Founded in 2002 by English DJ and producer Miles Cleret, Soundway Records now presents two rare, Parang dancefloor cuts from early 1980s Trinidad & Tobago. Parang is a style of folk music that originated from Venezuelan and Colombian immigrants that came to the Caribbean, and evolved to include elements of Latin music, disco and soca – as is evident in this release. Although traditionally used to be played during the festive season in Trinidad & Tobago, parang music continues to heat up dancefloors all year round.
Uwalmassa provides an alternative study on Javanese gamelan compositions, experimenting with known and unknown structures. The new 12″ ‘Bumi Uthiri’ EP collects together tracks ‘Untitled 01’ and ‘Untitled 02’ (both first released as digital-only in September 2016) plus three new compositions. All tracks recorded live using a single condenser mic and then assembled using digital signal processing and audio manipulation. The EP is part of a sonic exploration project initiated by DIVISI62 – a sound and visual arts label based in Jakarta, Indonesia which examines the Indonesian identity issue within a global context.
Jon Hassell is an American trumpet player and composer, who has been active since the 1960s and who first collaborated with Burkina Faso group Farafina in 1987. From the reissued and remastered ‘Fourth World’ album from 1988, co-produced with the legendary studio team of Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois. Available via Tak:Til/Glitterbeat Records.
Tahira is a Brazilian with a 20 year career as a DJ, music producer and vinyl digger, as well as being the founder of his own Netlabel EBS Diggin (which promotes contemporary sounds taken from the Brazilian underground music scene). But this tropical reworking was released on London-based Wah Wah 45s label.
Penya are 4 piece percussion driven electronic quartet led by producer and multi-instrumentalist Magnus PI (previous #SOTD here: Why So Angry (Edit)). And Msafiri Zawose is a prominent contemporary Gogo musicians, a style music which relies heavily on the zeze and ilimba in combination with distinct lyrical harmonies. Another great release for On The Corner Records.
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!
Bonobo is Simon Green, the Brighton (UK) musician, producer and DJ now based in Los Angeles. This track sees Bonobo team up with Innov Gnawa, a traditional Moroccan Gnawa music band based in New York City and fronted by Gnawa musician Mâallem Hassan Ben Jaâfer. Taken from Bonobo’s sixth album “Migration”, released on Ninja Tune back in 2017. Previous Bonobo #SOTDs are: Ibrik and: Kiasmos – Blurred (Bonobo Remix).