Our 10 favorite new vinyl releases this week (September 17th)

Tanzanian singeli, Japanese blues, interstellar ambient, etc.

This week’s recap is directed by VF’s Gabriela Helfet and Lazlo Rugoff, alongside Alice Whittington, Emily Hill and James Hammond.


Albums


various artists

Sounds of Pamoja

(Nyege Nyege Tapes)

To buy

As proselytes of the frenzied cross-pollinations and rampant BPMs of the singeli, the Nyege Nyege Tapes have proven to be a vital source of the Tanzanian genre.
booming sound and international reach. With solo albums from Bamba Pana, Sisso and Duke having traveled the dance floors in
last years, Sounds of Pamoja takes a probing approach to the genre, focusing on Duke’s Pamoja imprint and the host of brilliant MCs that revolve around his productions. Another breathtaking display of this tirelessly creative branch of Tanzanian youth culture, not to be missed if you are a lover of anything with a high octane rating. – JH


Moor Mother

Black Air Encyclopedia

(Anti-Records)

To buy

Poet and musician Moor Mother – aka Camae Ayewa – explores memory and violence on her latest album, Black Air Encyclopedia. On her 13 tracks, she combines her own poignant words with distortion, hip-hop productions, haunted chimes and textured electronics. As the label says, “This record is… a prophetic soul sonic mirage that drops your ‘cold study beats on’ a Youtube playlist and hyper-intellectual rap podcasts into a hadron collider. Good. – L / D


various artists

K / L

(Underground melodies)

To buy

A vinyl-only version with just 300 units pressed, so don’t let that fly under your radar, as it’s packed with delicious cuts and modifications from Jan Schulte (aka Bufiman, Wolf Müller), Tolouse Low Trax and Haruomi Hosono. If you’re a fan of Andrew Weatherall’s or DJ Harvey’s deep selections, this could be your next late-night album to listen to. K / L follows a tradition of compilations that can be played from start to finish, seamlessly snaking through sultry jazz, post-punk, rave rock, modern trip hop, crisp acidic synth and left field disco. – AW


Maktoto Kubota and the Sunset Gang

Sunset Gang

(We want sounds)

To buy

Are you looking for a sweet Japanese-Hawaiian island to get away from? Look no further than Maktoto Kubota & The Sunset Gang’s Sunset Gang. Blending the Japanese spirit of ’70s experimentalism with influences from New Orleans blues, as well as accents of Hawaiian and Okinawan folk, the album sees a loving reissue on Wewantsounds. Made up of lead members Takashi Onzo on bass, Yosuke Fujita on guitar / mandolin, Keni Inoue on lead guitar, Hiroki Komazawa on pedal guitar and Kubota himself on guitar, he features cameos from other champions of sound madness, Haruomi Hosono, Akiko Yano, Sachiko Kanenobu and co-producer Kinji Yoshino. If, like us, you want more: Sunset Gang is the second in a trio of Kubota reissues from the label, after the equally coveted Hawaii Champroo. The reissue of Wewantsounds also marks the album’s first release outside of Japan, carefully remastered by Kubota himself, complete with original artwork, an obi strip, and a 4-page insert. – GH


Laraaji

Flow goes the universe

(All Saints Records)

To buy

Finally, Laraaji’s Glorious Ambience album from The Spirituality Master is available on vinyl – having originally been released on CD and cassette in 1992. Flow goes the universe Couldn’t be a more fitting title, as it somehow manages to envelop the listener like a reservoir of sensory deprivation, sending them on a serene psychedelic journey through space, underwater, and more. Laraaji plays all instruments in this version, including the distinct sound of his beloved modified autoharp. The sound of birds, cave waterfalls and lush forests comes from field recordings he made in the English Lake District, and all the while subtle electronic effects bring all the elements together into a harmonious tapestry. – AW


UMAN

Human warmth

(Freedom to spend)

To buy

Locking himself in their Parisian studio in 1992 and breaking with the expectations of the industry, Human warmth is the result of Danielle and Didier Jean’s stubborn pursuit of a common vision of vocal and electronic harmony. All the better by its lack of restraint, and its adherence to a logic that seems distinctly of their own making, these breathed incantations welcome in eight languages, and harmonize and shift at will between the voice of Danielle Jean and the keys. of his brother. Freedom To Spend for the first time on vinyl for an ethereal weirdness that leans towards the new age in its open-hearted aspirations, but moves away from the specifics of the genre in its idiosyncrasies. – JH


Jan Jelinek

Raw and cooked

(DONE)

To buy

Jan Jelinek presents a full LP version of his radio piece of the same name, originally composed and produced for German radio station SWR2. Explore the consistency of the material and its precariousness, Raw and cooked captures the sounds of artists Thomas and Renée Rapedius when working with paper and metal objects, as well as Peter Granser brewing tea, breaking glass, bending metal, and burning wood. In doing so, the album presents the sounds of life: particles that rearrange, reborn and transform. – L / D


Simple


Ruf Dug & Lovescene

‘Do it right’

(Wolf music)

To buy

Ruf Dug joins forces with Poppy Roberts from Lovescene to spice up house music with Wolf Music with ‘Make It Right’. The 12 ″ offers three interpretations of the melody: the club mix, the dub mix and the user-friendly Beatapella for DJ tools. On the A side, the club cut showcases the scintillating constructions of Roberts’ voice amid his 808 slaps and rolling constructions. On the other hand, Ruf Dug presents two stripped-down versions, the dub rendering focusing on the instrumentals, while the beatapella brings the party back to vocals and snare drums only. – GH


Religious order

Luci Nere

(Rat Life Records)

To buy

Macabre synthesizers haunt Credit 00s Rat Life Records, in the form of “Religius Order’s” Luci Nere. Described as music for the end of the world, practicing the art of the dark wave, muffled vocals hide behind industrial effects and squelchy chords as ebm electric energy bounces through the core of listeners. Much like its name, “Ellectrofellina” draws on the more punchy electro spectrum, faster count of the seven tracks, as well as a solid jam for a dark and sweaty basement rave. “Internal Shame” is wacky and creepy – a real splash with dramatic percussion. The entire mini-LP has me jumping through the hoops of acid, techno and beyond, a masterful affair centered on the art of gothic chug. – EH


Air Max 97

“Psyllium” / “Eat the rich”

(Sounds unearthed)

To buy

Born in New Zealand and based in Australia, the magician of breaks Air Max 97 follows his debut in the Timedance in 2019, with a dual 12-inch tracker. ‘Eat The Rich’ is beautifully punchy with a hint of wickedness, playing to a futuristic dancehall arrangement before it goes off the rails. On the reverse, ‘Pysllium’ is a trippy techno-esque thumper with a dirty bassline and squelchy pads. Each track works great for club use – a pair of bass-driven stompers that walk above and beyond to get your feet moving. – EH

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