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El Mahdy Jr.'s 'Lost Bridge' Off Algerian Beats EP 'Gasba Grime'

Algerian beatsmith El Mahdy Jr. premieres 'Lost Bridge' off his forthcoming 'Gasba Grime' EP due out June 9th on Danse Noire.


A few weeks back Algerian producer El Mahdy Jr. gave us all a tease of his Gasba Grime EP. We were blown away by the haunting constructions of transcendent Arabesque dub. After having lived in Algeria, Turkey and Burkina Faso, Mahdy's beats center around the intricate marriage of North African and Middle Eastern devotional samples with hip-hop and electronic beats, and Gasba Grime's centerpiece "Lost Bridge,"  which premiered today on The Guardian, is no exception. The track's ominous intro creates a sinister atmosphere that's only heightened by sombre strings and anguished chants in Arabic (think of it as a journey through the mind of a nomadic beatsmith). Gasba Grime arrives via Danse Noire on June 9th and is the follow up to his Boomarm Nation debut, The Spirit of Fucked Up Places. Until then, stream "Lost Bridge" below and look out for a Blackest Ever Black/Killing Sound remix of the track to drop Monday on The Quietus.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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