Review: In the early 1970s, a new musical art form emerged on the streets of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago from the social unrest of the time. A group of young guys started to combine poetry with drumming and created the musical art form that is known today as Rapso. Lutalo 'Brother Resistance' Masimba was one of the pioneers of this movement and his 1987 anthem "Tonight Is de Night" receives a much-needed reissue here on Cree. There's much to enjoy on this 12" - we're particularly loving the groovy "Rapso Space Dub" and funky steel drum riddims of "Crucial Decision ('92 Version)". This is total spiritual life music.
Opara (Ashely Beedle Afrikanz On Mars remix) (6:22)
Opara (Ashely Beedle Afrikanz On Mars Galactic Flute mix) (5:18)
Opara (Ashely Beedle Afrikanz On Mars instrumental dub) (6:21)
Review: Currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of her debut album, Brazilian nu-bossa frontrunner Sabrina enjoys a clutch of versions from Ashely Beadle. Channelling his Afrikanz On Mars spirit, he gives her the disco treatment she deserves with lavish percussion, sweeping synths and a sleazy but slinky bassline. Complete with a Galactic Flute remix and an instrumental, Far Out have created a winning package to match their previous Theo Parrish outing earlier this year.
Review: While the noise swirling around them is getting close to deafening, you get the feeling that the hype wouldn't penetrate the ethereal bubble that Peaking Lights exist in. The partnership of Indra Dunis and Aaron Coyes exudes innocence and wide-eyed delight at every turn - in that sense they make a pleasing departure from much of the current lo-fi zeitgeist. Where many of these artists have staked their claim to degraded sonics through a cacophony of noise and scrubbed-out vocals, Peaking Lights have a delicate, charming nature to them which uses withered production traits as a pathway rather than an end point. There's no denying that Lucifer is lo-fi (they even wryly name on of their tracks "Lo-Hi" on the album) but they don't use that aesthetic to mask the music that they make. Rather it sounds like they really don't have anything else to make their songs with other than Coyes' ropey home-made equipment and a battered four-track recorder. Whether this really is the case or not, there's no air of contrivance about Peaking Lights. For that reason alone the hype is well and truly justified. Highly recommended.