Orayta X Shantel

Israeli Vocal Phenomenon Victoria Hanna Receives ‘Kabbalistic’ Remix Treatment By Acclaimed German Producer Stefan Hantel
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A slightly belated 'Shana Tova' and 'gut Shabbes' to everyone enjoying the first few days of the year 5782! We sincerely hope it will be a better one. To celebrate the occasion, we have a brand new track by Israeli vocalist Victoria Hanna or rather a bouncing 'Kabbalistic' remix of a track from her 2018-released, self-entitled debut album, readied by Frankfurt's very own Stefan Hantel, better known under his resounding moniker Shantel. 

Those who are familiar [...]

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SHIRAN

Batov Records Unveils Six Genre-Melting Remixes Of Traditional Yemeni Songs By The Yafo-Based Vocalist
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In the summer of 2020, amidst a global pandemic, Tel Aviv-based singer SHIRAN unveiled "Glsah Sanaanea", the highly anticipated follow-up to her 2018-released self-entitled debut album on Batov Records. "Reinterpreting traditional Yemeni songs for a contemporary audience" in Arabic and Hebrew, both albums point to her own Yemenite heritage, "inspired by the many stories and experiences of her cherished and much-loved Grandmother who left Yemen in 1949 for [...]

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Guruji

Multi-Talented Israeli Producer Kutiman Serves Up Psychotropic, Tabla-Led Two-Tracker On Siyal Music
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You may have heard the title track "Guruji" setting ears ablaze in our "Greedio X July '21" playlist on Spotify. If so, then you are well aware that the man himself, Kutiman, is back with another highly combustible two-tracker on Siyal Music . Adding to the mix is now the official B-side "Majan", taking a more "meditative" approach than its predecessor, yet equally resounding.

We last covered the prolific and infinitely versatile Israeli producer, aka Ophir [...]

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Furto

Self-Taught Rio-Based Sound Researcher Vasconcelos Sentimento Releases Prismatic Debut On Far Out Recordings
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Rio resident Vasconcelos Sentimento, aka Guilherme Esteves, is a "self-taught composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist" and self-proclaimed "amateur euphoric sound researcher," who just released his adventurous debut album on Far Out Recordings. "Furto" features "a mosaic of lo-fi breaks, cosmic ambient jazz and wonky chromatic funk," seemingly brought together in a beautiful whirl of DIY spontaneity and melodic curiosity. Though undoubtedly rooted in jazz, [...]

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Nella Misura In Cui

Four Flies Records Release Sultry 1979 Italian Golden Age Soundtrack By Augusto Martelli
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Disco, you either love it or can no longer stand it. In our case it's the first and upon hearing the latest 'reissue' or rather "the first complete release of Augusto Martelli's sultry" golden age soundtrack to Italian director Piero Vivarelli's 1979 "delicious erotic-exotic flick" entitled "Nella Misura In Cui", we felt obliged to do a short write-up.

Despite not having watched the movie, the choice to feature Martelli's undeniably groovy movie score was a [...]

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So La Ma La

North-Ghanaian Kologo-ologist Guy One Returns To Philophon Records With Frafra-Driven 7" Release
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Bolgatanga's one and only (no pun intended) Guy One returns to Max Weissenfeldt's Berlin-based Philophon imprint with an infectiously upbeat two-track 7" release and a brand new band. The award-winning Kologo authority leads the way with his two-stringed proto-banjo, accompanied by "Kumasi's finest young talents, plus Florence Adooni and Tenni Akagam as his choir voices." 

On the A-side, "So La Ma La" hits the ground running with "a straight-forward Highlife [...]

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Tuff Time$

Johannesburg-Based Duo Stiff Pap Unveils Riveting And Fiercely Uncompromising New Album
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It comes as no surprise that the title "Riders on the Storm", a track made world-famous by The Doors, would come to be the opener of Stiff Pap's recently released album project "TUFF TIME$", seeing as they are literally out there riding the current storm. Strained economies, a worldwide pandemic and local South African strife add to the Johannesburg-based duo's riveting mix of progressive electronic styles, blending an alternative hiphop spirit with African [...]

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Dost 1

Hamburg's Anatolian Psych-Pop Outfit Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek Unveil The 1st Part Of Their 2nd Album
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Turn your dials to the latest six-track release by "Anatolian psych-pop sensations" Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek, who are back with a new batch of musical lightning. Last Friday, the Hamburg-based group unveiled its second album, "the first of a two-part series to be released in 2021" via Bongo Joe/Catapulte Records. Having gained well-deserved and steadily increasing worldwide acclaim for their "contemporary takes on traditional Anatolian folk ballads, [...]

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This is Tehran?

Hamburg's 30M Records Invites Us On A Contemporary, Genre-Crossing Sonic Trip To Iran
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Tehran, the Iranian capital and cultural melting pot, is not just home to a population of approximately 15 million, but also accommodates a vibrant music scene with many a hidden gem yet to be discovered by Western audiences. Sure, we've covered a few uncharted releases in the past, such as Hamburg-born and Tehran-based sound visionary Ata 'Sote' Ebtekar's "Parallel Persia" (2019) and "Sacred Horror in Design" (2017) or Iranian composer Morteza Hannaneh's [...]

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Noussin

Hot Casa Records Releases Ecstatic Fourth Album By Peter Solo's Vaudou Game
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It's been three years since we picked up on the wicked charms of ebullient French-Togolese afro-funk collective Vaudou Game by ways of their third album "OTODI". Led by equally effervescent and formerly masked bandleader Peter Solo and shrouded in a spiritual mist, Vaudou Game was quick to win us over with a whole lot of funk and pizzazz. The group continues to be a force to be reckoned with and just dropped its fourth longplayer on Hot Casa Records. Enter "[...]

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Tiddukla

Hive Mind Records Release Deeply Hypnotic Amazigh Music By Moroccan Berber Artist Hassan Wargui
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At this time, we'd like to direct your attention to the always stellar Brighton-based imprint Hive Mind Records, who just recently put out a beautiful record by Berber artist Hassan Wargui. Originally recorded alongside a group of friends in 2015 and subsequently self-released on YouTube, due to a lack of viable alternatives and "a music infrastructure in Morocco", it is now seeing its first official release. Simply entitled "Tiddukla" ('Friendship'), it [...]

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Mamari

Cologne's Muito Kaballa Power Ensemble Releases Grooving Debut Album On Rebel Up! Records
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Last Friday marked release day for the much anticipated sophomore / debut album "Mamari" by afrobeat-inspired multi-instrumentalist and "punk provocateur" Niklas Mündemann's one-man show turned thrilling power ensemble Muito Kaballa from Cologne, Germany. We may have lost you there, so let's rewind, shall we? 

A few years back, answering to a surge of inspiration and a knack for improvisation, Niklas Mündemann went out and bought himself a loop station, [...]

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