The debut album from experimental dancehall unit STILL is out now on PAN. Milan artist and project leader Simone Trabucchi has previously released on a number of labels, including his own Hundebiss Records. Featuring six Milan-based African-Italian vocalists, the new album I is one of the most original and striking releases we've heard all year.
Trabucchi adopted the STILL moniker following the unearthing of the histories that connect his hometown of Vernasca to Ethiopia and Jamaica, previously explored in a visual arts series that culminated in a documentary screened at Unsound 2016. The series revolves around Italy's colonial past and a cleansing counter-ritual performed by Lee "Scratch" Perry in the Vernasca square where an effigy of Haile Selassie I had been burned 80 years earlier.
Trabucchi has kindly put together this Influences playlist for us, so from Lee Perry and Black Uhuru to Lady G and New Age Steppers, dig in below.
I is out now on PAN. Order it here.
ZENK - ETHIOPIAN FUKERA AND SHILELA (WAR SONG)
My friend Germay (who sings on the STILL record as well) sent me this video. I really like the Ethiopian and Erithrean way of singing, especially when it gets into something like trancey, angry rapping. Even though unfortunately I don't understand the language, I can understand pretty easily that the singer’s saying “Italia Fascista”, and I’m pretty sure he's talking about the attack with mustard gas, that was one of the numerous atrocities perpetuated by the fascists in Ethiopia during the occupation.