The Needle 051: Music from Guinea-Bissau, Julien Dyne, a UK Sound System release and more

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The Needle 051: For the week of May 22nd, 2016

Fill me in…

#afro had a good week this past week and @pedronunes took us to Guinea-Bissau for some music by Zé Manel. If you’ve heard of the guy, you know your shit because the man is not easy to find. He got his start early: “At age six, he formed a band to play music at boy scout camp”, and when they started to play around town (quite successfully), they had to kick out a couple members who weren’t playing up to par. Then, at age 7, he became the star of the band (that came to be called Super Mama Djombo) at things took off from there. For his full story (which is worth reading), you can check out his bio page on Cobiana Records.

ZE MANEL & 2 MG-B - Bardade dentro di bardade - Cobiana

There’s not a whole of music that passes through #rnb, but most that does is well worth the share. This week, @davehawkins gave us a little something that appeared on Moodymann’s last compilation release (DJ Kicks), but is originally by a guy named Julien Dyne. He hails from Wellington, NZ, is currently based in Berlin and has a sound that compliments the best of both worlds. This is the second song (at least) to appear on #music from his album, Pins and Digits, released in 2009. Here’s “Stained Glass Fresh Frozen (feat. Mara TK)”:

What else is going on?


Kamasi Washington has played an integral role in the #jazz revival, but as media drives deeper into the backstory, it’s always good to hear new pieces to the puzzle. Wax Poetics had a chance to sit down with him (so to speak) and pull some insight from jazz’s connection with hiphop to where jazz musicians pull their influences from. Check that out here.

Don’t sleep on…


Dipping into some of the Tru-Thoughts catalogue, we’re happy to bring you something from the UK Sound System Culture. Last week, the label released a compilation to give voice to the resurgence of the genre in the music scene and to start the compilation off, we’re treated to a track by The Sea (feat. Yaz Alexander and Benjamin Zephaniah) called ‘Pressure I’. If you’ve got any affinity for dub, or reggae or anything close, the whole compilation is definitely worth checking out.
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