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WEEK STARTING 16 Feb

The relentless output of edit label Balearic Blah Blah continues in typical topsy-turvy fashion with release number 15 sliding in before number 14, bringing us more musical magic for the dancefloor and the deckchair. The set opens with "Myasi Loham Pellaka", a South African boogie groover with the dancing accordion of the famo tradition. Possibly the work of Forere Motloheloa, this drunken jam bears more than a passing resemblance to "The Boy In The Bubble", but with way more funk in its trunk. Reworked to perfection by AH & KBE, the snapping percussion and dexterous bassline wind your waist, while that relentless accordion should have you shaking your head skywards in celebration. Bastardo takes the controls for the B2 and boy do things get weird! "Brown Bay" dives into a pool of stiff drum machines, quirky acid and afro percussion, resurfacing as the perfect mood builder for the darker hours of the night. On the flip, the duo of AHKBE offers something different with "Dry Tears" - a killer track you could imagine as a Weatherall end-of-the-night tune - minimalistic dreamy walk on a cold beach with echoing dubbed out drums and haunting synths, pierced occasionally by a gospel choir, faces will be melting for certain. To top this package off, we have a nice sureshot banger from the Hamburg-based blog Frequency Without Control. Cleverly disguised under a new title, we get a re-cut version of an obscure euro disco 7-inch from 1979 with swirling synths and wild oriental touches - one for the peaktime I reckon!

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Another beauty from the land of the Blah Blah as AH, KBE, Bastardo and FRWCTRL retouch some seriously obscure shizzle. Lesotho grooves, techno tribalism, cold wave tear jerkers and the gloriously naff sound of unheard Euro disco - every one's a winner baby!

Various Artists

Black Panther: The Album

    Internationally-celebrated Grammy® Award–winning global superstar Kendrick Lamar and Billboard Magazine’s Executive of the Year, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, are set to curate and produce “Black Panther: The Album.” The album will feature music from and inspired by Marvel Studios’ Black Panther film including the lead single, “All The Stars,” featuring Kendrick Lamar and label mate SZA, produced by Sounwave.

    “Black Panther” is directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, among others.The film opens in the UK on 16th Februaryand pre order tickets alone have made it the most succesful Marvel film of all time! 

    Various Artists

    Ernesto Chahoud Presents TAITU - Soul Fuellled Stompers From 1960s-1970s Ethiopia

    Ernesto Chahoud’s "Taitu" is a collection of soul-fuelled stompers straight from the dancefloors of 1970s Addis Ababa. A breathless journey through the unique Ethio sound that bands were forging at the time, the 24 track compilation is the result of the Lebanese DJ and crate digger’s decade long love affair with the ‘golden age’ of Ethiopian music. Among the musical gems featured are 7”s by some of the heavyweights of the scene including the godfather of Ethio jazz Mulatu Astatke and Alemayehu Eshete, the vocalist dubbed the ‘Ethiopian Elvis’, alongside tracks by more obscure artists such as Merawi Yohannis and Birkineh Wurga.

    For ‘Taitu’, Chahoud has selected 24 of his essential Ethio-Soul 7”s, that never leave his DJ box, and together they capture this opportune moment in Ethiopian music history that saw bands experiment with an armful of influences: gliding through R&B, rock & roll, jazz, funk, soul and boogaloo. What came out was a distinctly Ethiopian interpretation: pentatonic scales, horn-driven melodies and soul-shattering vocals sung in Amharic. The songs are difficult to box in to one genre but they share a simplicity and rawness, added to by their lo-fi quality - with many recordings made in rudimentary studios with only a couple of mics for the entire band.

    From the R&B stomper ‘Honey Baby’ by Alemayehu Eshete to Astatke’s swaggering ethnic-jazz instrumental ‘Emnete’ and the bluesy melancholic vocals of Hirut Bekele on ‘Ewnetegna Feker’, ‘Taitu’ is a window in on the exciting records being made in Ethiopia in the 1970s and comes fully endorsed by us here at Picc HQ. 

    Various Artists

    Fabric 97: Tale Of Us

      Following the recent release of their ambient / classical ‘Endless’ album, respected Italian duo Tale Of Us, Carmine Conte and Matteo Milleri, take on ‘fabric 97’ with the same cool ease.

      While their debut in 2011 was on Visionquest, Tale Of Us soon became label owners starting the Life & Death imprint. Their current project is the label and worldwide event series Afterlife - already popular for its Realm Of Consciousness recordings.

      ‘fabric 97’ is presented in the pensive techno style on which Tale Of Us have built their reputation. Thirteen exclusive tracks are spread across the Afterlife label regulars and unreleased upcoming artists. The overall effect is a polished and personal showcase of the brand that Tale Of Us have shaped over the last couple of years.

      Switzerland's Bongo Joe continue to shun extravagant PR strategies and drawn-out, multi-volume campaigns for a succinct and widescreen picture of under appreciate musical microcosms. The fruitful synth wave and post-punk scene of Spain is next to be inspected. Specifically from 1980-86, "La Contra Ola" covers the striking DIY diversity that swept the country during this time. A blossoming time of creativity, with new technologies and digital instruments striking their mark across moods ranging from paranoid and claustrophobic to sleazy, sexy and the darn right ridiculous. If you've enjoyed some of the Dark Entries output and the minimal wave scene of San Fran, then you need to move your attention over to these European pioneers. Much like the Italian scene, there's obviously SO much to discover here, and even just scratching the surface of some of the bands mentioned reveals a wormhole of digging and further exploration required. Basically, if you like your circuits scorched and your mind bent and the impending sense of society's collapse makes you want to ruin machines, then this is surely the compilation for you! 5 stars!

      Funkycan aka Am Kinem teams up with Max Gee, while Money $ex regulars Imyrmind & Delphonic join Glenn Astro and Lonny Benz for a jam packed Money $ex outing. "Steiermark2017" is by Funkycan 7 & Graef and is a techno track made with a DR-550 and the crumar performer. It weaves and winds with slightly discordant melodies as fizzy, saturated drums pop and spurt. Glenn and Max drop the sub heavy and highly trickski, "No Tricks Dub". Thick walls of bass and intricately programmed tribal rhythms are order of the day as the pair conjure up a track similar to Paul Daly's cult remix of Jose Padilla's "Adios Amigo" - excellent! Delphonic & Astro provide the EPs crowning glory (in my opinion), a gentle propullsive, percussive glider that sounds like it's been ripped off a Sued record and should wins fans across the board with its delicate but engrossing sounds. Finally Imyrmind collaborates with Lonny Benz for the disjointed club attack that is "DID" - a juddering assault of drums embellished with subtle analogue nuances. A belter here from all involved, most recommended. 

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: I'll be honest, Money $ex doesn't always do it for me (then what does?! - ed) but this doozy from the allstars of the label has kept me more than entertained. Interesting sounds, intricate rhythms and experimental arrangements all keeping me hooked. Top one.

      'Raw Tapes Records' has been getting a lot of attention in the last few years; broadcasted around the world by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Toshio Matsuraa, Wah Wah 45 London, Stones Throw LA, Wicked Jazz Sounds/Amsterdam. Puzzles Volume 3 features 13 current artists on the label including Buttering Trio, Sol Monk & Nitai Hershkovits. The release features cooperation’s with MNDSGN, vocalist Jenny Penkin, Uzi Ramirez and more. This standout compilation is brimming with new talent and provides the best hip hop with a mixture of jazz elements thrown into the mix with the track Daytime Near Calm Waters. Bringing the beats on Infinite Innit is Kali Boog featuring Ateller providing the collective pieces together with hip hop beats. Casual and chilled this album is allowing new and upcoming artists to heard. With more than 70 albums released out of around 20 local artists within an 10-years work, this is no doubt the most productive independent music label in the history of Israel, and surely Tel Aviv's leading Beats/Hip Hop label and collective.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Millie says: Puzzles Vol. 3 is a stunning mixture of genres and collective artists bringing their contemporary style of chilled jazz hip hop vibes. Not to be missed, fans of Brownswood will like this.


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