Tropikal Camel – Black Panther

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Great new release here on Tunisian label Shouka by Tropikal Camel aka Rocky B aka one half of Neft.

Really interesting concept behind this release too:

“Black Panther” is a journey into the Kurdish tribal music, the name of the track is by the Israeli Black panther group that was active in the 1970’s fighting for equality of Arab Jews in Israel.”

The single also features a remix by the other half of Neft, Guvibosch.

Both versions are pretty dark, brooding and explosive much like the political concept behind it!  Brilliant release!

The album will be released in 8th of may, digital and limited cassette edition.

bblos : The New Wave of Ecuador

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This here, right now, is the start of the New Wave of Ecuador!

Just listen to these tunes to catch a glimpse of that country’s future!

This dude is just damn hot, beautiful, minimalistic, feel good melodies interspersed with imaginative arrangements and creative production!

Watch out, Ecuador is Calling!!!!

There are loads of freebies you can grab from his soundcloud, I suggest you do before a big label comes whooshing in to sign him up.

AZAR SWAN : REMIXES & NEW VIDEO

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One of the only rock bands that really matters in the scene atm return after their second album in 2014, the glorious Darkwave outing “And Blow Us A Kiss” with a bunch of remixes from the same release and a new video.

We’ve said time and time again, in Zohra Atash, they have one of the most remarkable voices in the entire history of rock music and it is that voice that really captures your heart and attention!

For the remixes they have turned to 3 producers, Vatican Shadow, Cut Hands and Auditor.

You can stream the Vatican Shadow and Cut Hands tracks via FACT!

The Vatican Shadow remix of “We Hunger” fades in building up the anticipation for something pretty great but instead it chugs along in quite repetitive mode for an epic 9 minutes without really going anywhere and ending up sounding like a very lengthy intro to nowhere.  On the plus side, he retains the eerie atmospherics of the original track and some of the vocals but not really enough of the vocal to keep you interested.  I think this could have been great in edited form but it just goes on for far to long with no real purpose or aim.

Turning now to Cut Hands, someone who we’ve had many a debate about in the Politics of Music group on FB.  Most of that debate has centred around whether this dude just loves to court controversy or whether he is an out-and-out racist.  Fact that he says he is not racist doesn’t mean anything really.  To quote a good friend of mine Leo Zhao:

“I’m sure William Bennet has mostly real appreciation for African cultures, but to be a member of a former colonial society which was built on blood-money, and which punished Africans by cutting their hands off, to call your faux-African music project “Cut Hands” is extremely problematic.”

You can go deeper into this by reading a great blog post by Zhao:

“Cut Hands: Between Silence and Violence”.

This aside, he turns in a pretty great remix “For Last & Forever”.  This one is really rocking with awesome percussion and a thumping Techno beat and he manages to retain more of that awesome Atash vocal than the aforementioned remix and makes excellent use of the background vocals and whispers too.  Now, this one could have gone on for over 10 minutes and I would probably still want more!

Next up is Auditor whose remix of “Hush” was today premiered at Noisey!  Go there to check out the forthcoming Azar Swan Tour dates!

This one is a pretty haunting, gothic, dreamy, Eno-esque DroneFest with lots of props going to Dead Can Dance for the vocal atmospherics with shades of Trio Bulgarka thrown in for good measure.

All the remixes are from the “Variations 12″ due out on May 19 via Handmade Birds.. The Auditor one will drop for free with a pre-order from Thrill Jockey webstore. Plus there will be an additional free download of an older track from the debut album called “In My Mouth” which was remixed by Drew McDowall.  The Drew McDowall one is probably my personal favourite of all 4.

We ain’t finished yet though because on top of all of this, there’s the great new video of the original version of “Hush” which was today premiered at Rookie. There’s also a great interview that Zohra did with them that you ought to go there to check out.

If that still doesn’t quench your thirst for Azar Swan, you could always go back and have a look at Zohra’s Top 15 for Generation Bass!

Techno Arabe Volume 1

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Techno Arabe is a dark, dystopian Techno journey into the heart of the Middle East.

Whereas, Arabtronix is about Bass & Electronic sounds incorporating Middle Eastern elements and Arabtek is more about House, Tech House, Minimal, Techno, Electronic and a variety of other Middle Eastern sounding stuff, Techno Arabe is what it says on the tin. Heavy Techno influenced dance music with tinges of Middle Eastern sounds.

It’s a journey and it’s the kind of stuff you could play at a “rave” (preferably outdoor) anywhere in the world in front of an audience who appreciate dark, industrial sounding dance music.  It’s sure to get a crowd rocking hard.  That’s about all I’m gonna say about it!

As usual, recorded live on CDJ’s with manual mixing and with no pre or post production work. Basically, a live DJ mix, like all my mixes are!

Download now:

Techno Arabe Volume 1 [April 2015] by Dj Umb on Mixcloud

Ѻuttallɐctuals : Dhawa Sunrise Album [Nepal Fundraiser]

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Excellent compilation release for a great cause too.

Here’s what it’s about:

Dhawa Sunrise’ is an exclusive compilation based around the Outtallectuals themes of future-thinking and/or ethnic inspired texture-heavy music. The aim of the album will be to fund the provision of equipment for a Science Lab at the Shree Prabhat Higher Secondary School in Dhawa, Gorkha, Nepal.

Dhawa is a rural village in Nepal which lies deep in the hills of Gorkha district of Nepal. The small village which houses around 5000 people has 3 schools for different academic levels. There are a total of 445 students in the Shree Prabhat Higher Secondary School.

We have gathered the required material and their cost, and using funds from this album, we will use the most economically feasible sources to buy the equipment. The funds will go straight to the equipment (no label / execution cost) and they will be taken to the village.

Cover artist: SadhuX – One of the pioneers of graffiti in Nepal.

PRINCE : PEACH & BLACK PODCAST

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I’m quite a Prince obsessive, indeed he is possibly my favourite artist of all time, that’s how much I love and rate his material. Albeit, for me most of his genius work occurred in the 1980’s. The legacy of that decade however continues to live on up until today. I still find it difficult to find material that can touch his output of work during the 80’s.

In brief, I have covered what that decade meant to me in previous posts and so I won’t labor on that again.  You can read it for yourself:

Slowsexy 1

Slowsexy 2

Funksexy

Rocksexy

Art official Age & Plectrum Electrum

Although, I’m a Prince obsessive, it’s not to the degree where I see him as some kind of God or worship at his altar or read into his private life and all that stuff.  In fact I’m not like that about anybody.  I’ve always listened to his music and enjoyed the journey of the album and placed myself in his world as a passenger without really trying to figure out his world or what it all means.  I’ve just lost myself in his music and that was really enough for me.

However, I chanced upon this great Peach & Black Podcast series about a week ago and man it’s addictive.  I can’t stop listening to the various episodes, obviously starting with my favourite albums and working my way around shows about other stuff.

It’s a Podcast series that was started 6 years ago by a bunch of fellow Prince obsessives based in Australia.  Here’s what they say about themselves:

Founded 2009 in Australia, the Peach & Black Podcast reviews the work of Prince and associated artists. Check out all our episodes at http://peachandblack.podbean.com/

The central place to listen to critical analysis and opinions on Prince music

from

MC Slomo
ToeJam
Captain
&
Playa

The Peach & Black Podcast is a non-profit digital media broadcast and is in no way affiliated with, in no way have any connection with, and are in no way endorsed or sponsored by Prince or any affiliated companies, or any other business interests Prince may hold, including any related sites currently owned by Prince. All views expressed are those of the podcast members and do not represent the views of Prince or those associated to Prince and / or affiliates in any way.

Don’t worry, we won’t hurt you….we only want you to have some fun….

I mean these dudes really know their shit, really!  I have found these Podcasts informative, educational, funny (tip O’ hat 2 “Captain” who is hilarious) and highly entertaining.  I’d go as far as to say, these Podcasts are the best things I’ve ever heard about Prince, ever!  These 4 guys really put a lot of work into these Podcasts and they’re always on point.  They completely understand Prince material and shed even greater and new light on it.  They’re very honest and critical about his work and they say it as it is and keep it 100% real.

If you’re into Prince or want to find out more about him, this is probably the best place to start to try to make sense of what his music is all about.

It is fascinating to hear them talk about each track on each album, floods of nostalgia come running back and you hear things about tracks that you share with them but which you always thought only you thought about that particular track. Then you learn a bunch of new mind-blowing stuff that had passed you by and which you never before picked up on. It is really magical listening to these Podcasts and more people should know about them worldwide.  This is the best place to go to hear about Prince related material bar none.

Here’s a few to get you started and a big thank you to the guys at the Podcast for their unwavering committment and dedication for all things Prince!  Long may it continue!