Looks like we’re last to the party on this one. Thanks to our buddy Dave McDonagh for playing this the other night and getting it properly on our radar. William Onyeabor is something of an mystery. He released all this amazing music in Africa in the 70’s that went largely un-noticed by the rest of the world. Then in 2014 David Byrne’s (From Talking Heads) label Luaka Bop re-issued some of his best tracks and sent out the parts for all kinds of remixes. One of which is the Joacim remix we have for you today.
Williams got a crazy history and despite their best attempts no-one has really been able to fully put together a bio on him. Anyway, dig a little deeper on him, you won’t be sorry, for example check out the Noisey documentary about him HERE. Anyway this take on Williams original is just built for fun, not straying far from the original it gives it a bit more of a dance floor lean and plays to the originals strengths, the main inclusion is a new smoother vocal, perhaps the original was a bit too poorly recorded. Anyway if this is your first introduction to William Onyeabor I hope it leads you down the rabbit hole.
Put together back in 2010 this fantastic remix is what you would expect from Midland…..classy. I don’t know how we missed it then but I’m certainly happy to have found it now. Endless echo is offset with warm synths and upbeat melodies. It’s got that heavy feel, like walking off a plane into high humidity that comes from a producer thats not afraid to use all the space in a mix down with confidence. This remix fits perfectly with Boards of Canada’s aesthetic, it’s patient and built for those more cerebral musical needs. A fantastic collaboration between two stand out acts.
Sort of polarised by this freebie from Supermen Lovers so I thought I’d put it out there and see what you think? I love some of the loopy behaviour and dynamics and the overall groove is pretty appealing, though I find some of the more choppy sections a little bit overindulgent and the accapella they have chosen has been used a lot but nonetheless I think the good points outweigh the bad. It’s rare that a track has me so indecisive. Let me know what you think in the comments section here.
An exclusive download today! Got this little beauty in my email today from Romain Bezzina. He pulls the best bits from the cheesy original and adds a bunch of strings, omnichord, minimoog, arp and more with the help of Simon Mills from the british duo “BENT”. The result will have you gazing at your shoes hypnotised as you’re washed over again and again. My only complaint is that it’s so short, could easily do an infinite loop on this one, it’s like audio valium, they should pump it out of the speakers endlessly in mental homes!
Jay Shepheard and retrofit labelmate Yooj have joined forces under a new umbrella ‘Two Scoops’. The debut release from the due will be out on vinyl only at the end of the month but for now I’m afraid this will have to hold us over. Moody is the order of the day with this one as buried vocals add a muddiness to the patiently progressive production. Collaboration is something we’re huge fans of, when it works, and it certainly has here. Keep your eyes peeled for that vinyl. We’ve also got Jay Shepheard coming over to London for his album launch with us, for information & tickets CLICK HERE.