Fi Bahr El Hob Mwadji, Kifash Nwassi - (12:36) 138 BPM
Min Yaati Kalbou Lil Melah - (3:45) 112 BPM
Lalla Fatima - (12:21) 98 BPM
Mal Djifni6 - (19:07) 103 BPM
The ever awesome Honest Jon's decision to reissue its back catalogue in digital format gives you a chance to delve back into the amazing album of Chaabi music from the Abdel Hadi Halo & The El Gusto Orchestra of Algiers. The Damon Albarn fronted excursion by Team Honest Jons into Algiers in 2007 has been compared to a film of certain famous Cuban musicians several times over, but the focus should certainly be on the music. Comprised of six lengthy tracks of gripping rhythmic music that sways effortlessly between classical and popular styles, the 19 minutes that make up "Mal Djifni" prove a real highlight, sounding like it could go on forever. This has to be heard to be believed.
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - (2:56) 112 BPM
Barefoot In Your Kitchen - (3:56) 110 BPM
Canary - (4:13) 106 BPM
Sunlight - (2:09) 91 BPM
A singer and songwriter, who's made a name for herself by recording and performing using all manner of eccentric accessories including typewriters, cheese graters, chopping boards and other assorted household goods, Bev Lee Harling's debut album for Wah Wah 45s was recorded with Rogall from Micatone and brilliantly mixes her delicate jazz vocals with printer noises ("Robots and Angels") or more conventional blues instrumentation ("Devil's On Your Tail") to create an album as refreshing and slightly bonkers as Camille's "Ilo Veyou".
A singer and songwriter who's made a name for herself by recording and performing using all manner of eccentric accessories including typewriters, cheese graters, chopping boards and other assorted household goods, Bev Lee Harling's latest single for Wah Wah 45s is a breezy, jazzy affair with a Puppinni Sisters retro-swing vibe, and come accompanied by an intimate voice and ukulele cover of The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic".
Having just recently dropped her debut album, Barefoot In your Kitchen, on Adam Scrimshire's Wah Wah 45s label, retro-styled singer and songwriter, Bev Lee Harling is back with another single from said LP. "Robots & Angels" is a remarkable marriage of Bev's breezy jazz vocals, 60s loungey mamboisms, electro beats and even some mechanical noises! On remix duties we have Claws For? who beautifully weave the vocals around a shimmering electro-boogie backing track. By contrast, Quiroga turn the tune into a downtempo, glitchy, micro-house workout.
Deep seeded nu-soul vibes abound effortlessly on this collection of remixes taken from Chanan's album of the same name. 10 cuts in total, each one respectfully adding dancefloor weight to Hanspal's compositions, the remixes range from swinging, jazz-flecked house to deep, tracky, tribal groove workouts. "It's Only Just A Garden" is the most popular cut to go under the knife with Yam Who, Yan Dulche and Kay Suzuki all throwing their interpretations into the ring. It's Yam Who's take that really stands out, though, with a warm, squidgy analogue bassline doing more of the talking, allowing the vocals to take a beat seat and really make an impact mid-track. Elsewhere you'll find a roof-raising electro version of "Fields Of Fire" by CGI Guy and a jacking, synth-washed tech-flavoured remake of "Footprints In The Sand" by Vince Vella.