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Sikka Rymes ~ Love Di People EP

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“Incarcerated deejay touts Sikka Rymes as next big thing in dancehall” say the Jamaica Star headlines; referencing Vybz Kartel and Sikka’s cousin Shawn Storm, all of Portmore’s Gaza Nation dancehall royalty……….. 
Sikka’s first solid gold release after strings of strictly Vevo hits (‘Life of the Party’, ‘Nuh Change’) lie between his previous hook up with producer Genesis Hull (on Duppy’s 2016 Fresh Clipp’d). Genesis’ prods are pure widescreeen sub-tension and speed – now of Mexico City, he carries Sikka’s flow into gleaming new future chrome jobs of the dancehall chassie, the madness of 00s dancehall returns for global review. In This Time Of Many Dancehall Think-pieces: Live Long And Grow Strong. The weight of two year’s of Drive demos caused Miro Tape to spontaneously burst into the world on Bokeh last year, we told you it was just a mixtape – Love Di People is the first wax seal on the Bokeh x Duppy Gun relationship, and not the last one of 2019. Founded by Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras, Duppy Gun pairs under-cover West Coast producers with Jamaican vocalists like G Sudden, Early One & others from their island HQs in Portmore & Spanish Town.”

© Duppy Gun

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Kouta Katsutaro ~ s/t

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Early 1930s ryūkōka recordings from Japanese geisha Kouta Katsutaro. 

“Emerging during the early stages of the recording industry in Japan, the ryūkōka style adopted some western classical, blues & jazz elements into traditional Min’yō folk music. Kouta Katsutaro would become one of it’s most popular proponents, and along with another popular geisha singer, Ichimaru, forms the basis of a period dubbed the “Katsu-Ichi Era”.”

© Death Is Not The End

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Angel Bat Dawid ~ The Oracle

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“Composer, clarinetist, singer & spiritual jazz soothsayer Angel Bat Dawid descended on Chicago’s jazz & improvised music scene just a few years ago. In very short time, the potency, prowess, spirit & charisma of her cosmic musical proselytizing has taken her from relatively unknown improviser to borderline ubiquitous performer in Chicago’s avant-garde. On any given night you can find Angel adding aura to ensembles led by Ben LaMar Gay, or Damon Locks, or Jaimie Branch, or Matthew Lux, or even, on a Summer night in 2018, onstage doing a woodwind duo with Roscoe Mitchell. For her recorded debut on International Anthem, The Oracle, we’ve chosen to release a batch of tracks that Angel created entirely alone – performing, overdubbing & mixing all instruments & voices by her self – recorded using only her cell phone in various locations, from London UK to Cape Town RSA, but primarily from her residency in the attic of the historic Radcliffe Hunter mansion in Bronzeville, Southside, Chicago.”

© International Anthem

All instruments & voices by Angel Bat Dawid
except drums on “Cape Town” by Asher Simiso Gamedze.

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Held ~ 8​.​20

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“DISPLAYSOL002 comes courtesy of Held, the latest project to emerge from Kid Smpl’s ever-expanding universe. 8.20 is organized into four quadrants, a slowly growing field of sound constantly riffing on natural and digital ecologies. 
Built on a language of dissonant euphoria, the first half of the release, titled “Click Anatomy”, skews between legibility and anguished melancholy with ghostly visages entering the fray and leaving just as quickly. “The Hatch” and “First Collab + Fanuc Drum Solo” build out 8.20’s second half with Held exploring deeper ecstatic veins and insectile internal rhythms. 
As an introductory statement, 8.20 strays away from the solid for a more fluid approach, enmeshing countless fibrous layers into its structure.”

© DISPLAY

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Ann O’Aro ~ Ann O’Aro

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“Ann O’aro aime tout ce qui touche au mouvement du corps, des rythmes et de la voix : « Je viens des arts martiaux et de la musique, avant de choisir le maloya pour chanter sur des sujets intimes et tabous ». Son écriture sauvage s’imprègne des langages accidentés ou des tics langagiers : une fulmination poétique branchée sur les tabous insulaires et les émotions fortes, la violence sexuelle, l’inceste et la passion amoureuse. Comme dans Kap Kap, une de ses chansons écrite dans le créole de la Réunion, son île natale. Un fonnkér cru et cinglant qui décrit l’étreinte d’un père incestueux, qui embrasse la folie et la violence d’une pulsion criminelle dans toute sa banale sauvagerie : « Amoin, marmay, bonom, lo lou, tousala ansanm, mi mor pour rash aou in kri, kan mêm sa pal amour / Moi l’enfant, l’homme, le loup, tout à la fois, je meurs de t’arracher un cri, à coup de griffes, à coup de queue, même si ce n’est pas un cri d’amour ». Et le chant d’Ann jaillit. Un chant qui plonge dans la réalité et n’a pas peur des ombres. « Ann O’aro », premier album éponyme (Produit par Philippe Conrath).”

© Cobalt / BUDA Musique

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Streifenjunko ~ Like Driving

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“Streifenjunko has taken a shift towards electronic sounds. Their previous albums “No Longer Burning” (SOFA 2009) and “Sval Torv” (SOFA 2012) was remarkable in the magnificent sound achieved only with a saxophone and trumpet. With the seemingly endless possibilities of electronic instruments their strategy of finding simple tasks has been put to the test, and in the making of this album Streifenjunko was put back to the starting position to re-discover their focus and recognisable simplicity. The result is music with sharp edges and sudden changes, crude starting and stopping. The engine of the music is the interlocking of slow moving streams. Some of the electronics are self generating for Espen and Eivind to follow, and the different sounds and layers are multiplexed using starting and stopping signals. To play is simply to follow the signals, like driving.”

© SOFA

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