Daniel Haaksman Invites Us To Keep On Dancing With Tropical New Single And Feathery Companion Visuals

Beckoning us to join him on his latest tropicalia-tinged, club-ready single "Vem" is Berlin-based producer, DJ, radio host, journalist and Man Recordings label founder Daniel Haaksman. Haaksman has long been a purveyor of global bass and tropical styles, ranging from his 2004-released "Rio Baile Funk Favela Booty Beats" compilation to his 2016-realeased "African Fabrics" LP and his 2020-released "Black Atlantica Edits". So it may not come as a surprise that his [...]

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Amapiano Selections

Young South African DJ / Producer Teno Afrika Brings Us Sophisticated Debut Album Of Township-Inspired Instrumentals

Easter is here and with that we present you Teno Afrika's "Amapiano Selections" released late last year on the always stellar Awesome Tapes from Africa imprint. In case you were wondering, let us provide some more context: Like kwaito and diBacardi, the amapiano style of electronic music arose from the townships of South Africa, marked by a "DIY ethos" and "evolving from an underground sound to a nationwide mainstream staple," Setumo-Thebe Mohlomi's liner notes [...]

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Monika / Zabawa w Ciemności

Astigmatic Records Returns W/ Another Release By Iconic Composer Henryk Debich And The Polish Radio & Television Orchestra Łódź

Dobry dzień! Hot on the heels of their widely celebrated reissue of Polish songstress Renata Lewandowska's 1970s classic "Dotyk" (in collaboration with The Very Polish Cut Outs), Astigmatic Records returns with a sizzling 7" release by the "founder, leader and conductor of the funkiest orchestra in Eastern Europe."  Preceded by the remastered reissue of Henryk Debich and the Łódź Polish Radio and Television Orchestra's 1978-recorded LPs "Horyzonty" and "[...]

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Introspection / Migration

J.H. Guraj Embarks On A Guitar-Led, Nomadic Journey Of Inner Resettlement Via Maple Death Records

What have we here? Country? Western? Flamenco? As the sounds of J.H. Guraj's guitar come tumbling out of our speakers we cannot help but wonder, where's this coming from and where's it going? Mysterious yet familiar and most definitely enticing, we decide to wander down the same dirt road, marveling at each and every unfamiliar turn. Is this free-flowing improvisation or premeditated ? 

J.H. Guraj released his bountiful opus back in the summer of 2020 on [...]

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Duniya Kya Hai

Lapgan Drops Insane Beat Tape Composed Almost Exclusively Of Sounds From India And Pakistan

It's a rare feat to ready a project that is coherent from start to finish, that is so complete it is best consumed in its entirety. Chicago-based beatmaker and producer Lapgan recently released an insanely dense 21-track beat tape for Mauritius-based imprint electrocaïne's X-Series, "composed almost exclusively with sounds from India and Pakistan."  His latest project digs deep into the '60s and '70s film industry of both Pakistan and India, revealing uncanny [...]

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Portuguese Producer Batida Joins Forces With Angolan Rapper/Activist Ikonoklasta On Forthcoming Debut LP

Batida, Batida, the name definitely rang a bell. A quick search of the archives revealed that we had indeed covered the Angola-born and Lisbon-raised producer Pedro Coquenão, alias Batida, a few years back, during his involvement with legendary Congolese 'thumb piano' outfit Konono No.1 for Belgian label Crammed Discs. We breathed a sigh of relief. After all, Batida "ranks among the leading exponents of the new wave of African electronic music."

With another [...]

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Les Mamans Du Congo

French Producer Rrobin Joins Forces W/ Congolese Afro-Feminist Collective On Remarkable Emancipatory Effort

Time to ring in 2021 with a release that arrived late last year on Lyon-based "audioactivist" imprint Jarring Effects, but no doubt deserves all the attention it can get. "Les Mamans du Congo & Rrobin" is a collaborative and emancipatory effort to empower African women, that combines age-old Bantu lullabies with state-of-the-art electronic instrumentation rooted in hiphop. Led by renowned Congolese chanteuse and percussionist Gladys Samba, Les Mamans du Congo [...]

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Voix Du Maghreb

Québec-based Imprint Gharamophone Releases 10-Track Compilation Of Judeo-Arabic Shellac Recordings (1930-1956)

On this last day of Hanukkah, we thought it befitting to share the latest digital release of Chris Silver's Montreal-based Gharamophone (gharam (غرام) meaning  "love," "passion," and "infatuation") imprint, "dedicated to preserving North Africa's Jewish musical past, one record at a time." And that is quite literally what the compilation achieves in astounding fashion, complete with bagpipes (mizwid), birdsong and that charming yet unrelenting crackle of [...]

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Too Little Too Late

The Jewish Monkeys Return From Creative Lockdown To Premiere A Punk-Infused, Visual Reality Check

Hanukkah is here and the Jewish Monkeys are back. After having the second leg of their "Catastrophic Life" tour obliterated by a certain global pandemic, the band locked down in its native Tel Aviv, keeping a low profile and waiting for the dust to settle. Restless by nature, however, this hiatus did not last and the group soon returned to the proverbial drawing board to get those creative juices flowing again.

Premiering today, is the spanking new companion [...]

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Le Mali 70

Berlin's Omniversal Earkestra Releases Collaborative Afrobeat Project With Malian Legends

What have we here? Our Greedy senses instantly went wild upon hearing the first single "Watjoro" off the Omniversal Earkestra's newest collaborative album "Le Mali 70". The Berlin-based big band flew to Mali to record a spectacular album with iconic Malian musicians from the '70s the likes of Cheick Tidiane Seck, Sory Bamba, Abdoulaye Diabaté and, of course, Salif Keita. The resulting ten-track longplayer recently released on Munich imprint Trikont and is most [...]

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Star Feminine Band

Born Bad Records Releases Astonishing Debut Album By Young Beninese Garage Rock Sensation

"Oh woman, African woman / Oh woman, Beninese woman / Black woman, get up, don't sleep / Oh black woman, get up, don't sleep / You can become president of the republic / You can become the country’s Prime Minister / Get up, something has to be done / African woman, be independent / The country needs us, let's go to school / Africa needs you, you have to work / The world needs us, stand up, let's stand up / African woman, be independent" – Star Feminine Band [...]

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Free The System!

Dutch/Gambian/Senegalese Collective DANDANA Releases Positive, Mbalax- And Synth-Powered New Album

"It's the year 2020. The world has been in lockdown. The system has failed and the future is unknown. Only imagination will be the path to everywhere. It's time to set the system free!" There, now we've set the tone to DANDANA's latest album "Free The System!" that released on Rebel Up Records back in September. The album was preceded by an eponymous EP single in June, accompanied by an eye-opening music video. We made sure to add the single to our "Greedy for [...]

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