6 albums you need to hear this week

In this week’s selection : a story of electronic maloya, a tribute to the city of Belém, a freestyle EP from a Nigerian prodigy, and much more…


Georgia Anne Muldrow
VWETO II

Los Angeles-born and grown singer, songwriter, and musician Georgia Anne Muldrow is known for her ability to channel the greats from decades past in soul, R&B, and jazz to create a subversive, forward-thinking sound. Following Overload, her most accessible and r’n’b album, Georgia goes back to her roots and delivers a highly psychedelic jam, lost somewhere between the 1970s and the distant future. Hip hop and g-funk influenced beats blend with cosmic synths in a colourful jazzy universe

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Digital Kabar
Various Artists
Digital Kabar

Maloya is a music style native to the French island of La Réunion built up over centuries in the sugar plantations of the Island (which had been populated only three centuries earlier), agglomerating popular sounds brought along by slaves from Madagascar, India and Mozambique. The last few decades the style has grown a new branch of maloya, blending the traditional instruments with electronic sounds. Digital Kabar is a tells the story of these hybridations, by featuring rtists who are still based in La Réunion, including Labelle, Jako Maron and Zong and Psychorigid.

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Spaza
Spaza

Mushroom Hour Half Hour sees itself as a space for experimentation pushing forward the effusive local jazz scene of Johannesburg. Spaza was recorded in one take in the garden of the SPAZA Art Gallery, by a never-before-assembled group of musicians from Johannesburg. This experimental, DIY approach is characteristic of the label’s vision. Drawing its name from South African informal neighbourhood stores, the LP is an ode to improvisation and DIY spirit, deeply rooted in South African culture.

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Tshegue
Telema

After their acclaimed EP and singles, Tshegue are back with a new EP. Despite having been confined to hybrid genres such as afro-punk or afro-pop, Tshegue never stopped evolving and surprising us. Telema is even more creative and energic, on the EP, traditional music meets electronic music, hip hop, blues touareg guitars and drums. Telema is about vices : money, sex and drugs…

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Various Artists 
Jambú e os míticos sons da amazônia

It took Analog Africa six years to elaborate their 28th compilation, Jambú e os míticos sons da amazônia. It tries to tell the story of Belém, the birthplace of a myriad of new musical genres, such as carimbó, samba-de-cacete and siriá. Being at the intersection of Amerindian cultures, Caribbean sounds and rhythms as well as from Colombia, Surinam and Guyana, the Belém was also known as the “Caribbean Port”. Just as the Amazonian that gives its name, Jambú is an euphoric travel into Brazilian culture, with a long-lasting aftertaste.

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Makala 
Radio Suicide

After two years of meditation and creation, Makala finally releases his eagerly awaited album. Radio Suicide features 21 tracks and a whole lot of collaborators to create a metaphoric universe and a simple philosophy. An insight into the artist’s creative mind, and a message to the youth.

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Rema
Freestyle EP

Two months after his first EP Rema, the Nigerian rising star releases a surprise project titled Freestyle EP. It contains four solid rap track: “Boulevard”, “American Love”, “Spiderman”, and “Trap Out The Submarine”. These tracks were originally short freestyle videos published by the artist during the last few months.

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