Review: Awesome Tapes From Africa collaborate here with legendary South African pop artist "Om"Alec Khaoli, whose band Umoja recorded several records in the 1980s. Known for his prior work with Harari and the Beaters before, "Om" Alec created music across the genres of funk, rock, folk and disco during the course of his decades long reign as one of the most influential artists in the highly challenging (to put it mildly) apartheid-era music scene. The 707 EP was originally released in 1988 and features the addictive Afro synth-pop of "Money Money", while the lo-slung groove on the title track is particularly addictive and the vocoder is a nice touch!
Review: Palov & Panama Cardoon launched Greek label Carnibal in 2012 and have been successfully 'shuffling the traditional sounds with the modern beats' ever since. Here on their 10th release they shift focus from the electro-swing and hip-hop approach of previous transmissions, concentrating on the sounds of Latin America instead. It's a tropical and topical romp too, with highlights including the hypnotic vintage cumbia haze of DJ Inko's "La Cadencia", the fizzing electro reggaeton of Vida G's "Cumbida" and the skewed disco-funk of "Orere" by Umoja.