Update : out today!
The Athens of the North record label are mostly known for their reissues of glorious, long forgotten soul, disco and jazz music. Their releases favour in particular the 7 inch vinyl format. There have however been a few exceptions, most notably the beautiful Hampshire and Foat album and now this new one from Andrew Wasylyk which appears to be in a similar vein. Andrew Wasylyk is a pseudonym for Scottish musician Andrew Mitchell. So far only one track is available to preview, Greendive#2 as well as a little YouTube trailer. The tune is a stunning piece of music that certainly whets the appetite. Athens of the North promise an album touching on modern classical, ambient, jazz alongside a touch of folk. We’ll have to wait until next February to find out for sure, but for now you can check out the teaser track and pre-order at their bandcamp.
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It looks like this one has been a long time in the making! Apparently this album was started way back in 2005 as a follow up to Steve’s Spaceshift album but never completed until now. Not that Steve has been slouching in the meantime what with many other projects on the go including Africa Hitech with Mark Pritchard or Space Invadas with Katalyst. Eglo records have also been issuing a number of Spacek bangers over the last year or so with a trio of EPs. It’s great to see they now have a full album on the way. For the time being we have just the one track to preview, Carnival Nights, which has a great futuristic dancehall vibe. The full album is released December 7th, but you can pre-order via the Eglo bandcamp page now.
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I’d never heard of the genre ‘Burger Highlife’ until recently. Burger Highlife is the meeting point between traditional Ghanaian Highlife and 80’s style synths. This reissue, a joint release from Kalita records and CC:Editions is a good example of this type of music. Featuring four tracks by Nana Tuffour taken from a couple of his albums. The first two are taken from the ‘Genesis’ album from 1993, which incidentally can be listened to in full via Spotify. The other tracks are taken from a later lesser know album, ‘Highlife Tropicana’ from 1997. Personally I could have done without the last track ‘Jesus’ which hasn’t aged too well, but the rest of the package is pretty solid
The Repair Your Soul show returns to the clouds for this first episode with Neil Sherwood playing all these marvelous records…
Insólito UniVerso – Transmutada
Greater Manchester Housing Authority – Alnilam
Dreamcast – Up 2 U
Brandon Coleman – Walk Free (Flying Lotus remix)
Jaubi – Lahore State Of Mind (Al Dobson Jr remix)
Victor – Amerikan Dread (Androo Dub)
Yazz Ahmed – The Lost Pearl (Hector Plimmer remix)
Specter – Not New To This
Marlui Miranda – Tchori Tchori (remix)
Tenderlonious – Broken Tom
Pedro & Jenna Camille – Float
JVXTA – SS Anne
Hanna – Perhaps (Earl Jeffers remix)
Chaos In The CBD – Multiverse
Stephane Attias – Sunset
Lay-Far – Morning (Lay-Far rework)
NameBrandSound’s IG Culture and Alex Phountzi bring a little broken beat flavour to the Talking Heads classic for this vinyl only release. Definitely one for the party season
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Olinda records, run by the Colectivo Futuro crew, have been gathering momentum with each release over the last year or so. This their fourth release is particularly special, an album from a Venezuelan quartet, based in Paris, Insólito UniVerso. The music on offer is equal parts joyous uptempo numbers mixed with deeper more melancholic moments. The album successfully fuses traditional Venezuelan styles with a more modern electronic sound. The band are also playing a gig this coming Friday at the Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston, support on the night from the Colectivo Futura DJ’s.
Update – the band will be performing live Friday afternoon on Worldwide FM for those who didn’t get a ticket for the gig
GMHA has been knocking it out of the park recently with a series of self-released EPs over on his bandcamp page. His latest, ‘Cosmik Musik II’ is an ace, fun collection full of dancefloor heat with a couple of beatless spacey moments thrown in for good measure. The tune ‘Astronaut’, I’m told was made from parts of a track Dave Sector and Dominic Stanton were working on but couldn’t quite get together. Dave sent GMHA the parts and was suitably blown away by the results! Elsewhere there’s the awesome ‘De I Comahlee Ah’ and the cheeky ‘Clapping Song’ inspired ‘369’. If this is the first you’ve heard of GMHA, make sure you check out the back catalog over on the bandcamp page, you’re in for a treat.
Cosmik Musik II
Welcome to ‘Tell Me I’m Dreaming’ dedicated to music ramblings and selections. We’ll be covering all things house, broken, jazz, soul, hip-hop, new, retro… There will also be regular mixes and shows from the TMID friends and family to dive into