Malka Tuti is a new record label founded by Asaf Samuel and Katzele, two of the founders of Tel-Aviv's 84%Creativity collective. Following up great releases by Tapan and Die Orangen, they now present a bunch of hot remixes by top names in the underground of C Cat Trance: a post-punk band from Nottingham, England. Formed by John Rees Lewis after his departure from Medium Medium, they released five albums before splitting up in the mid-1990s. Local hero Autarkic gives their 1986 single "Screaming (To Be With You)" (feat The White Screen) a new school exotic swagger yet still retaining the fine rock sensibilities of the originals. Optimo's JD Twitch delves even deeper into the exotic on his hazy Middle Eastern journey and Sneaker takes the avant-garde "I Looked For You" into even more abstract terrain that almost defies description.
JD Twitch's Autonomous Africa series is something of a rarity. Each annual EP, which features modern electronic music influenced by African rhythms, sounds and styles, is used to raise money for a different African charity. Proceeds from this third in the series are destined for Tanzania's Mtandika Mission, a charity run by Midland's parents. It seems fitting, then, that he kicks things off with "Safi", a heavyweight slice of future voodoo that expertly blends analogue electronics and bombastic African rhythms. General Ludd go deep, psychedelic and off-kilter with their brilliant "Burning Mack", while Auntie Flo delivers a stripped-back vocal cut with echoes of his recent material on Permanent Vacation. Finally, Twitch steps up to deliver "Maya", which sounds like LFO's "LFO" re-made by African musicians.
The excellent Autonomous Africa series returns for a second release sporting cuts from label founder JD Twitch and the like minded Auntie Flo and Midland. Launched last year, the series intends to highlight the problems that outside interference from other countries has on African countries and their people with all the proceeds from each EP donated to a different charity in Africa. The inaugural EP raised funds for Medecins Sans Frontieres operations in Africa, while this year's EP will raise funds for the Mtandika Mission in Tanzania. Midland offers some of his best work to date with the thumping, scratchy 4/4 of original production "Checkbob" which is matched by JD Twitch's "Olaiya" which adds a devilish sub bassline to the jittery JBs style funk of the uncredited source. Elsewhere, Auntie Flo is in more contemplative mood with "Water Of Life" whilst Twitch's second edit "Juju" is a percussive delight.
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