Review: The fourth vinyl release from Banana Hill comes from Kenyan producer Jinku, with the deeply personal 'Vagabond' EP. Through sound textures and patterns, the waning lights of a relationship are exemplified through tension, discordant sound layers and African polyrhythms examining the damage caused through infidelity and repercussions faced for one's own actions.
Vagabond's remixes come from El Buho and Sooma, both purveyors of polyrhythmic multicultural music. El Buho's remix of A2 brings his Latin American music rhythms warping and twisting Loa Myst's vocal around accordion stabs and a constantly bouncing bass. Sooma's remix of A1 leans towards her house roots, layering complex polyrhythms, creating a hypnotic groove, majestically tied to a hypnotic tribal call.
Review: Calypso enters a new adventure that will embark in a world journey showcasing the sounds of the cities that inspire the label the most. This adventure beggins in Tel Aviv, home of artists such as Red Axes or Autarkic. The first edition includes 4 tracks of new and old producers from this amazing city. Niv Ast, one of our favorites new comers delivers "Rainey Heart" a strong percussive track that is a dance floor garanty. Next we have Rina, another new talent that is making his way throught this amazing scene, delivering the peak time burner "Peppermint Bouquet". Opening the B side heavy weight Naduve gives us "Hex Mex" a track that was done during his special journey in Mexico. Finally, our good friend Middleskyboom closes the EP with a fantastic and mind bending track called "Marbel Arch" with a psychadelic flute that will take you to the jungle.