In this week selection: the long awaited sophomore albums from Kaytranada and Stormzy, the third volume of Moonshine’s mixtape, the exciting compilation Mogadisco and many more to hear this week.
Heavy Is The Head
After serving us some impressive singles ‘Vossi Bop‘, ‘Sounds Of the Skeng’ and more recently ‘Audacity‘, Stormzy shares his long-awaited sophomore album, Heavy is the Head. Throughout the 16-track release, the rapper, real name Michael Omari, leads listeners through honest self-reflection with powerful verses and addictive hooks. The album is composed of 16 tracks with a few prestigious guests including Burna Boy, H.E.R and Headie One among others.
Berlin label Analog Africa give a second life to rare Somalian funk and disco tracks on Mogadisco – Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972-1991). Label creator Samy Ben Redjeb travelled to the infamous capital of Somalia in November of 2016, making Analog Africa the first music label to set foot in Mogadishu. They discovered an uncovered and unmarked pile of discarded recordings in a cluttered corner of the building of Radio Mogadishu. Its highlight the disco tsunami that hit the country during that time.