Review: Channelling the shadier strands of what the Shango label describe as electronic afrotropicalismo music, mysterious entity 7Even delivers two techy, slow burning originals remixed by a fresh cast of producers. With hypnotic sitars and the echo of pan pipes threaded between skipping disco grooves and textured vocals in "Appeliana", its partner "Amanes" adds a spice of funk to its arrangements while still reaching for those eastern themed guitars and stringed motifs. Higher tempo new NRG arrives in Think City's synth heavy remix, with Dogus Cihan looking to more broken beat inspirations alongside two effective and on point interpretations by Shoso and Haris Kate respectively. How bazaar!
Review: The term 'Balearic' too often just means "light and fluffy" these days, but here's a five-track various artists EP that really captures the original eclectic, genre-defying Balearic spirit. Absentune's 'Sea Fog' is a midpaced electronic headnodder, Antaares's 'Osadi' takes us into downtempo pastures with birdsong, langorous synths and Spanish-language spoken vocal samples, while Tlazohtla's 'Lluvia Lunar' operates in similar territory but with a dubbier feel. The Valtierra & Die Jungle's slo-mo chugger 'Mon Frere' then urges us back onto the dancefloor with its off-kilter bleeps and ominous, rumbling bass, before Xaman's 'Ambar' plays us out on a dreamy, hypnotic note.
Inti Kunza - "Sientelo" (original mix) - (5:24) 119 BPM
Review: Based in Thessaloniki, Greece and active since 2015, Shango specialise in deep electronic grooves injected with flavas from Indian, Arab, African and Latin music. The emphasis, though - on this EP at least - is firmly on the first half of that equation, with the result that the five tracks from as many artists featured here are at least as likely to be heard on deep or progressive house floors as they are in sets by the likes of Peterson, Scruff or Snowboy. Arditti & Nemitz's 'Sefardi' is perhaps more one for the chill-out rooms, but the rest will delight those who like their house on the more leftfield/cerebral side.
Review: Shango Records invites you to an unheard world music psychedelic trip. Through a colorful kaleidoscope they will melt down international vibes into forbidden sounds of frenzied electronic dancefloor rituals. After a creative break, German duo Daniel & Joscha aka Jonajosu announce that two of their newest remixes made it to the 'Jendayi' EP in collaboration with the mysterious Anber. The title track is an arcane and ritualistic journey deep into the rainforest, while the exotic deep house of "Isos" is perfect mood music - melodic and bittersweet. Additional remixes by m.age.project, Balint Boldizsar and Jean Vayat.
Review: It would be fair to say that this EP from Bigz and Soire, featuring guests Kiano and Below Bankok, is something of an expansive beast. It features two original cuts - the ultra-deep, pitched-down tropical-tech chug of "La Yeil" and the marginally more up-tempo haziness of "Zoned Out" - plus a plethora of alternative remixes. Arguably the most memorable rework of "La Yeil" comes from Jean Vayat, who gets busy with deep chants, psychedelic guitar flourishes, trippy melodies and a suitably druggy, arpeggio style bassline, while Haris Kate's slo-mo revision of "Zoned Out", in which the producer utilizes Middle Eastern instrumentation and hushed chords, is also superb.
Review: Given that many of his previous releases delivered heady, almost feverish fusions of tech-tinged deep house, throbbing nu-disco and all manner of global musical influences, we'd say that Guy Maayan was a neat fit with Greece's SHANGO Records. His first EP for the label confirms this hunch, with Maayan gleefully flitting between thrusting, arpeggio-driven neo-trance cheeriness (opener "Nation"), extra-percussive peak-time psychedelia (the humid intensity of "Sensacion"), deliciously low-slung and hallucinatory business (the bubbly top-end arpeggio lines, weighty timbales hits, trance-like synth sounds and chunky bass of "Slow Down") and the kind of mind-altering, Afro-tech hedonism that has long been associated with occasional Innervisions artist Mr Raoul K ("Yelle O Yalla").