Anoushka's a duo, as you might have guessed from the image on the cover – and a great one at that, with these sublime spacey soul vocals from Victoria Port, mixed with her own keyboards and more beats and keys from Max Wheeler! The music's got a lean quality, but also soars with a cosmic sense of soul – just the right sort of vibe to ensure the group's placement on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Records – with a groundbreaking 21st Century Soul feel throughout! Victoria's got a style that's charming, but never cloying – and which will hook you in right away – and titles include "I Have Love 4 You", "Impatient", "Never Can Decide", "Atom Bombs", "Echo", "Kisses", "Broken Circuit", and "Fire To Me". CD
Owiny Sigoma Band —
Nyanza ... CD Brownswood (UK), 2015. New Copy ...
Maybe the greatest record so far from this ultra-hip group – a set recorded both in Kenya and London, and with a sound that really reflects that continental span! The style here is nicely trippy at many points – almost inspired by 70s Zamrock and other offbeat African psych scenes – but also delivered with a few contemporary touches that belie the record's presence on the Brownswood label – that 21st Century re-percolation of classic elements we've come to expect from Brownswood, in this case served up through a reworking of older percussion and instrumentation, and contemporary electronics, rhythms, and keyboards. Vocals move from timeless to future-styled – and titles include "Nairobi Too Hot", "Deep Kisumu Fish", "Tech 9", "Jah Mic", "Changaa Attack", and "I Made You/You Made Me". CD
A wonderful second chapter to Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project – one that takes all the cool contemporary cuts, and offers them up in hip remixed versions! As usual with a Peterson set like this, the remixes are often quite respectful – specially commissioned from contemporary heavyweights who Gilles has supported for years – turning their talents here to some really great Latin numbers recorded recently in Havana! All the cross-cultural influences of the originals are still nicely in place – and in fact, perhaps brought out even further, given the input from London, New York, and other global ports as part of the remixes. CD1 features the remixes – "Checkere Son (Seiji rerub)", "Miami (Edgardo El Productor En Jefe Tropicalia rmx)", "Roforofo Fight (Louie Vega's EOL mix)", "Arroz Con Pollo (Carl Cox mix)", "Afrodisia (Rainer Truby rmx)", "Think Twice (4Hero rmx)", "and La Revolucion Del Cuerpo (Skinner's Owiney Sigoma mix)". CD 2 features a special Gilles Peterson mix of all the remixes – like having a whole other album as well! CD
A great mix of Cuban music and diversely danceable, percussive sounds from around the globe – on this excellent entry in the Brownswood label's and producer/tastemaker Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura series! It's amazing stuff, and about as seamless a blend of styles as can be, while still being able to describe it as Soundclash – often with Cuban vocals, percussion and rhythms, with either subtle or fairly bold electronics, depending on the track – contributed by artists from Chile, UK, Germany, Hungary, Holland, South Africa and beyond. Includes "Ellegua" by Kerkstra feat Sexto Sentido, "Para Ti" by Rukaiya Russell feat Sexto Sentido, "Yemaya" by Chillum Trio feat Coki & Reni, "Ritmo Sensorial" by Rukaiya Russell feat Los Niches & Charly Mucha Rima, "Soy Cubano" by Kerkstra feat Etian Brebaje Man & Sexto Sentido, "Volar En Lo Profundo: by DJ Monokey feat Barbaro and more. CD