Mdou Moctar’s previous #SOTD Wiwasharnine was one of my favourite songs of 2019. I just love his unconventional reinterpretation of the Tuareg guitar and Saharan music. Mdou Moctar’s recent releases have been on Sahel SoundsRecords, but this 2012 track comes from a ‘Mdou Moctar Covers EP’ released by BRAINSTORM. This EP featured two reinterpreations of Mdou Moctar’s music by BRAINSTORM, as well as two Mdou Moctar’s covers by Mdou Moctar.
Manos Tsangaris is a German composer, drummer and visual artist, born 1956 in Düsseldorf. And after 30 years, the Nonplace label re-released Tsangaris’ maxi single “Elephant’s Easy Moonwalk Through The Night”, together with a new B side, created especially for this purpose in 2017.
Back in May 2018, French DJ Captain XXI released a compilation rare 70’s music; the result of a long work of crate-digging. This track is by Eugen Thomass, a German composer and arranger, primarily of soundtracks and library music. The ‘Hunt Down’ compilation is available on as a limited edition cassette with hand-drawn variant tape.
From St. Petersburg, Russia, Georgy Kotunov (AKA Long Arm) cites influences such as Bonobo, Amon Tobin, and Dimlite (all previous #SOTDs). Georgy’s latest album ‘Silent Opera’ is “an attempt to describe the states of the human soul. The state of rising and fall, of despair and hope, of humility and expectation of a miracle. The search for peace inside against the background of flowering life around and elusive time”. Out on the Berlin-based label Project Mooncircle, with album artwork by William Barras.
Out on EM Records (based in Japan), Juu, G. Jee and Chinza DOPENESS update the 1960-70s popular Thai ‘Luk Thung’ genre with 21st Century hip hop and trap, drum machines and samples. Fresh and exciting! The ‘New Luk Thung’ album is available via Spotify and Bandcamp.
KOKOKO! is a collective born in Kinshasa capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, consisting of musical instrument inventors from the Ngwaka neighbourhood, electronic producer débruit, Makara Bianko (aka the Lingwala devil) and his dancers from the Lingwala neighbourhood. Their previous single Azo Toke has been a previous #SOTD (30 Nov 2018). Taken from the debut album ‘Fongola’, forthcoming on Transgressive Records.