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Ngunga Yeti FofaFor all intents and purposes, Karl Hector might as well be another nom-de-plume of Jay Whitefield (producer and guitarist for the Poets of Rhythm and the Whitefield Brothers) who, along with Thomas Myland and Zdenko Curlija, founded Karl Hector and The Malcouns in the early 2000s. Alongside Bo Baral, other members of the Poets of Rhythm and crack Munich-based session musicians, Whitefield, Myland and Curlija crafted nearly twenty tracks for their debut, Sahara Swing, an album that swung with influences from across the African diaspora.
The trio are releasing a series of vinyl-only EPs - of which Ngunga Yeti Fofa is the second - that will culminate in their second album. Ngunga Yeti Fofa's five songs demonstrate The Malcouns' deft handling of musics from both Eastern and Western Africa
alongside Western psychedelia, jazz and funk; the title track - a swinging horn-lead highlife
jam that would sound perfect next to the Ghanaian classics by the likes of K.Frimpong and Ebo Taylor-is a great representation.1. Samai
2. Transition A
4. Ngunga Yeti Fofa
5. Can't Stand The Pressure$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Prismic TopsIt's been a startling couple of years for instrumental beats of all persuasions: the likes of LA's Brainfeeder crew and Glasgow's LuckyMe collective have developed styles with a scope far beyond creating merely 'instrumental Hip Hop'. Amongst all the hype and promotion, one of the music's reclusive architects seems to have
been mysteriously overlooked.
But Dimlite's production was astounding from the start. His EPs of 2003 and debut album Runbox Weathers two years later revealed a Swiss producer beholden to no one, possessing a style as nuanced as his friend Prefuse 73 and yet enriched by a careworn romanticism and quirkiness that rewarded repeat listens and has,
over time, made him something of a 'producer's producer'.
Another album, singles, remixes and side-projects followed, taking Dimlite's sound further left, further into a singular world where soul music, latin rhythms, Hip Hop and more are reconstituted into dreamy, lovelorn beat constructions. And so he takes his place on Now-Again, home to a cadre of similarly singular spirits such as The Heliocentrics and The Whitefield Brothers, each bent on refracting music history through their own unique lenses.
And while copycat producers abound, Dimlite's uniqueness is only throw into sharper relief. It's clear the moment he sings, such as on EP highlight Elbow Flood or the astonishing (and miniature) closer, Can't Get Used To Those. It's apparent in
every one of his strangely abrupt changes. It's even in his song titles. Perhaps Prismic Tops will be the record that sparks a critical reappraisal of this gifted producer's work. And if not, Now-Again Records is still proud to present this, the latest in a line of remarkable releases from a quiet pioneer.1. Kalimba Deathswamp / Kurt Feelings
2. On The Same Picture w/ Elan Tamara
3. Firevomit (O.D.N.)
4. Sun-Sized Twinkles
5. Elbow Flood
6. Rump Studies
7. Can't Get Used To Those$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Earthology (Out Of Stock)Earthology is the long awaited follow up to The Whitefield Brothers
cult-classic In The Raw. While In The Raws hypnotic, defiantly psychedelic
funk music was grounded in the great musical traditions of both America
and Africa, Earthology finds the Brothers infusing their funk (or, as the
Brothers prefer it, raw soul) with musical traditions that span the globe.
To achieve the Earthologys unique sound, the Brothers employed an array
of instruments and put in a dizzying amount of research: traveling the
world, joining different bands and ethnic performing ensembles, amassing
and absorbing field recordings, trawling used record bins for lost examples
of global psychedelic-fusion, over a period spanning some fifteen years.
Like In The Raw, Earthology is grounded by a raw soul bands building
blocks: drums, guitar, bass, keys and horns, but it is augmented by such
exotic instruments as gongs and flutes from Asia, xylophones and string
instruments from Africa and Central American percussion instruments.
The use of African polyrhythms now seems commonplace on a funk or
psych album; Arabic rhythmical structures, African pentatonic scales and
Oriental modes do not. The Whitefield Brothers, and a multitude of guest
ranging from vocalists Edan, Mr. Lif, Bajka, Percee P and MED to
musicians from Antibalas, El Michels Affair, Quantic and the Dap-Kings, set
these elements in a modern context and, over the course of thirteen dense
tracks, blend them with the fierce funk their fans have grown to love.Side 1
1. Joyful Exaltation feat. Bajka
2. Safari Strut
3. Reverse feat. Percee P and MED
2. Sad Nile
3. The Gift feat. Edan and Mr. Lif
1. Breakin' Through feat. El Michels Affair
2. Sem Yelesh
3. Lullaby For Lagos feat. Quantic
4. Chich$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock