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Released over six years ago, NYC producer Thornato's debut album "Bennu" was a milestone here at Wonderwheel as the producer who previously had a viral danceflloor hit with his "Gaita Gaita" rework stepped out from behind the curtain with an album full of groundbreaking originals, turning what was known at the time as as the "Global Bass" genre on it's head with a mix of African Rhythms, Dancehall, Dub, House, and Latin Vibes. The album initially started out as a bit of a slow burn, but soon developed a fanbase around it with "Chapinero" and Poirier's heavy remix of "Rhinoceros" turning up festival dancefloors that summer. Since then, 'Bennu' has continues to push forward to this day, racking up 25 million streams, and two global syncs this year for Smirnoff and Netflix's "Elite". In commemoration of this now classic album, we've pressed up a very limited run (just 200) translucent blue 'Bennu' LPs that are available now.

TRACK LISTING

1. Bennu
2. Rhinocerus (feat. Gappy Ranks)
3. Chapinero
4. Shu Swamp
5. El Oro De La Tolita (feat. Taribo)
6. Welwyn (feat. Harry Vanvagen)
7. Chamegei
8. Deux A Deux (feat. Kongo Elektro)
9. Eight Year Rebound
10. Tu Luz (feat. Lido Pimienta)
11. Last Chance (feat. The Spy From Cairo)

La Mujer Serpiente/Cumbia Serpiente is the 1st single from Earthtones' upcoming LP on Wonderwheel. This collaboration with longtime friend & co-producer, Oliwa, features vocal delivery and heartbreakingly beautiful songwriting by Colombian Canadian artist/singer, Lido Pimienta. Behind the live cumbia rhythms, bass synths, analog keys, 808 drums & guitars, the vision of this track is one of upliftment of womxn and femmes everywhere.

Selam is a vision of peace. This collaboration between producer/DJ Earthtones and Ethiopian musician/vocalist Etsegenet Mekonnen features haunting vocals sung in Amharic.

Analog & semi-modular synths combine with 909 drums and afrobeats percussion by Earthtones, to weave grooves for Etsegenet's depth in songwriting, voice and soul. The main version has a dancehall bassline that calls one to movement, while the dub versions evoke mystery amidst long modulated leads + filtered pads.

Selam enezra ahunim (let us sow peace).

TRACK LISTING

1. La Mujer Serpiente (SINGLE) [feat. Lido Pimienta & Oliwa]
2. Selam (BASS) [feat. Etsegenet Mekonnen]

El Buho's fifth studio album may be his most personal yet. Strata draws from Robin's attempts to grapple with the tension of experiencing happiness, joy and gratitude in our daily lives with loved ones or through sharing music while the world falls apart around us. This dynamic of trying to live in the moment and enjoy the privileged life we have yet in the back of your mind there is an overwhelming sense of dread that the world will never be the same and, as climate change really starts to hit home, there are incredibly difficult times ahead. It is about our attempts to find a place of peace, balance and fulfillment between these powerful strata above and below us.

This is an album heavy with intimate and personal music that moves between personal joy and the anguish of our modern world. Timini is dedicated to Robin's second son Oscar who earned the nickname Petit Mini (Little Mini) which became 'Timini'. The track was inspired by the rustling wind and shaking leaves as Robin walked home from the hospital the evening after Oscar's birth, writing the whole track in one exhausted and emotional sitting. Gentle Breeze was inspired by the feeling of a warm early summer's afternoon with the family at home. Beautiful simplicity.

On the other hand, Alarma de Emergencia is a cumbia for the endless alarm that has been ringing, unheard across our planet for decades. Fuel Fandango singer Nita's beautiful lyrics to its sister track Cenizas de Agua reference the need to "open our hearts, look for our own reflection and break the silence" While on Brujería Bomba Estereo frontwoman Li Saument implores us to sanar (heal) and limpiar clean above Robin's trademark floating flutes and an organic dem-bow beat.

Meanwhile tracks like Piañuco show a new direction, blending the deep bass and unique rhythms of amapiano music with huayno folk melodies, featuring a whole host of musicians, including over 50 saxophone lines, meticulously recorded by argentine saxophonist Leandro Guffanti and his students in Barcelona. The album ends with Ley de Origen where we see El Búho reunited with his long-time collaborators Minük (Corazon de Rubi, Mirando El Fuego) for another moving and delicate song this time mixing Alumnis and Marcus' beautiful vocals with a deep, warm sub bass and percussion and marimbas from Colombia's pacific coast.

TRACK LISTING

1. Floating Islands
2. Cenizas De Agua (feat. Nita) [feat. Nita]
3. Gentle Breeze
4. Brujería (feat. Li Saumet) [feat. Bomba Estéreo]
5 .Piañuco
6. Timini
7. Alarma De Emergencia
8. Llanto De Los Cerezos
9. Ley De Origen (feat. Minük) [feat. Minük]

Globe-trotting and much loved DJ and producer Nickodemus, is back with his fifth album, "Soul & Science." Known in many circles worldwide for his own inimitable style rooted in the many cultures of New York City, Nickodemus mixes influences from the Latin, African, Middle Eastern and Caribbean diasporas, blending them with homegrown sounds like House, Disco, and Hip-Hop with style and finesse. This new album is no different in its genre and influence fluidity, taking listeners on a journey of self-discovery through Nico's eyes, exploring the relationship between humanity and technology in a rapidly changing world, weaving together a vibrant tapestry of musical genres from his time spend criss-crossing the globe as an artist the last two decades. "Despite our fears of being taken over by evil-intelligent robots or imploding from our own internal turmoil, human beings endure, converting joy and pain into expressions of art. The voices on this album lead us to the realization: we share more in common with each other than modern media would like us to believe. It's solid science!", says Nico. And like with every one of his albums album, the title track "Soul & Science" offers us a Hip Hop lyrical summary on the theme of the record. "Artificial Intelligence is irrelevant to my artistry.", Malik Work rhymes, "I'm an outlier, true outsider, not the average. Can't be computed and booted for data gathering."

As is the case with every Nickodemus record, "Soul & Science" is a collaborative effort between old and new friends, recorded in his home studio / record room / memorabilia museum. "Plastic (A Bigger Name)" features NYC Queer icons The Illustrious Blacks who give voice to this stomping dancefloor anthem with an irresistible bassline. Called "Bed Stuy's favorite creative couple" by the New York Times, The Blacks deliver a lyrical performance calling out the social media driven fakeness that's taken over our world.


Sudanese purveyor of "East African Retro-Pop" Alsarah guests in a rare English performance on "Shadow Thief", a disco get down inside the souk with a dissonant flute line and vocals metaphorically speaking on migration and human displacement. The album opener "La Noche" featuring Antonio Lizana is classic Nickodemus fare, with a deep Hip Hop groove & a modern twist on traditional Flamenco vocals describing the creative burst we get as artists out in nightlife. "Mama Tchipp" featuring Cameroonian vocalist Pat Kalla bangs straight into an uplifting African disco groove with an mega funky bassline from Jonathan Maron, Jungle Fire on Horns and longtime Wonderwheel affiliate and rising star Gitkin on guitar. Caribbean island hopping, we have the Carnaval inspired "No Puedo Parar" & "Rumba Tobacco y Ron" one of the last songs written by Puerto Rico's late great star Hector "Tempo" Alomar (vocalist on the legendary Nickodemus/Quanrtic collaboration track "Mi Swing es Tropical") – once again Quantic is on board writing the horns parts with vocals sung by Cuba's own Haydee Soul, making it a one of a kind Puerto Rico meets Cuba collaboration.

From Latin America to North & West Africa, from the dance-floors of Europe to the gritty homebase of New York City, "Soul & Science" is a celebration of the human spirit in all its multi-faceted glory as Nickodemus invites listeners to put down their phones, free their hands, be open to surprises and let loose on the dance-floor. The album is a reminder that, as emerging technologies continue to reshape our world, we must not forget the soulful, magical essence that makes us human.

TRACK LISTING

1. La Noche (feat. Antonio Lizana)
2. Mama Tchipp (Follow Me) [feat. Pat Kalla]
3. Plastic (A Bigger Name) [feat. The Illustrious Blacks]
4. Mamaciterranea (feat. Captures, Mauro Durante & Huaira)
5. Soul & Science (feat. The Real Live Show & Indigo Prodigy)
6. The Shadow Thief (feat. Alsarah)
7. Knockin' (feat. The Illustrious Blacks & Bad Colours)
8. Race To Robotics (feat. MC Saturn 6 & Internet Provider)
9. No Puedo Parar (feat. Troy Simms, Jungle Fire Horns & Barzo)

Brazilian psych soul wunderkind, producer and singer Tagua Tagua has joined the Wonderwheel Recordings family with a tender selection of cuts on his second album Tanto.

Recorded in the rural outskirts of Sao Paulo there is a sense of yearning that permeates throughout the set list of ten unapologetic love songs that fly between lush psychedelic pop to warm, beat-laden neo-soul with Brazilian flavor. The album maneuvers subtly between the different dynamics, and purposefully so, as it was 'a vibe' that Tagua Tagua AKA Felipe Puperi wanted to instill from start to finish - channeling soul heroes past and present like Bill Withers, Shuggie Otis & Sault.

The album title and first single Tanto translates to Portuguese as 'so much', and Felipe sees the track and entirety of the album as "a feeling of falling in love for the sake of falling in love". The track is a slice of horizontal soul music and possesses a sweet, almost drug induced fervor, simple on arrangements. Felipe sings in a melismatic tenor, at times tipping into falsetto, with subtle effects enriching his delivery.

Based in the city of São Paulo, Felipe previously fronted the group Wannabe Jalva and has an extensive musical resumé, having played at Lollapalooza Brazil, supported shows for Pearl Jam and Jack White, and created a name for himself as one of the most promising breakout acts in Brazil. Yet there was a break-out moment of self discovery, a re-connection with his language that led to a personal and musical revolution culminating in his debut solo album in 2020, Inteiro Metade.

Whereas his previous longplayer had changing musical personalities from tropical psychedelic to funk and soul, Tanto only flirts outside of the mellow psychedelic soul prism and whilst there are ebbs and flows, it delights in its sparse and sweet minimalism. "Pra Trás" opens proceedings, and aptly, as Tagua Tagua moves from one album to the next, it's about leaving things behind. There are strings and orchestrations, a killer guitar hook and Tagua Tagua's seductive delivery. "Colors" is full throttle future-soul, squelchy synths pulsed by a lazy, yet insistent shuffler of a beat. Further dreamlike timbres are found in "Barcelona", a journey of a song and Brisa, perhaps the body-mover of the collection, with silky synths and a chorus you're sure to repeat.

All songs were written and recorded by Felipe himself, mixed by fellow Wannabe Jalva band member Tiago Abrahão, and mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Chet Faker). Recently, Tagua Tagua toured Europe and played several shows at SXSW and along the West coast in the US.

TRACK LISTING

1. Pra Trás
2. Tanto
3. Me Leva
4. Brisa
5. Barcelona
6. Starbucks
7. OODH
8. Colors
9. Cada Passo
10. Te Dizer

The second volume of El Búho's "Tributaries" remix compilation series brings together 14 more remixes from UK born producer and remix extraordinaire Robin Perkins aka El Búho. Building on 2018's first volume, the evolution of the producer's sound and influences becomes clear. The album is threaded together by reinterpretations of traditional music in a new electronic-organic context. Be it Galician, Estonian, Colombian, Irish, Garifuna, Reunionnaise or Frenchfolkmusic, El Búho makes his own unique tribute to the originals, bringing them into his owlish universe.



The album mixes club-ready bangers with beautiful and moving interpretations, easily making sense both in your living room or behind the decks. We are treated to a wide delta of influences, styles and sounds, moving between the slow, psychedelic electronic cumbia take on Chadian group Pulo NDJ's Dabadji Am Alcorama across the Atlantic to the upbeat, dancefloor fire remix of Garifuna Collective Ideruni, from an anthemic version of No Más Velorio by Colombia's Plu Con Pla to a refreshing, driving remix of up and coming Reunionnaise producer Eat My Butterfly.



Tributaries offers both a nod to the past, paying tribute to traditions andfolkmusic around the world, and a vision of the future, carving out new channels and directions, transporting the flows of the past into the future.


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