Awesome Tapes from Africa

#165 – Jane Weaver, Ela Orleans, Hailu Mergia, Nihiloxica

In the last episode before we start reviewing the year we find independent labels still squeezing out incredible records. We have intense Ugandan drums from Nihiloxica, we have the first record in 15 years form Ethiopian legend Hailu Mergia. We have Christmas music from Ela Orleans, techno from Autumns, tuba drone from ORE, new music from Jane Weaver, and Ben Reimer and loads more.

Tracklisting
Nihiloxica – Endongo (Nyege Nyege Tapes, Uganda)
Jane Weaver And Virginia Wing – I Feel It Starts Again (Fire Records, UK)
Autumns – Headache Tablet (Touch Sensitive, UK)
ORE – VANADIUM (Box Records, UK)
Fadoul – Bsslama Hbibti (Habibi Funk, Germany)
Terekke – Mix 91 (L.I.E.S., USA)
Ben Reimer – Drum Dances IV (Red Shift Records, Canada)
Hailu Mergia – Gum Gum (Awesome Tapes from Africa, USA)
Ela Orleans – Christmas Fell Away (Parental Guidance, UK)
Cosey Fanni Tutti – The Secret Touch (Conspiracy International, UK)

#124 – Mahatma X, Mighty Lord Deathman, Bastien Keb, Rob St. John

Scottish-infused Philadelphian hiphop kicks us off this week. We have ten tracks exploring Italian library music, soul jazz, Malian folk, and power electronics. We also have a tribute to the late William Onyeabor, who passed away last week.

Tracklisting
Mahatma X – Mahatma and the White Devil (Home Assembly Music, UK)
Kælan Mikla – Kalt (Fabrika Records, Greece)
Sandro Brugnolini – L’Ora Di Agire (Schema SCEB Series, Italy)
Bardo Pond – Crossover (Fire Records, UK)
Bastien Keb – Pick Up (First Word Records, UK)
Mighty Lord Deathman – Enemies of Deathman (self-release, UK)
Nochexxx – Overhound (Alien Jams, UK)
Rob St. John & Pete Harvey – Farewell, Dear Love (Autolycus Records, UK)
Awa Poulo – Djulau (Awesome Tapes from Africa, USA)
William Onyeabor – Good Name (Luaka Bop, USA)

#120 – best of 2016 pt.2 (our favourite live shows)

We continue our alternative look back at 2016, focusing on some of the artists that have wowed us with live shows throughout the year. It’s a diverse bunch, with jazz, grime, hiphop, afrobeat and indie rock amongst the highlights.

Tracklisting
Tony Allen & Jimi Tenor – Selfish Gene (Strut Records, UK)
Part Chimp – Hello Bastards (Rock Action Records, UK)
L’Orange & Mr Lif – Strange Technology (Mello Music Group, USA)
Bohren & Der Club of Gore – Live at Union Chapel, London 21 May 2016
Skepta – Crime Riddim (Boy Better Know, UK)
Gaika – BUTA ft. Miss Red (Mixpak, USA)
Ela Orleans – You Go Through Me (Night School Records, UK)
Ebo Taylor – Heaven (Essibons Music, Ghana)
Ata Kak – Daa Nyinaa (Awesome Tapes from Africa, USA)
Duchess Says – I Repeat Myself (Bonsound, Canada)

#95 – Thee Oh Sees, Factory Floor, ZuZed, Qujaku

Back on usual business this week with a wide mix of cracking new independent releases. We have two submissions, one cut of ambient disco from ZuZed, and another slice of psychedelia from Melody Fields. Elsewhere we kick off with a blistering track off the forthcoming Thee Oh Sees record, we also have a long-awaited new track from Factory Floor, Japanese rock from Qujaku, reissued Ethiopian goodness from Hailu Mergia, the latest single from Flamingods, and more old reissued music from Sofrito and remixes from Nice Up! Records.

Tracklisting
Thee Oh Sees – Gelatinous Cube (Castle Face Records, USA)
Factory Floor – Dial Me In (DFA Records, USA)
ZuZed – 6:12pm, The Divine Jaw-dropping Incident (self-release, USA)
Qujaku – Keiren (So I Buried Records, UK)
Miss Red – Fever (self-release, Israel)
Flamingods – Jungle Birds (Soundway Records, UK)
Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band – Sintayehu (Awesome Tapes from Africa, USA)
Swinging Stars of Dominica – Las Mal Parle (Sofrito, UK)
Tenor Fly – Rude Boy Talk (Toddla T & Melé Remix) (Nice Up!, UK)
Melody Fields – Morning Sun (self-release, UK)

#94 – Field Day Festival Special

Field Day festival returns for its tenth birthday this year at Victoria Park in London. Gareth and Anthony run through ten of the artists they’re most excited about seeing, including some big hitters like Roots Manuva, The Avalanches, and Skepta, as well as some artists from elsewhere on the bill, including Ata Kat, The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, and Psychemagik

Tracklisting
Ata Kak – Obaa Sima (Awesome Tapes From Africa, USA)
The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist (XL Recordings, UK)
Skepta – Man (Boy Better Know, UK)
The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band – Sao Sakit Mae (Paradise Bangkok, Thailand)
Orchestra Baobab – Utrus Horas (World Circuit Records, UK)
Psychemagik – Mink & Shoes (self-release, UK)
Goat – I Sing in Silence (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Novelist & Mumdance – Take Time (Rinse Recordings, UK)
Moon Duo – Free the Skull (Sacred Bones Records, USA)
Roots Manuva – Hard Bastards (Big Dada Records, UK)

#44 – Gazelle Twin, Nochexxx, Aby Ngana Diop, Bruce Lacey

Kicking off the show this week we’ve got Soviet-era vinyl breakbeat mashups, heartbreaking ballads and unidentifiable electronic music. Elsewhere in the hour we’ve got the latest from two regularly featured labels – Awesome Tapes From Africa and Rocket recordings – we’ve also got avant-garde oddness from Trunk records in the shape of Bruce Lacey, Blaxploitation Bollywood, a rare track from Crystal Mansion and a dub rework of the magnificent Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band.

Tracklisting
1.Imperialist Monsters – Fulgeance & DJ Scientist (First Word Records, UK)
2.Love and Mercy – Gazelle Twin (self-release, UK)
3.Stinson Fish – Nochexxx (Type Records, UK)
4.Electric Pony – Shit and Shine (Rocket Recordings, UK)
5.Dieuleul-Dieuleul – Aby Ngana Diop (Awesome Tapes from Africa, USA)
6.Boogie Man – Crystal Mansion (BBE Records, UK)
7.Music from Everybody’s Nobody (1960) (excerpt) – Bruce Lacey (Trunk Records, UK)
8.Roop Lor Pu Tai (Rootikal dub) – Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band (Paradise Bangkok, Thailand)
9.Chand Mera Dil – R.D. Burman (His Master’s Voice, India)
10.Jungle Magic – Benis Cletin (Sofrito, UK)

#42 – Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld, Mutamassik, Ata Kak, Bernard Fevre

Lots of rare, innovative and new music in the hour this week. We have new releases from Egyptian/Italian/New York producer Mutamassik, Bardo Pond, Colin Stetson and Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld. There are new reissues from Parisian electro pioneer Bernard Fevre and a previously extremely rare Ghanian record from Ata Kak. Throw in a spectacular piece from Sun Ra and John Coltrane collaborator Pharaoh Sanders, a live recording from the inimitable David Thomas Broughton and a rare slice of explicit 80s disco and you have another hour’s genre mash-up of the highest quality.

Tracklisting
1.When the Shit Hits the fan – Master Boogie’s Song and Dance (West End Records, USA)
2.The Rest of Us – Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld (Constellation Records, USA)
3.Long Beards – Mutamassik (Discrepant, UK)
4.Drifting Snow – David Thomas Broughton (self-release, UK)
5.Prince of Peace – Pharaoh Sanders (Jazzman Records, UK)
6.Daa Nyinaa – Ata Kak (Awesome Tapes from Africa, USA)
7.Weekee Way – Bernard Fevre (Lo Recordings, UK)
8.Music is the Healing Force of the Universe – Bardo Pond (Fire Records, UK)