This release was sent to me some time back by Center of the Universe, must have been close to 2 years ago and I just discovered that I never gave it any blog love, great music never dates and this deserves some shine, even if it’s belated.
You may have heard a couple of these tracks before if you’ve checked out my Arabtronix mixtapes.
This is Transnational Skweee much in the vein of our most recent Center of the Universe release “Never Mind the Boreks”.
Ya Tosiba is a Berlin-based duo producing bass-heavy riddims with energetic female vocals. On the mic we have Zuzu Zakaria, the versatile singer who uses mainly found, historical lyrics in her mother tongue Azeri. On synths and drum machines we have Mesak. The head of the fantastic Harmönia label has his roots in Finland, he is one of the pioneers of Scandinavian Skweee music.
Azeri for those that don’t know is the mother tongue of Azerbaijanis or Azeris, also known as Azerbaijani Turks – a Turkic ethnic group living mainly in Iranian Azerbaijan and the independent Republic of Azerbaijan.
There’s a bunch of remixes too and here’s what the label said about these:
Ya Tosiba are a Berlin based band connecting raw, funky syn- thetic rhythms with female vocals. Mesak is one of the pioneers of the scandinavian music genre called Skweee. The energy of his beats fits perfectly to Zuzu’s vocals in her mother tongue Azeri.
In summer 2014, Ya Tosiba have released the single “Mollah The Machine” on Pingipung which quickly sold out. Today Pin- gipung present three remixes of German artists, two of which are also released on a 7inch vinyl.
RSS Disco remix Maşin by Ya Tosiba. The DJ and producer trio from Hamburg focus on the bassline and make the synth pads shimmer. The original Ya Tosiba song is about the sudden appearance of cars in the streets of Baku in the 80s. It’s a more than perfect cruising track now!
Patric Catani aka Candie Hank mixes a hilarious, bouncing version of Molla, paying tribute to Zuzu’s funky meykhana vo- cals. This remix perfectly captures the hilarious, crazy qualities of the original and turns them into something huge.
Schlammpeitziger, the Cologne based veteran of electronica, finally adds his melodic genius to the same track, Molla. As shown on his album “What’s Fruit” on Pingipung in autumn 2014, he is never tired of adding just one more harmony or note to his disco production. The result is as always very charming and unexpectedly danceable.