Fauve Records shed light on forgotten pearls with the Extinct Melodies series

Fauve Records shed light on forgotten pearls with the Extinct Melodies series

Fauve Records shed light on forgotten pearls with the Extinct Melodies series

It’s sitting there at the back of the crate, dusty and unnoticed with its well-thumbed sleeve and previous owner’s scribbles across the artwork. It’s a forgotten gem, which perhaps only the most committed vinyl enthusiast would have the patience to seek out. In a new project of re-touched global curiosities, Hong Kong’s Fauve Records kicks off a series celebrating the art of the forgotten. The Extinct Melodies series will see a collection of global producers apply some re-edit gloss to a clutch of lesser-known works. In the coming months, you can expect offerings such as updated interpretations of long-forgotten Cantonese club standards (word of a planned Canto-remix of Mory Kante’s seminal Yeke is already getting the juices flowing), all designed to stretch the collective minds of global dancefloors. “It will be a bunch of everything and nothing,” says Fauve Records boss Romain FX. The cryptic description underlines the ethos of the series: it’s a multi-genre, anything goes.

Written by Toby Doman

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Spaziale Recordings launches with re-issue of John Ozila’s ‘Funky Boogie’ classic

Spaziale Recordings launches with re-issue of John Ozila’s ‘Funky Boogie’ classic

Spaziale Recordings launches with re-issue of John Ozila’s ‘Funky Boogie’ classic

The latest project from Stefano Ritteri and Marco Salvatori, Spaziale Recordings is born with a mission statement that’s sure to pique the interest of all disco lovers, promising, as it does, to unearth rare and forgotten pearls from deep in the ocean of Afro, cosmic and Italo music. Kaleta. During his early years in Benin, Kaleta was raised on the heavy sounds of Beninese funk pioneers Orchestra PolyRhythmo before his musical journey saw him cross the border to Nigeria, where he played in a number seminal bands including Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80. On our pick, ‘Wake Up’, Kaleta’s powerful call and response vocal soars over a pulsing disco groove. Rolling bass, horns, guitars and synths all get their moment to shine in the well-spaced arrangement as heavy percussion drives the rhythm. The music has a timeless quality — aside from the subtly contemporary production, it would be completely justifiable to suppose this recording had been remastered from long lost tapes from golden-era Afro-disco.

They launch with an ultimate feel-good cut in the form of John Ozila’s ‘Funky Boogie’. Not exactly an anthem – it’s more of an esoteric secret weapon of seasoned selectors such as Horse Meat Disco and Dekmantel Soundsystem – but anthemic nonetheless.

The mid-tempo groove is driven by Ozila’s delicious phasing bass, subtle synth leads, arpeggios and space-age pads, enlivened by hazy horn stabs, and, of course, the fierce lead vocal. Fun and slightly camp, but held-down enough to avoid offending sensitive types, this is deeply infectious and sure to garner much-deserved attention from new audiences.

Written by Rocco Universal

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Preview: Bosq on fire with feel-good fusion flavours

Preview: Bosq on fire with feel-good fusion flavours

Bosq on fire with feel-good fusion flavours

The Medellin-based Bostonian collaborates with an ensemble cast to present four dance-floor cuts.

DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist Bosq continues his quest to fuse dynamic world sounds by collaborating with skilled musicians from seemingly disparate sonic landscapes. Once again, the result is a fully legitimate explosion of universal rhythm and melody.

In this, the third instalment on his own Bacalao label, the Medellin-based Bostonian collaborates with an ensemble cast of musicians to present four dance-floor cuts that fuse Afro-Latin vibrations from Colombia and West Africa with US disco, jazz, and funk flavours.

Featuring on two of the tracks is NYC-based Beninese vocalist & guitarist Kaleta. During his early years in Benin, Kaleta was raised on the heavy sounds of Beninese funk pioneers Orchestra PolyRhythmo before his musical journey saw him cross the border to Nigeria, where he played in a number seminal bands including Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80. On our pick, ‘Wake Up’, Kaleta’s powerful call and response vocal soars over a pulsing disco groove. Rolling bass, horns, guitars and synths all get their moment to shine in the well-spaced arrangement as heavy percussion drives the rhythm. The music has a timeless quality — aside from the subtly contemporary production, it would be completely justifiable to suppose this recording had been remastered from long lost tapes from golden-era Afro-disco.

Written by Rocco Universal

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