Werkha – Foolin’ Self (Feat. Berry Blacc)

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Taken from the “For All Hands EP”, the latest offering from producer and multi-instrumentalist Werkha. Comprising four dark and disquiet tracks with an experimental groove. Criticising corrupt systems, the “For All Hands EP” works towards giving something back to the people; to all the hands that run the machine that is our society. The irresistible funk of “Foolin’ Self feat.

Berry Blacc” is the fantastic product of the first collaboration between Werkha and Manchester vocalist/producer Berry Blacc.

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A track created on pure instinct, it’s impossible to ignore the energy and sheer enjoyment gained from these two teaming up; “to have the opportunity to work with and witness Berry Blacc’s development as an artist has been a privilege already”. Berry Blacc’s cleverly crafted vocals are raw and spontaneous alongside Werkha’s transformative electronic beats; teaming up as an unstoppable driving force.

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Sudan Archives – Come Meh Way

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EXCELLENT artist Sudan Archives is back with Come Meh Way :

Violinist and vocalist, Sudan Archives writes, plays, and produces her own music. Drawing inspiration from Sudanese fiddlers, she is self-taught on the violin, and her unique songs also fold in elements of R&B, and experimental electronic music.

Sudan Archives grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she “messed around with instruments in the house” and took up violin in the fourth grade, eventually teaching herself how to play the instrument by ear. When she discovered the violin playing style of Northeast Africa, her eyes opened to the possibilities of the instrument. “The way they played it was different from classical music. I resonated with the style, and I was like, ‘Maybe I can use this style with electronic music,'” she says.
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This fusing of folk music and electronic production was the turning point for Sudan. “I started mixing my violin into beats,” she says, “It wasn’t complicated — I’d just sing straight into the iPad.” She honed her at-home style after moving to Los Angeles aged 19 to study music technology, and after a chance encounter at a Low End Theory party with Stones Throw A&R and Leaving Records owner Matthewdavid, she signed with Stones Throw. At the very start of her musical career, she’s already won plaudits from the likes of the New York Times and Pitchfork, and played live at experimental festival Moogfest.

Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics – Buje Buje (2014)

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Brand new album coming out Septembre 8th from Orlando Julius ! You might not know him but he started his career in the 60’s by playing with Lamont Dozier, Hugh Masekela, The Crusaders, made a great Solo album called Super Afro Soul. He had a nice career in Nigeria (solo albums, collaborations …)  but has been worldwide know thanks to Strut Records who reissued Super Afro Soul in 2000.

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Strut is about to release this brand new album in September “Jaiyede Afro” with his band, The Heliocentrics. On Jaiyede Afro, Julius takes us back to his roots, revisiting several compositions from his early years which have never previously been recorded.

Here is what Orlando Julius said about Buje Buje, the first track from Jaiyede Afro:

“My parents used to tell us stories, folk tales and there were a lot of different stories involving tortoises – they often made tortoises sound like human beings. There was one about a tortoise who had a farm and I always thought, ‘how could a tortoise have a farm?!’ This tortoise is working on his farm and a pretty lady is passing by. So, he cuts his foot with his cutlass and pretends that he is injured so that he can get her attention. The lady comes over and tries to help him and he says, ‘I can’t work with this cut. Could I climb on your back to go to get help?’ She agrees, he climbs on her back and she starts to walk. He says, ‘I’m too far up, could you push me further down your back?’ Finally, the lady realises that he is up to no good, she is very unhappy and tells him to find his own way. Once she has left, the tortoise continues to play this trick on other women.

“I made the story into a song and brought human nature into it — good people and bad people. The song teaches us not to copy something that is bad, fake or deceptive.”

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Buje Buje :