Another stomper from Dj Steaw’s 3rd release on his Steward label which dropped in February. Turning out to be on of the most under-rated techno/house labels out there in my opinion. Solid club weapons across all EPs that go off every-time we play em. Don’t sleep.
STEWARD | TRACK 4
Got this last year off the aptly named Awesome Tapes From Africa last year when it dropped, and been meaning to put it up on the blog since. Here is a bit of copy with the release, you need to check the site if you are into this as its full of African and Worldwide gems.
“Aby Ngana Diop was the most famous taasukat in Dakar, Senegal in the 1980s and 1990s. Taasu is a Wolof-language poetic style, usually performed by women griots over frenetic drum patterns, with an aggressive verbal flow thought to presage rap. Her only album Liital was groundbreaking in the history of Senegalese music because it was the first commercial recording to feature a traditional female taasukat performing to the modern accompaniment of mbalax, Senegal’s quintessential pop genre.
After a few years of searching for Ms. Diop’s family members—she passed away from a heartattack in 1997—it took another year to get the release sorted it out but I’m happy to report this is all square with her family in Dakar (thanks to the help of a friendly professor from Boston who also contributed excellent liner notes).”
ABY NGANA DIOP | DIEULEUL-DIEULEUL
Next up on the FMB mixtape series is an old pawl Ant who runs the Rotham’s label straight outta’ Liverpool! Channeling weirdo italo and synth, fans of the likes of Brassica, Ali Renault and Tusk wax will know doubt know and love the label! The recent Brassica remix of Aimes has been a huge tune for us since Christmas! Really excited to have Ant onboard, here’s a few words from the lad himself!
“Been living in LA for the last few months producing an album and DJing around California, promoting parties etc. been out here a few times last couple of years, its becoming somewhat Rothmans spiritual home!”
“Shat it out on a pair of 1200’s like a boss, hence the dodgy mixing, apart from the last tune which is not pressed yet so i kind of just glued it on the end.”
“Its pretty much all unreleased stuff from Rothmans and a few of our friends, Tusk, COF, Belly Dance UK etc etc, a kind of sounds of 2015 according to Rothmans I suppose. Flying straight from LA to Amsterdam for my best mates stag do, gonna be horrible!! Then back in the UK for a bit, playing with my first ALFOS in a few weeks with the gouverner himself!! looking forward to that then our first trip to Japan in Sep.”
FMB MIXTAPE 06 | ROTHMANS
FMB MIXTAPE 06 | ROTHMANS (hq download)
All-time classic house here, had this one on the blog a few years back but just looked and it was a bad rip and the post didn’t do it justice, so decided to give it the re-fresh it deserves. Cheesed out end of the night business, this track can do no wrong!
SLAM SLAM | MOVE (DANCE ALL NIGHT) ( SLAMMIN’ 12”)
1984 bomb from the man Maurice McGee. Such a shame this guy only made 3EPs…Do I do is an absolute Italo classic, this is good maybe not quite as good but still has a bit of it’s own flavour.
MAURICE MCGEE | GRAVITY