A number of artists’ passing will make 2016 memorable. A champion of world treasures at the legendary New York venue, The Loft, was David Mancuso, who was mourned widely in the music world after his death aged 72. Sun Palace’s Rude Movements was remastered and released a month before the sad news and the UK duo feature in the 2016 review mix.
There were numerous releases and reissues that could of made this review, some selections are based on themes that seemed to nuance the music of the year. Invisible City Editions released one of the standout reissues with V.O’s Mashisa – though the thirst for South African sounds was also generated by DJ Okapi’s compilation for Cultures Of Soul. DJ Okapi, the Mr. Bongo Soundsystem, Nick The Record and the Invisible City duo championed the sounds of South Africa worldwide in hugely appreciated sets. Benjamin Ball’s Flash A Flashlight was another top record.
Another vault of treasures were released under the ‘tropical’ tag. Sofrito, DJ Sotofett, Analog Africa, Don’t DJ and more labels and artists reissued and produced work that was defined in this guise. The compilation of the year was Digital Zandoli. Syn Ka’s LP was also a hugely well received reissue.
Electronic music is represented on the mix by Bedouin Records, DJ Nature and Mark Ernustus. The DJ Katerpillar story for Awesome Tapes From Africa is another highlight of the year. Mood Hut was a superbly produced label with esoteric sampling and a vibe.
Latin sounds are represented by Mr. Bongo and a beautiful Colombian reissue of rare gems.
Ambient tunes came via the latest collection on Light In The Attic and close this mix (tracklist below).
2) DJ Nature – Serengeti Run (Swat Records, 2016, 12”)
3) Pasteur Lappe – Mbale (Africa Seven, 2016, Pasteur Lappe compilation)
4) Yta Jourias – Adome Nyueto (Hot Casa, 2016, Togo Soul 70 compilation)
5) The Group NSI – Mande Moin On Lajan, Pa Mande Moin Za Fe An Moin (Hevenly Sweetness/Diggers Digest, 2016, Digital Zandoli compilation)
6) Sun Palace – Raw Movements (BBE, 2016, remastered and unreleased versions compilation)
7) Ahmed Fakroun – Soleil Soleil (PMG, 2016, Mots D’Amour LP reissue)
8) Odion Iruoje – Alhaja And Obiageri (Soundway, 2016, Down To Earth LP reissue)
9) Njoroge Benson – Nyniukia (Afro7 Records reissue 12”, 2016)
10) African Vibrations – Hinde (Soundway, 2016, Kenya Special Volume 2 compilation)
11) Francis Njoroge – Dai (Afro7 Records reissue 12”, 2016)
12) João Cirilo – Po D’Terra (Analog Africa, 2016, Space Echo – The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed!)
13) Bitori – Cruz Di Pico (Analog Africa, 2016, Space Echo – Legend Of Funaná: The Forbidden Music of The Cape Verde Islands)
14) Claudio – Bonom Chinois (Strut, 2016, Soul Sok Sega compilation)
15) VO – Mashisa (dub mix) (Invisible City Editions, 2016, reissue Mashisa LP)
16) Formation Boyz – Jungle Anthem (Gqom Oh!, 2016, Gqom Oh! The Sound of Durban compilation)
17) DJ Katapila – Sakawa (Awesome Tapes From Africa, 2016, Tiroto LP reissue)
18) Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force – Jigeen (Ndagga, 2016, Yermande LP)
19) Steve Monite – Only You (dub mix) (Triassic Tusk Records, 2016 S/T compilation)
20) Blue Heron’s Tribute 2 PH – Hymn To A Whale Taker (Mood Hut, 2016, Disco Mantras Vol. 1)
21) Kinetic Electronix – Low Moves (Mood Hut, 2016, Music For Beings 2x 12”)
22) DJ Nature – LF (mix 1) (Swat Records, 2016, 12”)
23) Shadow – D’Hardest (Analog Africa, 2016, Sweet Sweet Dreams LP reissue)
24) John Heckle – Alexandria (Bedouin Records, 2016, Tributes To A Sun God12”)
25) Hieroglyphic Being – The Papyrus of Ani (Bedouin Records, 2016, The 42 Laws Of Maat 12”)
26) Banda Black Rio – Mr. Funky Samba (Mr Bongo Brazil7 series, 2016, 7”)
27) Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus – Yoyo (Lion’s Gate Records, 2016, Promised Land Sounds – Rockin’ Live Ruff N Tuff LP reissue)
28) Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus– Boom A Ya (Lion’s Gate Records, 2016, Promised Land Sounds – Rockin’ Live Ruff N Tuff LP reissue)
29) Nilamaye – El Nazareno (Bongo Joe, 2016, Las Flore Del Sol LP)
30) Suzanne Doucet & Christian Buehner – Shivas Dance (Light In The Attic, 2016, The Microcosm: Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986 compilation)
31) Deuter – Spirales (Light In The Attic, 2016, The Microcosm: Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986 compilation)