singles club #9
Fatima Circle (Eglo records)
Ok so a bit of a break from my usual relentless house and techno selections but when I heard this promo it was just too good to pass up. Eglo is always a label I check for, usually a stamp of quality and diversity with the likes of Floating Points, Oliver Day Soul (a personal fav of mine) and Funkineven. Originating from Stockholm but now London based, Fatimas been working with these guys since back in 2010 and this new cut sees her pure vocal talent still shining through once again.
The first track Circle is taken from her upcoming debut album and is a collaboration with producer Computer Jay and featuring Shafiq Husayn. Her voice is underpinned with low-fi beat, lazy chords and meandering moogish bass. Shes got such a captivating voice, which is joined by Shafiq for the chorus Nothing stays the same, only life remains, all change, all change. Then on the flipside Technology has more classic instrumentation; understated beat, double bass. Her vocal line is upwardly intoned like a series of questions. Pure vibes.
Ive definitely not done this justice buy it.
Out on wax 5th August. Digi to follow on the 19th.
Mad Mad Mad Mouse Rock (Stac Records)
Wow this ones not house either! I got put onto this little gem of a release by a friend (cheers Jimbob) and its chuffing awesome. Looks like a new band Mad Mad Mad on new label Stac (Strange things are Coming) and its a killer and no mistake. The A side Mouse Rock is 3 minutes 25 of chunky, dancefloor destroying, analogue wobble infused punk funk of the highest order. The bass hook is inescapable. On the flip is La Cigale is a slower affair, with wining guitar and resonant analogue warblings but still quality.
Out now on 7 or as high quality download from their Bandcamp.
Francis Bebey Remixed Various Artists (Born Bad)
Ok so were getting closer to house or techno but this ones still a bit off the wall. Here weve got a selection of remixes of Cameroonian musician Francis Bebey whos output from the late 60s through to the 00s was pretty mental to be fair. He experimented with electronic instrumentation, helped launch the career of Manu Dibango (of Soul Makossa fame which was championed by none other than David Mancuso) and was generally quite prolific. Here French label Born Bad enlist Pilooski, Daphni, Its a Fine Line and Young Marco on rework duty and the results are colorful, different, sonically vibrant pieces of music that Im looking forward to weirding out a dancefloor with sometime soon.