New album out today. Raúl Llerena Vásquez (aka Ranil) is a Peruvian singer, bandleader, record-label entrepreneur. Ranil’s extraordinary output has remained one of the best kept secrets among collectors of cumbia and psychedelic Latin sounds — until now. The new ‘Ranil y su Conjunto Tropical’ album has been assembled by Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb, from original LPs sourced from Ranil himself.
Ahmed El Ghazoly is ZULI (aka Swag Lee), an Egyptian multi-instrumentalist, producer and DJ based in Cairo. ZULI’s previous ‘Terminal’(released Lee Gamble’s London-based UIQ label, and featuring previous #SOTD: Kollu I-Joloud) was one of my favourite 2018 albums. This track comes from ZULI’s new ‘Swag Lee is Dead [RIP]’ release; a collection of Trap instrumental-demos for a mixtape Ahmed was intending to release around January 2019 before his “shit was stolen” and the project files were lost.
sir Was is Swedish. I know nothing more. His new ‘Letter EP’ serves as a post-script to his recent second album ‘Holding On To a Dream’. The new ‘Letter EP’ comes out on British indie-label Memphis Industries on 28 February.
I think there is a connection between Ssaladd and Slugabed (aka Greg Feldwick), but I’m not too sure what. According to Bandcamp, Ssaladd is bassist Harrison, drummer Toby, and Gregory “Fendering The Rhodes”. Perhaps this is Gregory Feldwick? Anyways, the new ‘Ssaladd EP’ has been released on Feldwick’s on London-based Activia Benz label.
Knxwledge is the New Jersey-bred began experimental hip-hop producer Glen Boothe. Taken from Knxwledge’s upcoming album due to release during spring 2020 on Stones Throw. This track contains a sample form 1991 R&B single ‘Just Because I’m Wrong’ by Gerald Levert. Also recommended is Knxwledge’s December 2019 ‘終了していません’ release, also available on Bandcamp.
The name Etran de L’Aïr translates to “the Stars of the Aïr,” the mountainous region of Northern Niger. Every month in 2020, Sahel Sounds are releasing music recorded by Etran de L’Aïr on a mobile phone in Agadez, Niger, then transmitted via WhatsApp to Portland, Oregon. I’m excited!
Debut single of The Newcomer on Astro Nautico, from the forthcoming ‘Inner Being’ (due Summer 2019). The Newcomer is Jonathan Pritchard (former alias Young Montana?). The Newcomer moniker surfaced incognito in early 2017 and I cannot find any more details. Available from Bandcamp.