Review: Artaria and Ukranian producer Jean Vayat are travelers of the cosmic world. This is their first offering for Tayi Bebba's Shango Records, where they serve up two tracks which will guide you to the mystic valleys of tomorrow's land. From the brooding, chugging tunnel vision of "Fatum" which nails that Life & Death/Afterlife kind of sound, and the equally ominous "Storm" which will also hypnotise you with its slinky style of groove. There are a bunch of brilliant remixes included too: Veytik's low slung slo-mo rendition ventures into cosmic disco territory and Zuma Dionys' dubbed-out vibe adds a psychedelic atmosphere.
Review: Greek label Shango Records invites you on an unheard world music trip, taking in disparate influences from across the globe 'into forbidden sounds of frenzied electronic dancefloor rituals.' Next up they have tapped Tel Aviv's Guy Maayan for his second offering, with tracks that 'will spread light and shine to the darkest night.' From the mesmerising tapestry of tones experienced on "Moments" from hammer dulcimer, sitar and tabla merging with humming sub bass and deep house beats, to the slow burning (and low slung) remix up next by Madrid's Ernest Oh. Another original offering comes in the form of "Open Your Arms", a moody and meditative yet exotic expression in tech house.
Review: This is sitting in our 'Balearic' section but if you're expecting laidback, mellifluous grooves and blissed-out loveliness then think again! Instead, Crete-based producer Karpouzakis takes influences from global music - primarily African music, but you can clearly hear Middle Eastern and Indian influences, too - and repurposes them for contemporary western dancefloors on four tracks that are presented in a total of nine mixes. If you like your beats on the esoteric and leftfield side, and served garnished with chanted vox, sitars and so on, you'll find much to enjoy here - even if the tempo never rises much above walking pace.
Review: If you like your house and disco druggy, percussive, psychedelic and smothered in African and South American instrumentation, you need this Ahau EP in your life. It sees the sometime Global Hybrid artist expertly fuse the traditional and cutting-edge in a number of thrilling, ear-catching ways. Check first opener 'Bienvenida En Shipibo', where haunting flute melodies, snaking sax lines and Spanish spoken word vocals rise above a percussion-rich, slo-mo house groove, before admiring the rainforest-fresh tropical chug of 'Viento Danzate'. For those seeking more up-tempo, club-ready excursions, we'd recommend the haunting, locked-in Colombian deep house flex of 'Agradecido' and the faintly foreboding, trance-inducing house bounce of 'Amanecer Repentino'.
El Punto (Renzo Zong & Ricardo Zavaleta remix) - (6:44) 95 BPM
Ocaso (Rodrigo Gallardo remix) - (5:22) 102 BPM
Review: Akuba's first outing for SHANGO deftly showcases all that is good about the producer's hard-to-pigeonhole productions, and in particular his ability to combine elements of deep house and slow-house with more traditional styles of African and South American music. Both drowsy, jazzy opener 'El Punto' - all melancholic trumpet solos, evocative chords and tactile beats - and 'Ocaso' offer subtle nods towards Argentinian tango music, though nobody could accuse them of being anything other than laidback deep house treats. The accompanying remix package is strong, with our favourites including Noble Spirits' ultra-deep take on 'El Punto' and Rodrigo Gallardo's chunky, trumpet-heavy rework of 'Ocaso'.
Review: Calling upon a deeper shaman from the inner exotics, producer from planet earth Leonor arrives on the Shango label following a run of impressive releases for others like Tom Tom Disco, Playground (Arg) and Ombra International. Sending in the sounds and field recordings of an alluring medina, "Curandero" and its atmospherics are underpinned by an industrial disco rhythm and wailing motifs that comes packed with a Feller remix channelling the spirits of Major Lazer, while Rabih Rizk's version opts from something '90s, tribal and trance. Alongside this is the slower, tropical motion and rainforest vibes of a slightly grungy "La Creacion", with Buddha Bar vibes abound in DBRA's remix, next to some horn-blowing, psychedelic acid funk in "Poder Cosmico".
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: 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.
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").