Is it January? Is it? Really? Get this hour long mix of divine afro magic down your earholes and transport yourself the hell outta here.* It is mixed by Orange Tree Edits label boss Jimmy Rouge, so if you like I highly recommend checking out their Soundcloud page.
* I’m doing okay, honestly.
Likelihood is that a few of you might be feeling a little blue right about now, so, in the spirit of getting through January, check out this fella from Mali, Boncana Maïga, who’s been a big deal in the latin-soul scene for c. 40 years. This EP is more on the afro-funk end of things, so, stick it on and bounce your way through the opening salvos of 2019. Weirdly the final track, Petroci, was written as the soundtrack for an oil company of the same name from the Ivory Coast. We hate oil companies, but, boy do we love afro-funk eh.
Who doesn’t love 13 minutes of Afro goodness. It comes at you courtesy of a new release by Italian producer De Gama (Stefano Gamma).
We got brass. We got beats. And we got riddims. Clue is in the title really. Smile, and groove on.
Shout out to Ben Gomori for the tip.
If you’re liking this and you’re not a Spotify-head, I have a Soundcloud profile. You might like it.
Every Sunday I bring you something a little more downtempo to ease you back into the world.
Romare specialises in taking samples from Afro-American culture and reimagining them into super original, modern electronic tracks. Given that he’s a London-born white man there are some that think his approach is a little disrespectful. I’ll leave you to decide where you sit on that subject. Either way, it’s definitely worth a listen (and if it is your jam, you’re in luck – there’s a second album).
It’s no longer November! The freedom! The joy! Here’s some Afro house from 2002 to heat up your Winter.
Like what you hear? Well crank up the thermostat and get your teeth into this playlist of like-minded tunes
A shout out to Disclosure. They went from being pretty cool and on trend with Settle in 2013 (think You & Me, Help Me Lose my Mind, etc.) to being pretty lame and samey with Caracal in 2015 (think Omen) to being cool again in 2018. They’ve released 6 new tracks, each of which draws from different genres and all of which are pretty impressive pieces of production. 3 of them, really worth a listen. Fair play. Fair play.
First-up an 80s style banger.
Some lively electronica.
And finally, a cool afro-inspired tune featuring everyone’s favourite Malian/Ivorian Fatoumata Diawara.
Summer might be on the way out, but keep hold of the state of mind with this afro beauty from South African funk and soul musician Hugh Masekela from 1984. Still sounds fresh.
And if you liked that, here is an Afro/Dub/Funk inspired playlist I’ve put together for when you need some sunshine in your life. It’s heavy on the brass.