Elisio Gomes & Joachim Varela - "Chuma Lopes" (5:29)
Tchiss Lopes - "E Bo Problema" (3:27)
Americo Brito - "Babylon 79" (3:31)
Jose Casimiro - "Djozinho Cabral" (5:06)
Nho Balta - "Posse Bronck" (2:25)
Kola - "Lameirao" (5:18)
Cabo Verde Show - "Nova Coladeira" (3:29)
Tam Tam 2000 - "Melhor Futuro" (3:48)
Pedrinho - "Chema" (3:11)
Dionisio Maio - "Mie Fogo" (3:45)
Bana - "Canta Cu Alma Sem Ser Magoado" (3:34)
Review: After that magnificent compilation from Analog Africa from summer 2016, we have become increasingly obsessed with the sound of the Cape Verde islands, an archipelago off the coast of West Africa. Until recently, its musical culture hadn't quite permeated the Western world, but things have changed. Thanks to that aforementioned compilation, and now this new collection of stupendous tunes compiled by the young Ostinato Records, we have realised just how amazing the island's music tradition really is, particularly in the 70s and 80s. These guys were ahead, using a mixture of local Creole singing and visionary synth experimentation, the have constructed a sound of their own, utterly inimitable and instantly recognisable. The same familiar names appear on this new comp, including Abel Lima, Tchiss Lopes, Jose Casimiro, and a whole slew of previously untapped artists. To us, this is the best form of outernational on the market at the moment, and we couldn't recommend this enough. KILLER.
Dur Dur Band - "Duruuf Maa Laygu Diidee (Rejected Due To My Circumstance)" (feat Muqtar Idi Ramadan) (4:22)
Iftiin Band - "Anaa Qaylodhaankaan" (feat Mahmud Abdalla "Jerry" Hussen) (5:23)
Review: In 1988, on the eve of the civil war that began to tear apart Somalia in the early 1990s, an intrepid band of broadcasters and journalists secretly salvaged some 10,000 cassettes of homegrown music from the archives of Radio Hargeissa in Somaliland. Almost 30 years on, those tapes have finally been mined for Sweet as Broken Dates, a brilliant compilation that finally showcases some of the multitude of gems that were recorded and released in the country between the late '60s and early '90s. It's a brilliant collection, all told, full of exotic music that combines Western styles - soul, funk, disco, pop, reggae, boogie, psychedelic rock and even early hip-hop- with musical influences from the wider region (most notably Arabic and tropical music from islands in the Indian Ocean). In other words, it should be an essential purchase.
Coupe Cloue Et Trio Select - "La Vie Vieux Negre" (3:25)
Rodrigue Milien Et Son Groupe Combite Creole - "Rapadou" (3:59)
Les Loups Noirs - "Pele Rien" (3:29)
Super Jazz De Jeunes - "Erzulie Oh!" (5:29)
Nemours Jean Baptiste - "Haiti Cumbia" (2:12)
Ensemble Etoile Du Soir - "Prend Courage" (2:56)
Super Jazz De Jeunes - "Lonin" (3:11)
Ensemble Etoile Du Soir - "Tripotage" (2:55)
Chanel 10 - "Lola" (5:05)
Super Choucoune 70 - "Madeleine" (8:04)
Les Pachas Du Canape Vert - "Samba Pachas No 2" (5:39)
Ibo Combo - "Souffrance" (5:44)
Les Shleu Shleu - "Diable Le" (5:15)
Shupa Shupa - "Shupa Shupa" (3:48)
Orchestre De La Radio National D'Haiti - "Meci Bon Dieu" (4:50)
Review: New York City label Ostinato Records make their impressive debut with this compilation of Haitian Jazz and Electric Folklore spanning two decades from the sixties onwards. Allegedly compiled from an array of private collections and radio archives in Brooklyn and several digging trips throughout Haiti, this 20-track selection offers an intriguing overview of the country's musical diversity in this period. Musical innovation is matched by percussive potency as Ostinato tell the story of a "vibrant laboratory of colliding influences" in the best way possible; with some truly delightful music! You can totally see "Pele Rein" by Les Loups Noirs getting played by Floating Points down Brilliant Corners. They also include a 20 page liner note booklet with vintage photographs mined across Haiti and its vast diaspora, an essay by a scholar of traditional Haitian Vodou rhythms at the School of Arts in Port au Prince, a history of the Haitian sound, and interviews with key figures of the forgotten scene.
Review: The Ostinato label is, without a doubt, coming through with the heaviest, most sought-after funana on the planet, and that is something quite special in itself if you think that this is some pretty niche, limited material. Their Cape Verde 45s series comes through with their most killer 7" yet, a two-tracker from 1984 by the Conjunto Jovens Africano, led by Ze Orlando - a prominent figure in the connection between Santiago (CV) and Lisbon, Portugal. Both tracks are pure fire, with "Nhu Djon" rocking that classic funana style, fast-paced and full of colour, while "Volta Pa Terra" offers the island's well-known passion for synthesisers and organic instruments, landing an instantly seductive groove that grows and grows. Wonderful stuff. Don't miss this!
Abdelmoniem Ekhaldi - "Droob A Shoag (Paths To Love)" (5:27)
Samira Dunia - "Galbi La Tahwa Tani (My Heart, Don't Fall In Love Again)" (4:33)
Mohammed Wardi - "Al Sourah (The Photo)" (9:01)
Abdullah Abdelkader - "Al Zaman Zamanak (It's Your Time)" (6:12)
Mustafa Modawi & Ibrahim El Hassan - "Al Wilaid Al Daif (The Youth Who Came As A Guest)" (7:46)
Ibrahim El Kashif - "Elhabeeb Wain? (Where Is My Sweetheart?)" (1:55)
Mohammed Wardi - "Al Mursal (The Messenger)" (11:36)
Review: Ostinato Records is still in its infancy but the label has well and truly impressed us since they first launched last year. That initial string of reissue material from Cape Verde was sensational to say the least, and we're doubly impressed to see that the label heads have now sprawled out to Sudan, a corner of Africa that is comparatively less known in terms of music. With 16 tunes that have been selected for this essential double album, there is so much to explore and take in, especially given that this music is not something to be consumed superficially; let's the rhythms take you, revel in them, learn your surroundings. This is you being launched in Sudan. Hotly tipped!