A list of albums released this week, in no particular order.
Albums we love this week include Timaya, Angel Bat Dawis, Tellaman, Charlotte Adigery, Dj Khalab and more.
Angel Bat Dawis
Recorded using only her cell phone in various locations, from London UK to Cape Town RSA, Angel Bat Dawis debut album The Oracle has been created entirely by herself. She’s performing overdubbing & mixing all instruments & voices on her own.
Signed on the excellent Chicago’s label International Anthem, “The Oracle” is a vibrant free-jazz album exploring black experiences nowadays. The clarinettist, composer and vocalist Angel delivers a unique and spiritual album.
Born in Ghent, Belgium, Charlotte Adigery mixes traditional music from her martinican ancestors with a synthetic-electronic aesthetic, warmed-up by her soulful voice. She channels a blend of vivid story telling, catchy choruses and a quirky universe in this new EP. The understated dancefloor-filler “Paténipat” and the quirky pop ode to synthetic wigs “High Lights” attest to the artist’s versatility and talent.
Listen to Charlotte Adigery in our Noir Wave playlist on Spotify or Deezer.
Black Noise Remixed
After the success of the Black Noise 2084 album, released in July 2018, label On The Corner releases a remix EP for DJ Khalab afro-futuristic project. Afrikan Sciences, Blood, Wine or Honey and Hieroglyphic Being re-imagine and deepen Khalab’s tracks, where displaced rhythms, chants, screams and dreams collide with quaking bass, a vortex of shattering synths and jazz rains. The field recording material from Royal Museum for Central Africa of Bruxelles blends with futuristic drum patterns to create an idealistic sonic universe, where the hard truths of a barbaric history embark on the beginning of reconciliation.
Five years years after her album Lovely Difficult, Cape Verdean singer releases Manga, an album entirely sung in Cap Verdean Creole and Portuguese. Inspired by Lisbonne and recorded between Abidjan and Paris, where she’s living today, the album blends modern african music with Cap Verdean roots. It features famous Cap Verdean musician Kim Alves, as well as 2B and Akatché, from Abidjan’s and Dakar’s urban music scene, bringing a modern touch to the project.
Flamingo Pier EP
Flamingo Pier, a music collective behind some of the finest dance parties in East London and New Zealand. Following their self-released debut EP, DJ residents Luke Walker, Dominic Jones and Bradley Craig have crafted 4 dancefloor-worthy tracks influenced by the boogie, disco, Afro and classic house that their parties are known for.
Slick, rolling disco synths and punchy drum machines are woven in with Afro-centric percussion and dreamy vocal chants, for an exotic disco-boogie journey from start to finish. The EP is being released to coincide with the Flamingo Pier Festival in Waiheke, New Zealand on 9 February 2019. Confirmed acts include Tim Sweeney (Beats in Space), Harvey Sutherland, CC:Disco, Lord Echo, Julien Dyne and Earthboogie.
Tellaman’s debut album out, God Decides, which features several powerful voices such as Shekhinah and Nasty C – not only showcases his own smooth tone but also his ability to be sincere about his feelings which make him resonate deeply with his audience. Drawing on inspiration from everything around him, his relationships, flaws, passions, hopes and views on life.
Born Thelumusa Samuel Owen in Durban KZN, Tellaman began experimenting from his early teens with a wide selection of beats and instruments. He is a self-taught musician and now a well-recognized singer, songwriter and producer. His skills have been sharpened through a variety of festival performances, but his potential was confirmed with his hit single “Drinks And Music ft. Okmalumkoolkat” which featured on the “Soul Candi Sessions 15” album.
Timaya new album Chulo Vibes features Nigerian star Burna Boy, Tanzanian music award winner Alikiba and Trinidadian Soca singer Michel Montano. Chulo Vibes signs the return of Nigerian pop singer Timaya after 5 years.
After several years of collaborative work, he released his first solo single, “Dem Mama,” in 2005. Timaya released his first solo album, True Story, in 2007 and followed up the next year with Gift and Grace. His success continued to grow and, along with a string of guest appearances and collaborations, he released new music of his own at a nearly annual rate, offering up De Rebirth in 2010, LLNP Long Life N Prosperity in 2011, Upgrade in 2012, and Ephipany in 2014. Chulo Vibes is a pure jam and Pull Up the song with Burna Boy is already a dancehall anthem
Originally starting out in the late 90s, Paris-based 8 piece, Cotonete originally gained fame for renditions of tracks from their contemporaries, replicating the heavy grooves, sweaty jazz-funk with a nod to the Brazilian warmth and beach breeze.
After a fifteen year break, they’ve started working together again and over the last two years the band released four EPs of original material. ‘Super Vilains’, their debut album, epitomizes this come back: it straddles everything the band are known for; jazz fusion, balearic disco and integral soul-funk grooves.