A result of the flowering links between Ugandan music and the UK, the début record by Kampala’s Mubashira Mataali Group showcases an hypnotic style of mataali drum music on Blip Discs.
Four tracks of rolling rhythmelody feature the captivating vocals of musician/filmstar Sulaiman Sulait against backing vocal harmonies, sung and almost rapped in devotion to Islam.
Emaali Ya Bamulekwa (Orphan’s Property) opens their account with a bounce that carries into the percolated patter of Kulika Hijja (Welcome Back From The Holy Pilgrimage), whereas Mutume Nabbi (Prophet Muhammad) holds to a slower, swanging groove with more urgent call-and-response vocals, and, best of all the swingeing Obufumbo Bwa Kati (Today’s Marriage) Pt.1 works out its syncopation hingeing around a tuff bass and entrancing vox.
Listen to it with your body: we’re sure you’ll agree Mubashira Mataali Group’s traction is inexorable.
Super louche and scuffed-up house swang from a cat called MIO MIO on Antony Naples Proibito.
Following on from the boss's 'Body Pill' album and Huerco .'s 'Railroad Blues', MIO MIO keeps the vibe assuredly off-kilter in both cases. The woozy, oriental reed lead and bumpty flow of 'Painted On The Corner' recall both Beatrice Dillon's brilliant 'Face A / B' and Düve's ace 'Blank Slate 005' but with a grittier looseness. 'Floral (Nude)' filters itself out across the B-side, flanging into view as a sort of pygmy micro-house tribalism woven with French-touch chords and disco-looping bass.
It's a reel good'un.
Throbbing, avant-house music by artists Sabisha Friedberg and Tyler Wilcox, aka Golden Mean for the purposes of their debut 12”, Resonance with Detroit’s Fit Sound.
A blend of droll spoken word and absorbing, pulsating subbass, Resonance is prepped in three mixes; the dry darkroom pound of the original Resonance and an unprocessed A Capella room recording of Sabisha’s stark vocal, plus a Resonance (Toxic Mix) where the elements have much more room to move, in the process recalling Jay Ahern’s slunkiest Cheap & Deep Productions.
Rhythm Section’s new pick-up comes lean and limber with his debut electro-jazz flight, Verte
Sweetly gliding from what sounds like Dego jamming with E.R.P. in the choral percolation and nimble drum programming of Aquitaine (606 Lake Mix), to air-walking cumbia triplets in Surface and hip-dipping electromanctics in Marco’s Mango, before bringing that West London flavour via South London in Untiled (Breaks) and a sublime twist of deep, brukken house in Verte.
Choice. One to watch!
Astonishing and beautiful side of solo piano pieces mixing Satie-esque classical, Ethiopian traditions, jazz and Christian religious music in sweeping arpeggios.
'Spielt Eigene Kompositionen' was originally issued as half of Ethiopiques series Vol. 21. As the daughter of an Ethiopian politician, Tsege Mariam Gebru mostly grew up outside the country, schooled in Switzerland and spent time in Italy during WWII before joining a monastery where she would practise piano several hours a day. Her playing is graceful and refined, with a spiritual warmth and purity. Highly recommended.