Ty Segall and White Fence are become one again, regrooving what was once called ‘Hair’ into what is now ‘Joy’.
"‘Hair’ grew out of a simpler time. If, as the duo indeed affirm on ‘Joy’, rock in 2018 is dead, don’t come around here looking for no burial. Instead, find ‘Joy’ caught up in the commencement of onbeyond rock; music made with the old tools but emitted from a fresh new, single-celled organism. This time, the old one and one make one’ line does not apply. ‘Hair’ had the quality of emulsion - drops of Segall suspended in Fence; a compound of White dispersed over sheets of Ty. With ‘Joy’, Tim and Ty arrive without travelling from the same place, occupy one single headspace, finishing the other’s phrases, pulling licks from each other’s places. Singing and thinking and laughing as one.
Both these fellows have been known to trifle with tropic pasts and reactivate vintage visions within their new music. Not now. Now is the only time this time - ‘Joy’ is their own sound of today, a shared individuality, prisming all possible stances into an unseemly metastasis that flows for 15 tracks."
Super strong 2nd LP on Nouvelle Ambiance, a new reissue label for African music and the diaspora managed by Sofrito’s Hugo Mendez, here focussing on the way Brazzaville, Kinshasa, Abidjan, and Douala musically informed Paris during the ‘80s. Eminently danceable and packed with never-before-reissued Rumba, Soukous, Boogie, Bikutsi. Don’t sleep!
“In the early 80s a perfect storm of social, technological, political and cultural developments brought about a unique music scene centred around Paris, away from the major labels and pop charts. Musicians, ideas and styles flew between the small independent studios and labels of the French capital and Francophone Africa and the Caribbean, experimenting with new technology and drawing in a dizzying array of influences to soundtrack clubs, bars and radio stations.
Release comes with 28 page magazine format booklet featuring previsouly unpublished photos from the archives of photographer Bill Akwa Bétotè as well as interviews with producers Cyriaque Bassoka and Rigo Makengo, musicians Michel Alibo, Denis Hekimian & John Jongos and Studio Caroline owner Jacky Reggan.”
The Kelly twins’ Happy Skull play host to Roman siblings and IDM producers Fabrizio and Marco D’Arcangelo for only their 2nd outing since Rephlex did a houdini.
Hailing from the same Roman skool of ‘90s electronic music as Leo Anibaldi and Marco Passarani, the D’Arcangelo brothers were always Italy’s closest answer to AFX, blessed with an urge for melodic and rhythmic intricacy that set their work apart.
On Saba Tree they pick up where they left off, dispensing the near-baroque acid-electro elegancy of the title cut, then the curdling Braindance harmonics of Pull Seven, before whipping out the EP’s big highlight in AC - SF13 - 2 Cid - 13th Cider, which reads like a Cornishman’s weekend drugs shopping list, and sounds like a stray Analord production, leaving them to clock out on the downtempo tilt of Korty.