Cassie Kinoshi (saxophone), Richie SeivWright (trombone), Mutale Chashi (bass), Oscar Jerome (guitar), Yohan Kebede (keys), Onome Ighamre (percussion) and Eddie Hicks (drums)) pays tribute to the music they love, combining West Africa-inspired afrobeat and highlife sounds with that London soul. 

“As soon as Kokoroko hit the stage, the 900-strong audience was flawed by the band’s musical prowess and stage presence. The band’s beautiful soulful and spiritual compositions both healed the soul and got bodies moving! Without doubt they are ones to watch in 2018,” Ronnie Scott's Nick Lewis recently remarked. It does not come as a surprise then, that Kokoroko (meaning 'be strong' in Urhobo) are included on the forthcoming Brownswood Recordings compilation "We Out Here" (to be released February 9, 2018) with their beautiful track "Abusey Junction", which you can listen to in the SoundCloud player above. 

"The song is a ballad, written by guitarist Oscar Jerome, on the roof of a compound in Gambia, where the band spent time last year immersing themselves in the soundscapes of the region." And, as it slowly unfolds its magical grasp, we cannot help but nod our heads in approval. Below, you will find a video of their Sofar performance from 2016. Hoping that 2018 will be good to us all. Take it easy and have a happy new year!

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Kakashi

WRWTFWW & Palto Flats Reissue Yasuaki Shimizu's 1982 Holy Grail
 

Only a few more days to go and 2017 is history as we eagerly await the joy and the pain and most importantly the music that 2018 has in store for us. But before we make the jump, we would like to highlight one more [...]

Only a few more days to go and 2017 is history as we eagerly await the joy and the pain and most importantly the music that 2018 has in store for us. But before we make the jump, we would like to highlight one more essential release by ways of Genevan-based imprint WRWTFWW (We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want) Records and NYC's Palto Flats.

Earlier this year, the two collaborated on a highly sought-after reissue of Midori Takada's ambient holy grail LP "Through The Looking Glass", which is now succeeded by an equally anticipated re-release of "Kakashi", "a wonderful, rare record wrapped in a mysterious yet playful ambiance" by the Japanese composer, producer and sax player Yasuaki Shimizu. Shimizu had previously collaborated with the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Julee Cruise and David Cunningham among others. 

First issued in 1982, "Kakashi" is an iconic Japanese underground release that has more recently garnered cult status and offers a striking "blend of saxophone experimentations, jazz fusion and ambient dub excursions". The first ever reissue outside of Japan now comes with new liner notes by French author Patrice Bollon, translated liner notes as well as studio banter from Yasuaki Shimizu himself.

You can listen to an excerpt in the SoundCloud player above or the full release below.

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Gili Yalo X Trans Musicales

VIDEO: Watch The Full One-Hour Live Performance

Another weekend in sight and the holiday season is officially upon us... So here's us wishing you all happy and peaceful holidays!

That being said, we would like to show our appreciation by presenting you with [...]

Another weekend in sight and the holiday season is officially upon us... So here's us wishing you all happy and peaceful holidays!

That being said, we would like to show our appreciation by presenting you with this the one-hour clip of Gili Yalo's blazing live performance from this year's Trans Musicales festival, which took place earlier this month in Rennes, France. And what a show it was!

If you didn't know, Gili Yalo just released his self-entitled debut solo LP on Tel Aviv-based Dead Sea Recordings. You might want to check it out...

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Fatou

Re-Listening To Fatoumata Diawara's Spellbinding Debut Album

As the days grow shorter and this year draws to a close, we find ourselves thoroughly enjoying the distinctly introspective listening experience that acclaimed Malian-born chanteuse Fatoumata Diawara's astonishing [...]

As the days grow shorter and this year draws to a close, we find ourselves thoroughly enjoying the distinctly introspective listening experience that acclaimed Malian-born chanteuse Fatoumata Diawara's astonishing 2011 debut album "Fatou" (World Circuit Records) has to offer, her only solo full-length to date. Success was quick to follow, as Diawara toured with Damon Albarn's Africa Express supergroup, performed alongside Paul McCartney in London, collaborated with Herbie Hancock ("The Imagine Project"), Mulatu Astatke as well as Bobby Womack and joined forces with Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca, just to give you an idea.   

But back to "Fatou", that absolutely "beguiling" (Pitchfork), "spellbinding" (The Guardian), "thrilling listen [...] that increases its hold with every play" (The Independent on Sunday) that instantly draws the listener in with an "air of wistful, understated beauty" (The Times). And indeed, when we returned to the album a few days ago, the overall smoothness of Fatoumata Diawara's vocals and guitar, backed by the mesmerising, repetitious nature of her emotional songs, were quick to make their mark. Beauty in simplicity. 

So without further ado, we strongly recommend you (re)listen to the full album by either clicking on the clip below or heading over to Bandcamp

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Den Royal Skole

Danish Sample Gods Awarded The ‘Kronprinsparrets Kulturpris’

15 years in the making, 2017 has been quite the year for Danish sample gods Den Sorte Skole. After laying the groundwork at the tail end of 2015 with the release of their acclaimed longplayer "Indians & Cowboys" and [...]

15 years in the making, 2017 has been quite the year for Danish sample gods Den Sorte Skole. After laying the groundwork at the tail end of 2015 with the release of their acclaimed longplayer "Indians & Cowboys" and subsequently reeling in a Danish Grammy, the duo delivered a mind-melting performance on the Roskilde Orange Stage in front of 60,000 people last summer and were just nominated to receive the 2018 Steppeulven Danish Critic's Award as 'Live Band Of The Year'

Most recently, their awe-inspiring sample wizardry drew the attention of the Danish Crown Prince Couple, who decided to honour Den Sorte Skole's musical feats by awarding them the Kronprinsparrets Kulturpris, making them the first musical act in nine years to receive this distinction. The band took to Facebook shortly thereafter to express their extreme joy and gratitude. See the Princess visit Martin Højland and Simon Dokkedal in their studio here and see her award speech here.

What's more, Den Sorte Skole have announced a follow-up album as well as two live shows at Copenhagen's Royal Playhouse in May 2018. The shows are nearly sold out already. Visit here to grab a last ticket or check the band's website for album downloads and regular updates. But before you go, check out their live performance at the royal awards show below.

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Feverish

Shantel Reworks The Jewish Monkeys' "Fever"
Greedy
 

Shantel and Jewish Monkeys' frontman Josef Reich go way back. It may or may not come as a surprise then, that Shantel took matters into his own to hands to deliver a feverish remix of the band's single "Fever" off [...]

Shantel and Jewish Monkeys' frontman Josef Reich go way back. It may or may not come as a surprise then, that Shantel took matters into his own to hands to deliver a feverish remix of the band's single "Fever" off their latest album "High Words", just days before the Jewish Monkeys return the love and open for Shantel at four shows in Austria and Germany, starting this week. Check below for all four dates. 

In any case, and because we want to share a bit of the story behind, Shantel and Jossi's friendship dates back to the mid-80s, which the two spent growing up in Frankfurt and visiting some of the most popular hedonist hotspots of the time, be it Batschkapp or Eckstein or somewhere else. In 1987, Shantel founded the legendary underground club Lissania Essay, while Jossi and his entourage were among the regulars; an urban legend in the making. 

Fast forward to Tel Aviv in 1997, Shantel's home away from home and the place where their paths crossed again. Tel Aviv's melting pot of sounds became Shantel's testing grounds and Jossi? Well, Jossi most definitely shared Shantel's passion for trans-European pop culture, traditional influences and electronic experiments to be found in the city's vibrant scene. Eventually, Shantel signed Jossi and his Jewish Monkeys to his Essay Recordings label, along with Quentin Tarantino's beloved Boom Pam and Balkan Beat Box. 

"We go way back," says Jossi. "We first met in Frankfurt, then reunited in Tel Aviv. Shantel's love for Balkan and Klezmer music is really where we connect artistically. I was deeply impressed by his profound knowledge of Yiddish songs and their heritage. We probably wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him. His songs and mixes always lead to ecstasy and crazy dancing. A good concert to us is one that ends like his do," Jossi adds.

Now, 12 years later, Shantel and Jossi reunite for a 'third' time with the prior's official remix of the Jewish Monkeys' "Fever". "The idea to do the Fever remix was driven by my desire to lend the Jewish Monkeys an electronic outfit. The beat is quite minimalistic and feeds off of various genres: It's like Romanian dancehall meets hypnotic brass licks and vocal acrobatics. I even added some Romani lyrics of my own as we conjure cosmopolitan hedonism and breathe new life into Central European party culture," Shantel explains. 

As for his interest in Yiddish sounds: "The West often mistakes Jewish music for nostalgic, whiney Klezmer music. But we forget that pop musically relevant styles such as punk rock, new wave or indie had their beginnings in the Jewish emigrant circles of New York, London or Paris. This is also the tradition the Jewish Monkeys and their frivolously cynical brand of humor pay tribute to, a tip of the hat to their punk great-grandfathers from the early 20th century cabarets and speakeasies. Had the Marx Brothers ever taken to punk rock, it would sound like the Jewish Monkeys," Shantel concludes.

Listen to the Shantel remix of "Fever" via the SoundCloud player above or watch the Leo Liberman-directed companion music video below, the first-ever professional Snapchat clip shot solely on cell phone. 

Upcoming Jewish Monkeys Tour Support for Shantel:
December 14th A-Vienna @ WUK
December 15th A-Innsbruck @ Treibhaus
December 16th D-Munich @ Muffathalle
December 17th D-Frankfurt @ Batschkapp

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Disko Monkeys

The Jewish Monkeys To Support Shantel At Four Shows In Austria & Germany
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Frankfurt's one and only 'disko partizani Shantel is currently touring Europe with his famed Bucovina Club Orkestar to celebrate "Shantology - 30 Years of Club Guerilla". 

Supporting him at the last four upcoming [...]

Frankfurt's one and only 'disko partizani Shantel is currently touring Europe with his famed Bucovina Club Orkestar to celebrate "Shantology - 30 Years of Club Guerilla". 

Supporting him at the last four upcoming shows in Austria and Germany are non other than our very own Jewish Monkeys:

December 14, (AT) Vienna, WUK
December 15, (AT) Innsbruck, Treibhaus
December 16, (D) Munich, Muffathalle
December 17, (D) Frankfurt, Batschkapp

It's a family affair!

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Arad Sdom

Tel Aviv's Alek Lee Readies Beautiful Two-Track Sophomore EP
 

Tel Aviv is on the rise, especially when it comes to its formidable electronic music scene with acts the likes of Red Axes (Garzen Records) or re-issue labels such as Fortuna Records paving the way. Earlier this [...]

Tel Aviv is on the rise, especially when it comes to its formidable electronic music scene with acts the likes of Red Axes (Garzen Records) or re-issue labels such as Fortuna Records paving the way. Earlier this year, the previously unheralded Tel Aviv-based producer Alek Lee (aka Ori Kenneth), who coincidentally also directed Malox's "Walk Like an Egyptian" video, rightfully gathered sudden worldwide recognition for his highly infectious "Sfarot" EP. 

Set to release his follow-up EP "Gever Amiti" (Real Man) on December 22nd, Alek Lee just premiered the music video to his new track "Arad Sdom", which beckons with a driving groove and reverberating psychedelic cues, i.e. the guitar licks of Gilbert Broid (The White Screens): “Arad Sdom is a name of a road in the south of Israel, on the way to the Dead Sea. This road is known for its very intense mountainy-circly road and turns, which lead to many accidents. I named the tune after this road before I even started working on it, with it in my mind as a reference and inspiration.”

Watch the video below and if you haven't yet, check out Alek Lee's "Sfarot" EP in the SoundCloud player above. Have a nice weekend everyone!

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Hello Africa!

Gili Yalo Releases Self-Entitled Solo Debut Album On Tel Aviv's Dead Sea Recordings
 

Black Friday will be our downfall, that is unless we take this and every other day to celebrate and support new, upcoming and already existing releases by artists, who, let's be honest, would for the most part not [...]

Black Friday will be our downfall, that is unless we take this and every other day to celebrate and support new, upcoming and already existing releases by artists, who, let's be honest, would for the most part not be able to do what they do, without some financial backing. That being said, today marks the much-awaited release of Tel Aviv-based and Ethiopia-born artist Gili Yalo's debut solo LP on the equally promising new imprint Dead Sea Recordings.

We warned you back in September, when Gili previewed his groove-ridden first single "Selam" along with an equally appealing companion video. With a unique background, which led him from Ethiopia, across Sudan and finally to Israel, his distinctive musical approach combines Ethiopian roots music with modern touches of jazz and soul and an instantly recognisable voice. His self-entitled debut album then is "a rich patchwork of colour and rhythm, like Africa itself", while you may detect influences from acclaimed artists the likes of James Brown or Mulatu Astatke. 

Headlining today's album release is his latest single "Africa", a collaboration with Tel Aviv vocalist and multi-instrumentalist KerenDun, whom you may already be familiar with from projects such as Buttering Trio. "Africa" also comes decked out with fresh visuals. Check out the video below, or listen to the track in the SoundCloud player above. "Gili Yalo", a collaborative effort with top music producers Beno Hendler (Balkan Beat Box) and Uri Brauner Kinrot (Boom Pam) as well as a string of rising talent from the burgeoning Tel Aviv scene, is sure to leave a lasting impression.

This just in: Gili Yalo is confirmed to perform at this year's Trans Musicales festival in Rennes, France on December 8th and 9th. Big up!

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Time Bomb

Stream The Full Documentary On Enigmatic Ghanaian Artist Ata Kak
 

In case you didn't know, this amazing find was the first cassette tape that got Brian Shimkovitz's infamous Awesome Tapes From Africa imprint rolling as well as the blog's inaugural post back in 2011. Originally [...]

In case you didn't know, this amazing find was the first cassette tape that got Brian Shimkovitz's infamous Awesome Tapes From Africa imprint rolling as well as the blog's inaugural post back in 2011. Originally released in Ghana in 1994, Ata Kak's "Obaa Sima" and its unique Afrodisco aesthetic went more or less unheard of for a rough 21 years. Of the 50 tapes produced at the time, only three actually sold, which in no way does this infectious, funkified and lo-fi acoustic adventure justice. 

Now, in order to rightfully honour the incredible story and portrait the artist behind behind this amazing recording, the Red Bull Music Academy produced a 25-minute documentary directed by Nathan Corbin and Tony Lowe. "Time Bomb" traces the footsteps of the enigmatic Ata Kak back to rural Ghana, where he is indeed live and well. 

So without futher ado, watch "Time Bomb" below and feel free to stream "Obaa Sima" in full via the SoundCloud player above.

 

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