It’s time for our weekly selection of the finest new releases hitting digital stores. Check out house by Kyodai, Bodhi and Fenou Bouquet, alternative by ClickClickDecker and jazz by GLM Allstars. Furthermore we’ve got soul by Witch and contemporary music by Socos Dúo.
Javier & Luis Garayalde aka Kyodai are back on Local Talk with their third release since the debut ”Breaking” back in 2012. The pace is set with the first track ”Konbanwa”, showcasing the duo’s phenomenal skills in creating something both classic and modern by fusing a tight and driving groove, tension building chords and a bumpy bass hook to great effect. On ”So Special” the brothers goes back to their roots and creates a track that got both the sound and feel of their previous tracks ”Breaking” and ”The Scene”… in other words, another big track from Kyodai.
Only one listen to the crystal clear rapture in the sound of Bodhi shows the funk influenced take on dance music this young duo have to offer. Olly Howells and Luke Welsby started producing together 2 years ago but ever since they kept on capturing the right attention. Therefore it is no surprise that Exploited picked them up to release three uplifting, warm and modern dance tracks. With this release on Exploited they only keep on broadening their musical universe proving their talent once again.
ClickClickDecker’s new release was mixed and recorded in studios, flats and other suspicious places between Berlin and Hamburg. It’s going to be released on Audiolith from Hamburg.
One bright collective of musicians and one skillful recording engineer. One shared week in isolation, Gut Sonnenhausen – an idyll at the foot of the Alps. Ideas, conversations, experiments, wine and music. The outcome is an album full of colored life.
Egokind & Ozean’s album “Transition” combines modern sounding club tracks, interludes which are based on improvisation and composition and mesmerizing downbeat trax.
“The recording of Movin’ On was revolutionary for the Zambian band WITCH. The band went down south from Zambia to participate in the independence celebrations of Zimbabwe in 1980. We were meant to be curtain raisers for Bob Marley & the Wailers but they didn’t make it to Harare. We had delayed our journey for security reasons. Freedom fighters were still at large and still out in the bush and on roads. When we finally arrived the next day we performed in Barbourfiels stadium in Bulawayo. It was renown to be a ‘whites only’ stadium. We were the first black african band to ever step foot, let alone play there to a multi-racial audience for the first time in the history Southern Rhodesia becoming Zimbabwe.
After the celebrations the band camped in Harare for 9 months and toured extensively around Zimbabwe. The band rented two houses in some affluent areas town and embarked on project to record Movin’ On. Zambian bands lost fans attending live gigs in preference disco houses that had sprang up all over the country. We had to match the competition. We rehearsed extensively and crafted songs to feature on album Movin’ On. The whole band got involved in arranging and creating parts for all the songs. I remember helping out with the lyrics and melody lines for parts of title track Movin’ On. All the music was arranged and I spend first eight hours recording rhythm tracks playing piano parts with the drummer, Peter Lungu. It wasn’t digital in those days so you had to play every single note and if you made a mistake you had to start from scratch again, avhighly professional approach. Every note was arranged and performed by real musicians no gimmicks of loops or samples. It was a pure production by some of the finest musicians Zambia could produce. The biggest challenge for me was playing synthesizers for the first time. All disco music was hinged on keyboards playing a prominent part. I had to play string parts and orchestrate with brass parts, electric piano, acoustic piano, synth bass lines….you name it. I played it with band members nagging me to death to perform miracles….anyway it paid off. It was stressful and it was very hard work!!!
When the album was aired on Radio Zambia one Friday evening, the Zambian fans went crazy and could not believe the transformation and quality of the recordings. There was commotion in the town centre the next morning as queues formed at record stores hoping to buy this album which had not been released.
After the album we were able to perform music at the same standard as the disco houses. So we started getting contracts to work with disco clubs and performed one hour slots of ‘live’ music and we were paid a premium.
The rest is history…..”
by Patrick Mwondela
For the past nine years, Fenou is a sub-division of the renowned Mo`s Ferry Productions and is the epitome of a sophisticated taste somewhere between harmonious Electronica sound and swinging Minimal-Electro. Now, “Fenou Bouquet Vol. 3” compiled by Douglas Greed appears as another exciting showcase on the small but nice Fenou-Rooster and show some new artists who have found their way there! “Fenou Bouquet Vol. 3” is compiled by none other than Douglas Greed. The Compilation shows an eclectic track selection and a wide-ranging overview of new developments and upcoming releases.