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Professor Rhythm – Leave Me Alone

The always-reliable Awesome Tapes from Africa digs up a 1995 kwaito dance gem from South Africa’s Professor Rhythm. The label has had some great stuff in 2017 including Umoja’s 707′ and Om Alec Khaoli ‘Say You Love Me’ and this is no different. Joy. Brian and his Awesome Tapes From Africa are in the Sugar Club in Dublin on November 11th with Super Silly, Farah Elle courtesy of Woweembeem.


The Go! Team are back and for their first song since 2015’s The Scene Between. The Brighton band arrive with ‘Semicircle Song’ with a marching band, The Detroit Youth Choir. The band’s mastermind Ian Parton took inspiration from Northern soul, Japanese indie-pop and old-school hip hop and went to Detroit to record with a marching band and choir.


3.

Boy Harsher – Westerners

Massachusetts duo Boy Harsher impressed me with the dark and swirling ‘Motion’ and here’s another from their debut EP, a pulsating electro track with atmospheric care-free abandon and an old-school beat.


4.

SONDAR – Ready

Effervescent electro pop from Cait and Katie, a duo from Nashville.


5.

Burial – Rodent

I’d become less interested in recent Burial releases due to familiarity or apathy. That’s on me perhaps but the latest track from the enigmatic producer finds him in his most direct clubbing state in quite a while. From the the relentless bassline to the hypnotic vocal line to the snatches of sax, ‘Rodent’ is a fresh sound from a producer who already has a trailblazing tag.


6.

Palmbomen II – Ultimate Lovestory Fantasy

The latest release, Memories of Cindy 3, from the LA producer has his trademark textured ambience in full effect: revealing itself like a soft breath in a warm fogged tunnel.


7.

Four Tet – Lush

A mellow and melodic highlight from Kieran Hebden’s largely understated new record New Energy.


8.

St. Vincent – Pills

Annie Clark’s Jack Antonoff-produced album Masseduction is out today. Clark has always been one to root for – as a kickass female artist in a male-dominated guitar space, she’s proved herself more talented and ambitious than anyone yet sometimes, her songs remain stubborn to letting you in beyond admiration. ‘Pills’ is maybe the most pop thing Clark has ever done but it doesn’t lose the swagger that got her to where she is in the first place. She’s in Dublin next week.


9.

Baths – Out

Will Wiesenfeld is back as Baths with a new album Romaplasm on Anticon on November 17th and the album takes inspiration from anime and video games. ‘Out’ has that vivd bounce to it and Will says the title is “a dual meaning—either referring to someone going out for the night, or being an out gay person. It touches on the intersection of both but mostly deals with how I feel in a club environment.” Here’s first single ‘Yeoman’.


10.

King Krule – Half Man Half Shark

Archy Marshall’s newest album as King Krule might be his most complete yet (one listen in). Marshall has a tendency to let his drawl do all the work on tracks sometimes but there’s plenty of shade and energy on the new record to warrant further investigation. It’s still got that loose jazz feel at times and ‘Half Man Half Shark’ is one such typical highlight.


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Posted on October 13th, 2017

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I’ve been following the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog for as almost as long as I’ve been blogging since 2006. Brian Shimkovitz started posting MP3s of cassettes he picked up on his travels in Africa since 2002. Last year, he kicked off his Awesome Tapes label with a release from Malian singer Nâ Hawa Doumbia and another from Ghana’s Bola.

Ahead of his DJ appearance alongside Clark, Hype Williams, Forrests, Subaltern and Sunken Foal this Sunday at the Static Weekender in the Button Factory, Shimkovitz made a mix for us of some of his recent favourite finds including Gyedu Blay Ambolley’s ‘Burkina Faso’, Malian government-supported Orchestre Régional de Ségou, the National Youth Choir of Namibia, Nigerian fuji from General Kollington Ayinla & His African Fuji Eaglets (that’s him above), Ethiopian sax man Getatchew Mekurya, Ghanaian hiplife artist Getatchew Mekurya and Moroccan musician Lahbib Boutaxi. Full tracklist and links below.


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Posted on October 24th, 2012

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If there was ever a candidate for music blog to turn into a record label Awesome Tapes From Africa is it. Having unearthed many a cassette tape on his travels in Africa, Brian Shimkowitz has been sharing his finds on his blog for the past five years and this week, the Awesome Tapes From Africa label lets loose La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 3 by Malian singer Nâ Hawa Doumbia the first blog’s foray into releasing.

Originally released on, cassette in 1982, the four-track EP contains truly emotive and richly-woven together African music. Doumbia serves as the travelling siren guide while gentle yet intricate combinations of guitar, percussion, piano and a lute-like instrument weave around each other. There are elements of the music that runs through Tinariwen, the rugged earthy arrangements from the Tuareg region. Beautiful stuff that’s worth owning on vinyl for sure. Doumbia will receive 50% of all proceeds after expenses.

Download:Nâ Hawa Doumbia, “Kungo Sogoni”

Available on MP3, CD, LP and Cassette of course.

Posted on October 21st, 2011

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