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
Sublime soulful sounds from Diggs Duke – one of the freshest artists we've heard in years – and one of the few who really live up to the cosmic promise of the Brownswood label! Duke's got this way of singing, speaking, and playing Fender Rhodes with a really righteous sort of vibe – almost a modern day Weldon Irvine, but with an ear for heavier beats as well – and able to do more in this short EP than most artists can do in a full album! Titles include "The Pinnacle", "Secrets Seem Rehearsed", "Covered In Cloth", "Our Love Was Brand New", and "A Private Island". Why isn't this guy huge? LP, Vinyl record album
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