MAGIC MIX

latin . african . world

WEEK STARTING 13 Apr

Genre pick of the week Cover of Makes A King by The Very Best.
The Very Best return with their their most ambitious and richly textured album to date, 'Makes A King'.

It’s been a long, strange trip for Johan Hugo and Esau Mwamwaya, the Swedish-Malawian duo behind The Very Best’s exuberant global pop. One which crosses continents as well as musical genres. It’s also a trip, according to Johan, with no end in sight. “We’re constantly evolving,” he says with a laugh. “Not just in the sense that we’re trying to change our sound. But we're constantly on a new journey which colours the music we make.”

'Makes A King' was recorded in a remote Malawian village where the population is half-Christian and half-Muslim. The tracks bring together African vocals (including Senegalese star Baaba Maal), synths, downbeats, bass music and electroid grooves and the sound of chirping crickets. Mwamwaya’s haunting voice provides the centrepoint around which the duo's uplifting tracks are built. While their lyrics tackle poverty and corruption, tracks such as 'Mwana Wanga' and 'Mariana' are simple, sublime pop songs, and Sweka’s funky guitar and euphoric house groove would rock any dancefloor.

Ihsan Al Munzer

Belly Dance Disco EP

Fortuna Records deliver two stone cold killers by Lebanese maestro Ihsan Al Munzer taken from his 1979 album, descriptively named, "Belly Dance Disco". Side A "Jamileh" emerges from a mindbending introduction of squeeling Moog lead, revealing itself as bubbling funk groover which perfectly fuses the cosmic stylings of the Italian scene with exotic Middle Eastern tonality is a Moog filled, heavy disco-funk belter. Jump to the flip for "The Joy Of Lina", a rapid paced belly dance beast layered with synths, strings, organs and a swaying rhythm which builds up to a heavyweight drop that'd stun the most avid EDM kid. Prepare to be transported to swinging Beirut at its wildest on this perfect limited press 12". Already gaining plays from The Gaslamp Killer, Acid Arab, Gilles Peterson and Kutmah, this gem's gonna fly!

Buena Vista Social Club

Lost And Found

Coming almost two decades after the release of the original Grammy-winning, self-titled LP, the new album is a collection of previously unreleased tracks - some of which were recorded during the original album’s sessions in Havana and others from the years that followed. 

The studio tracks on 'Lost And Found' were recorded at the 1996 Egrem studio sessions in Havana and during a period of rich and prolific creativity stretching into the early 2000s following the recording of the original album. Lost and Found also features live recordings from the world tours of Buena Vista’s legendary veterans.

"Over the years we were often asked what unreleased material was left in the vaults," says World Circuit’s Nick Gold. "We knew of some gems, favorites amongst the musicians, but we were always too busy working on the next project to go back and see what else we had. When we eventually found the time, we were astonished at how much wonderful music there was."

The original Buena Vista Social Club album became a surprise international best seller and the most successful album in the history of Cuban music. It was recorded for World Circuit Records by Ry Cooder over seven days in Havana in 1996, bringing together many of the great names of the golden age of Cuban music in the 1950s, several of whom were coaxed out of retirement for the sessions.

Crosley

Record Player CR8005A - Cruiser (Tweed)

    Love the rich, warm sound of vinyl, but wish it was a more moveable music format? Put down the iPod and mobilize your music with the Crosley Cruiser 3-speed portable turntable.

    Constructed of wood and bound in a leatherette material, the briefcase-styled record player is lightweight and easily transported from place to place. It features built-in stereo speakers so you can listen to your music without having to connect it to a speaker system.

    Cruise over to a friend's house and experience vinyl's superior sound together.

    - Belt-driven turntable mechanism 33 1/3, 45 & 78rpm.
    - Dynamic full-range stereo speakers
    - AC power adapter RCA audio out
    - Dimensions: 15.50in X 14.00in X 6.10in

    Piccadilly Records

    Mono Colour Print - Black Tote Bag

      One colour 'mono' print (white) of the Piccadilly Records logo on a black tote bag.



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