London-based imprint Soundway Records emerged in 2002 with a compilation release of Ghanaian music from the 1970s : Ghana Sounds: Afrobeat, Funk & Fusion in ’70s Ghana. Founded by English DJ and music producer Miles Cleret, the label has since released a series of critically acclaimed compilation albums and re-issues of African, Caribbean, Latin and Asian music, as well as newer releases from acts such as Debruit, Ibibio Sound Machine and My Panda Shall Fly.
This month the label host their first large-scale London party in four years, marking their return with an epic line up that will see apocalyptic jazz-rock trio The Comet Is Coming perform music from their debut album. Joining them will be transatlantic rhythm outfit Family Atlantica, fresh Soundway signing Vanishing Twin and the psychedelic five-piece, multi-instrumental band Flamingods.
If that’s not enough, the night will conclude with DJ sets from the eclectic crates of Soundway & Sofrito residents and, ahead of the event, we thought we’d invite Miles Cleret himself to give us a taster of what to expect. Here he digs out some of his favourite music from around the world, featuring east African funk, late ’70s Nigerian disco and Tamil electro pop from 1986.
1. Dur Dur Band – Is Yeelyel
Dur Dur Band from Mogadishu, Somalia, perfect 1980s east african funk.
2. Steve Monite – Only You
Steve Monite: Rare late 70s disco from Nigeria
3. Vikram – Tamil Song
Vikram – Tamil electro pop from 1986
4. Colombia All Stars – Descarga No.1
Fruko/Colombian All stars. Colombia’s Discos Fuentes house band mid jamming out in the mid 1970s.
5. Fumaça Preta – La Trampa
Funana Rock from Fumaca Preta’s latest album on Soundway.
6. Flamingods – Kinich Ahau
Flamingods – Kinich Ahau. The cut from Soundway Records latest signings’ first album from 2013. New album coming June 2016.
7. The Comet Is Coming – Do The Milky Way
Comet is Coming – Do the Milky Way. Outer space jam from London astronomer jazz-rockers.
8. Weird Together – Gban Gban Lewa
Weird Together – Gban Gban Lewa. Juju Electronica from Auckland New Zealand
9. Gong – I Never Glid Before – Live 1973
Gong – I never Glid Before Live in 1973. Rare footage of original hippy space rockers Gong.
10. Bing Slamet – Genjer Genjer
Bing Slamet – Genjer Genjer. From Indonesia, this song was seen as an un-official anthem of the Communist party in Indonesia and was banned by the Soeharto Regime in 1965.
The Soundway Records & Friends showcase will be held this Friday at Village Underground, with tickets on sale over on Soundway’s website.