Gato Preto —
Tempo ... LP Unique (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
A mix of beats and bass, electro and African percussion and rhythms from duo Gato Treto – producer and beatmaker Lee Bass and vocalist Gato Misteriosa – delivering a seamless set of Afro-futurist dancefloor club grooves and tough, yet seductive vocals! Gato Preto claim Mozimbique, Portugal and Ghana as hometowns, which gives you pretty good idea of the broad sonic palette here – with a edgy club sounds at the core, but a lot of diverse global sounds in the mix – from future funk, to soul and clubby hip hop, to Afro-steeped sounds. Includes "Mocambique", "Dia D", "Tempo", "Pirao", "Puxa" feat Bizt, "Pe Na Roda", Diamondog, "Barulho" feat Edu K, "Take A Stand" feat Crooked Bois + Iche and "Televisao". LP, Vinyl record album
(Please note that the LP sleeve has a slight split seam.)
A record with a sound to match its evocative title – maybe the most heady work to date from Hidden Orchestra – and that's saying a lot, given the depth of their other releases! These guys definitely take the "orchestra" in their name seriously – and while the lineup is maybe around a dozen musicians, not a hundred, the sound is very complex, and made up of a shifting array of musical elements – including piano, percussion, guitar, and lots more from leader Joe Acheson – who also uses field recordings and other sonic elements alongside the group's subtle blend of woodwinds, trumpet, and bits of strings. The latter are used very sparingly – so that most of the textures have a more organic sort of quality – and although there are lyrics, the overall sound is the most important thing – almost a 21st Century underground updating of older British lyrical landscape composition – but much hipper overall. Titles include "Long Orchard", "Wingbeats", "East London Street", "Stone", "Serpentine", and "Western Isles". LP, Vinyl record album
The first installment in a series that we hope to hear from often in years to come – as it offers up new remixes of older African funk tracks from the 70s – but all in a way that crackles with the best contemporary energy of the London scene! Most of the material was issued in the original form by other album projects from the Africa Seven label – but the cuts here are completely changed up, and their original rhythms expanded in ways that really show a 21st Century level of complexity – and there's also a bit of added instrumentation too. The sound is excellent – almost a post-4Hero take on Afro Funk – and titles include "Soul Castle (Silkie edit over dub)" by Ekambi Brillant, "Jokenge (IG Culture edit)" by Afro National, "Zinabu (Moody Boyz edit refix)" by Bunzu Soundz, "Bgkouala Niklouala (Redpine & Solo edit over dub)" by Bozambo, "Les Cavaliers (Plaid edit over dub)" by Manu Dibango, "Rhythm On Rhythm (DJ Food chop-up)" by Sookie, "Nnom Mot (Ry9n & Knid edit over dub)" by Douglas Mbida, and "Nani Nani (Appelblim edit over dub)" by Sorry Bamba. (Global Grooves, New Grooves)LP, Vinyl record album