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Auntie Flo joins the Brownswood roster to deliver his third and most ambitious album to date. The Glasgow-raised producer, of Goan-Kenyan heritage, has often featured collaborators from different spots he’s visited, and this new record takes that approach to another level. Contributions come from a globetrotting cast of friends, including Laurie Pitt, of Glasgow’s Golden Teacher, Senegalese multi-instrumentalist Mama nDiack, UK producer and singer Andrew Ashong and Cuban percussionist Yissy Garcia.
It arrives as the natural companion piece to his Radio Highlife show on Worldwide FM, the online station run by Brownswood boss Gilles Peterson. Regularly touring to DJ in various cities around the world, it’s a pursuit that’s gone hand-in-hand with the global slant of his music - with the local radio often being his first introduction to new cities. It follows in the path of Glasgow’s Highlife club night which he co-founded, playing music from West Africa and Latin America which broke out of the city’s house and techno mould. Likewise, his own music has always been laced with percussion, ideas and inspirations that reflect a far-reaching perspective.
His previous long-players, "Theory of Flo" and "Future Rhythm Machine", were released on the Glasgow-based Huntleys & Palmers imprint. His dancefloor-minded singles have found a home on labels like Sofrito, Kompakt and Mule Musiq. His music, his DJ sets and the influential club night have drawn acclaim from publications like The Guardian, FACT and The Wire. "Radio Highlife", in many ways, marks the zenith of this producer's career thus far, and should be investigated by all lovers of far-flung music. Recommended.
Matt says: Really nice to see this artist find his stride. One of the first to embrace what now seems to be standard practice in dance music. Auntie Flo's electronic-afro hybrids laid the blueprints for many other ideas. "Radio Highlife" is the high water mark of his discography.
A1. Life Is High
A2. Nobody Said It Would Be Easy
A3. Havana Rhythm Dance (Feat. Andrew Ashong)
A5. Lights In The Northern Sky
A6. Western Princes
A7. Inga’s Choir
B1. Cape Town Jam
B2. One Guitar (Feat. Dan Mugula)
B4. Magic Stones Skit
B5. Mame's Story (Feat. Mamendiack)
1. Life Is High
2. Nobody Said It Would Be Easy
3. Havana Rhythm Dance (Feat. Andrew Ashong)
5. Radio Souk
6. Lights In The Northern Sky
7. Western Princes
8. Inga’s Choir
9. Malawi Skit
10. Cape Town Jam
11. One Guitar (Feat. Dan Mugula)
13. Magic Stones Skit
14. Mame's Story (Feat. Mamendiack)