The reggae-hop creator Elisee Akowendo from Ivory Coast, currently based in Israel, released the single I Dey Shina on the 10th.
A three and just under a third minutes of tightly packed percussion and vocal which is interspersed with synth noises-off and choral backing voices gives I Dey Shina a generous dance-tempo that captures the listeners attention with its changes in pace and atmosphere.
ADAM TK is a Kingdom Of Morocco based ambient-wave creator.
Recently relocated from Sweden ADAM TK revealed the latest track V2 within the past twenty hours – the second in a series of the ten concepts in the V series.
Reflective of the open spaces and vastness of the night-sky V2 was formulated in the darkness of a mountain village delivering a soundscape in which the listener envisages a still-frame narrative of stars passing overhead.
Excuse Me Misbehaviour is all that has made The Medicine Dolls an outfit who readers enjoy hearing from.
The just over four minute track creates its own echoes, sounding as though it is being served from a deep cellar in a song which swirls around the whirlpool of varying levels of lo-fidelity sound and the listener finds themselves regretful only that they don’t too live in Cape Town to join them in live performance.
The Nigerian electro-reggae performer Douglas Jack Agu better known as Runtown released the single Mad Over You on the 4th.
Apologies to one and all for the delay in getting back to this as it has been sitting in my inbox for over a week now.
Not without lawsuits over a recording contract with a label in Nigeria – resulting in various representations both in Nigerian and USA Courts – Runtown has once again been able to take ownership of his music and is now able to both tour and release new material.
The first track with his new found freedom – is Mad Over You – not a scornful response, rather a love song.
The South African garage-rock trio Two Stroke released an eponymous three track single on the 11th.
Originally the solo project of Ellenie Eloff and recently evolved to a full line-up this is the first release by Two Stroke as a trio. None of the raw bleeding knuckles of previous work has been lost though by the addition of other players in the creation of the music it does enable a more nuanced sound to emerge from the speakers as each member adds their own technique and interpretation of the songs.
My pick of the Two Stroke single (available on bandcamp) is middle track On Me which has an ’80s new-wave feel to it as ill-tempered drums bounce around the room with pugilistic bass obstinately insisting the track ploughs direct lines from one corner to the other from which emerges a swingeing fuzz-laden guitar that prefer to drill holes in the ceiling while vocals swathe the head in flecks of spittle and it all makes perfect sense as the trio cohesively deliver two and eleven twelfths of a minutes of sublime rock from which all fat has been sliced.