Echo & Tito

Tel Aviv's Infernal Duo Reveals Its Inner Bastard

What could arguably be mistaken as Disney's latest infernal duo actually is a sizzling two-piece, but of flesh and blood. Echo & Tito hail from Tel Aviv’s vibrant musical underground scene, bringing to the table a heavy mix of ethnic backgrounds and genre-defying styles of bass music, masterfully blended with electronic dub, hiphop, trip hop and glitch elements as well as soaring vocals.

Echo, alias Echo Morgenstern, the singer/MC and Tito, alias Tom Iddan, [...]

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Global Sound Movement

Releasing Rare Sounds From Across The Globe

Subject of a recent FACT magazine feature, the UK's University of Central Lancashire's Global Sound Movement team of staff and students is dedicated to "recording unique instruments from around the world and offering these sounds to composers/producers to enhance their pallet of sounds". Adding value to the overall project, they are also "committed to mapping the sonic landscapes of unique geographic locations", ultimately putting those remote spots on the [...]

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Fortuna Records

An Independent Tel Aviv Imprint Currently Surfing The International Airwaves

Currently creating a significant stir on the international airwaves is the Tel Aviv-based Fortuna Records label. With a slew of recent vinyl re-issues promoting vibrant and somewhat forgotten grooves from all over the Middle East, the DJ crew is also deeply ingrained on the local 'party' scene in such highly relevant initiatives as the popular underground Teder.fm 'pop up radio bar'.

Their claim to fame was the 2014 breakthrough re-issue of the super [...]

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Coxsone's Music

Soul Jazz Records Release Compilation of Groundbreaking Jamaican Recordings

London-based record label, record store, sound system, book publisher and radio broadcaster Soul Jazz Records has been digging up and re-releasing rare gems from a dizzying array of genres for the past 15 years. So if you are looking for rare grooves, obscure finds and superb re-issues, you now know, who to turn to.

Releasing this Friday, November 13th, is "Coxsone's Music", the label's stunning new, over two and a half hour collection of proto-ska, rhythm [...]

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Night Safari

South African Five-Piece John Wizards Share Mesmerising New Remix & Video

Ever since releasing their self-entitled debut-LP back in 2013, Cape Town-based five-piece John Wizards have risen from obscurity with “a cheerful conglomeration of intricate beatwork, swirling melodies, multifaceted instrumentation, and, of course, a nod to southern African sounds” (via Okayafrica).

Most recently they delivered a mindbending remix for Italian producer Populous’ “Night Safari” that was subsequently transformed into an animated music [...]

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Global Copenhagen

A World Music Venue Quite Out Of The Ordinary
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Copenhagen's one and only non-profit world music venue, fittingly named Global, opened its doors to a mixed and multi-generational crowd of music enthusiasts back in 2006 and has since positioned itself as one of the prime establishments of its kind and in the world, while being the only venue in all of Denmark dedicated to the genre itself, as eloquently put in this well-written piece, recently published on Vice magazine's Noisey platform:

"World music is [...]

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The Traveller

Senegal's Baaba Maal Readies Eleventh Album

For over two decades now, Senegal's iconic singer and guitarist Baaba Maal has been one of the driving forces on the global music scene, having released several albums on independent as well as major labels.

Much to the delight of his many fans across the world, the master himself recently announced his new album and shared the trailer to the upcoming documentary on his Blues du Fleuve festival, to take place again in December:

"Beginning with a [...]

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Taking A Stand

The Jewish Monkeys Take The Stage Against Racism And Discrimination
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These days it has become increasingly difficult to discern between what is right and what is wrong. What we write is supposed to be about music, but how can music these days not be political, if purely as a form of artistic expression?

Within the frame of their ongoing Global Warming Tour 2015, our very own Jewish Monkeys decided to travel to Dresden last week for a show of musical protest and solidarity, including concerts, workshops and jam sessions with [...]

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MÃLØX

Polka For Punks

Take a closer look at Tel Aviv's burgeoning underground music scene and you will come to discover a host of promising acts, currently redefining Israel's musical landscape in their own sweet way. Among the most promising acts of this generation is MALOX.

Uber-talented reed player Eyal Talmudi and mega-drummer Roy Chen's two-man instrumental outfit blends elements from Klezmer, Jazz and more, in a wide array of warm, round and distorted sounds, "from Balkan [...]

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Building Bridges

Concerts, Workshops, Jam & Recording Sessions For Refugees In Dresden
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Last Saturday the tireless Tel Aviv-based Jewish Monkeys rocked Copenhagen's Global music venue only to travel to Dresden one day later for a series of concerts, workshops, jam sessions and 'bridge-building' with refugees there, in a call for more humanity and less racism:

"It's a special honour for us to play for people from our neighbouring country Syria and to build bridges with the potential to overcome hostility. Just like the generation of our [...]

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Habibi Funk

Funky Vinyl Music From The Arab World

Seeing as 'habibi' is a word too seldom heard these days, we decided it's time we shared the tremendous Habibi Funk episodes hand-selected and compiled by Jakarta Records' main man Jannis, who did his digging on his numerous travels to North Africa and Tunisia in particular:

“While being there, I did some digging and found some incredible music from the ’60s and ’70s. Some of the music in [...] has zero info on the Net, was never sold on eBay, and has [...]

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Congotronics Continued

Famed Electric Thumb Piano Virtuosos Announce New Album

If you have yet to experience Konono No. 1's 2004 "Congotronics" debut on Belgian imprint Crammed Discs, then stop what you are doing and tune in asap. The groundbreaking album "introduced the world to the strange and spectacular electro-traditional mixtures being concocted in the suburbs of Kinshasa, Congo", by a band originally founded back in the 1960s by Mingiedi Mawangu, a legendary Iikembé (a traditional instrument consisting of metal rods attached to [...]

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