Ata Kak – Daa Nyinaa
Awesome Tapes From Africa continue their quest in unearthing some of the continent’s forgotten classics by reissuing Ghanaian highlife artist Ata Kak’s first album. ATFA founder Brian Shimkovitz first found the original cassette of the album back in 2002 at a record fair in Ghana (apparently one of 50 copies in existence) and for the last 13 years he’s been trying to track down Ata Kak to gain permission to re-release it. The album itself is as impressive as the story behind it. Lo-fi western synthesisers, unintelligible ghanian rapping and Chicago-style house combine to create a wonderfully odd hybrid of styles, which on paper should never work but strangely does!
Gwen McCrae – All This Love That I’m Giving
This classic from disco queen Gwen McCrae’s may be one of the most sampled tracks of all time, but nothing has come close to bettering the original, which has been reissued for the second time on wax this month. Built around a simple, yet deadly concoction of an 808 boogie baseline, smooth trumpets and McCrae’s huge soulful inflections, the track is disco at it’s finest. There are very few vocalists of her era who can match McCrae in her ability to imbue almost any track she touches with such sheer power, personality and emotion.
Polartronics – The Deep
With ‘Love Got Me High’ and ‘ Your Love’, Terence Parker has made his name in timeless, sample driven house, much like contemporaries like Andrés, Soundstream and Recloose. Now comes the re-release of Parker‘s 1993 track ‘The Deep’, a collaboration with Chris Shivers that showcases a darker facet of his sound. The track brings together a sample of a Kalimba, unnerving strings and Juan Atkin-style drum machine to create an after-hours classic.
Andre Tanker – Basement Party
Australian imprint Left Ear Records brings Andre Tanker’s 1980 masterpiece to wax for the first time. Made in Trinidad and Tobago, it’s rooted in reggae but brings together a number folk, funk, rockabilly and dub elements, ‘Basement Party’ is essential for anyone who wants to wrap their ears around a wholly original take on lover rock roots.
Jeancy – U Turn Me On
Following the release of one of Plastic People’s staples, Stephen Enchinas’ ‘Disco Illusion’, Toronto based label Invisible City Editions have unearthed another brooding disco gem with Canadian/Haitian band Jeancy. Already a firm favourite with DJ Harvey and Andras Fox, the 1983 track is a ten minute slice of late night 808 driven boogie at its most seductive, dark and club-ready. The track is already sold out on wax in most good record stores, so act fast.