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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Disko Telegraf

Romanian Duo Balkan Taksim Releases Long-Awaited And Intricately Woven Debut Album On Buda Musique
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Roughly one month after we premiered the official companion video to their cinematic fourth album outtake "Žali Zare", a scintillating reinterpretation of a popular song from Southern Serbia, the Bucharest-based duo Balkan Taksim is set to unveil its long-awaited debut effort on Buda Musique. Today marks release day for "Disko Telegraf", as multi-instrumentalist Sașa-­Liviu Stoianovici and producer Alin Zăbrăuțeanu present 13 heady tracks, situated [...]

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M'berra

Italian Producer Khalab Presents Afrofuturist Audio Documentary Recorded In Mauritanian Refugee Camp
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Some three years after releasing his pivotal afro-centric and poly-phonic tapestry of future bass, jazz and field recordings, entitled "Black Noise 2084", the multi-talented Italian producer, writer and artistic director Raffaele Constantino, aka Khalab, has readied a new project that is somewhat difficult to put into words and best listened to in its entirety. Let us nonetheless provide you with some context as a backdrop for what you are about to [...]

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Balloor

Arab Palestinian Vocal Artist Samah Mustafa Releases Kaleidoscopic Nine-Track Album To Therapeutic Effect
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Every now and then we chance upon an album that commands our full attention and speaks to us with a voice that is entirely its own. Such is the case with Arab Palestinian singer, musician and vocal/music therapist Samah Mustafa, who late last year released her nine-track album "Balloor" to the world. "Balloor" (or 'Crystals') sees Samah exploring new levels and layers in her own voice, using it both as an instrument and a means to express different [...]

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Žali Zare

Video Premiere: Balkan Taksim Unveil Spellbinding Fourth Single Off Forthcoming Debut Album On Buda Musique
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Look up in the sky, is it a bird, is it a plane? Balkan Taksim are prepared for liftoff. The Romanian duo just released single number four off its forthcoming, long-awaited debut album and is now set to premiere the accompanying official music video via yours truly. Blending electronic psychedelia with regional traditions, multi-instrumentalist Sașa-Liviu Stoianovici and producer Alin Zăbrăuțeanu are currently pushing the boundaries of contemporary Balkan [...]

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Vem

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