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Artist: ALPHA, OTIM
Title: Gulu City Anthems
Format: Double LP
Label: Nyege Nyege Tapes
Country: Uganda
Price: $29.00
"None-more-vital East African label Nyege Nyege Tapes present Otim Alphas melodic electro Acholi bangers on vinyl for the first time, following suit with their blazing, acclaimed Sounds Of Sisso compilation (NNT 005LP). Alphas debut international release Gulu City Anthems features 11 songs written and recorded between 2004 and 2015 in Northern Uganda and ranges from hi-velocity bangers to more romantic mid-tempo swagger, all serving a totally infectious showcase of his plugged-in take on traditional Larakaraka wedding music thats bound to get a lot of listeners itching for a +1 invite to one of his ceremonial sessions (crashing is always an option, too!). Working with producer Leo Palayeng, Otim essentially computerized Acholi wedding music, weaving its traditional, see-sawing folk fiddles and call-and-response vocals with stripped, pounding drum machine polyrhythms in a sort of hypnotic, minimalist delirium. For the most part, its properly up-tempo, with some searing highlights in the likes of his wickedly off-kilter jig "Kodi Pa Barikiya (Kwan)", the jabbing clash of almost cajun-style rapid-fire riffs and turbo-charged toms in "Toni G", or the Detroit/Chicago ghetto-compatible bang of "Too Wiye Ming-Alphazo". But theres also one super-charming piece called "Agiki Ne Tye" which works at a relatively leisurely 120bpm with strolling bass and bright, joyful chord cadence, presumably intended to allow the party a sweet breather. Following Alphas recent, stellar introductory live show at Unsound 17, this collection is set to impress eager ears beyond Uganda and the East African scene, and is surely destined to be lodged in record collections somewhere between your Shangaan Electro, Konono No.1 and Caribbean soca faves -- in other words: your party-starting section. Remastered and cut to vinyl by Matt Colton at Alchemy." - Nyege Nyege Tapes.

Artist: V/A
Title: Sounds of Sisso
Format: Double LP
Label: Nyege Nyege Tapes
Country: Uganda
Price: $29.00
"Pure Singeli fire from Tanzanias febrile Dar Es Salaam underground, showcasing the punkish sounds of the Sisso Records studio with a belter volley of hi-velocity missiles for Kampala, Ugandas Nyege Nyege Tapes. Hitting frenetic levels of velocity comparable with full on soca or Shangaan electro styles as much as Northern British takes on happy hardcore and Makina, trust theres no messing about with this one. This is a bracing first introduction to the Singeli sound, whose collision of souped-up rhythmic energy and breathless bars should immediately translate far beyond its east African base. Across the 14 tracks of Sounds of Sisso youre familiarized with the sounds core producers -- Bwax, Sisso, Tampa Pana, and Yung Keyz Morento -- and its amazing fast chat MCs -- Dogo Niga (aka Bobani) and Makaveli -- with a totally uncompromising style that cant help but make most other dance music sound a bit pale and limp by comparison. No matter where youre from, this is patently music for raving to, combining punkish, satirical lyrics about the challenges of Tanzanias youth -- from police corruption to dating when youre broke -- with productions that scream get mad get mad in a way thats maybe best associated with hedonistic noise or gabber. However, this is from Dar Es Slaam, and theyve got some heavy style down there. From the near cheek-pulling G-force of Bwax and S Kides "Baba Aminata Natafuta Kiki" to the mental, cut-up intro and rapido attack of "TMK" by Suma, nobody lets the pressure gauge tick below fucking off it, pal, taking in the chipmunked Bollywood chorus and speecore pace of Dogo Nigas "Polisi" and the Shangaan/Soca-like hybrid "Mshamba Wa Kideo" from Mzee Wa Bwax or the Nu Monkey-on-tour styles of "Kimbau Mbau" along with the Nkisi-esque jag of Maseke, Pasopa and Makos "Roho Inauma". But, there are also some sweeter and hip hop styled freaks, too; check for the warped hip hop knock of "Nammiliki" from Makaveli, or the sugar-rush of Cssos "Shobo" and the hyper colourful soundsystem FX of "Ndugulawama". Also features Dogo Suma Lupozi, Dogo Mudiy, Ganzi Mdudu. Remastered and cut by Matt Colton." - Nyege Nyege Tapes.

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