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Lose Yourself In Ethiopian Records' New East African Mixtape

Addis Ababa-based electronic beatmaker Endeguena Mulu releases a stockpile of new music.

Ethiopian Records—the alias of Addis Ababa-based experimental musician Endeguena Mulu (a.k.a E.R.)—delivers all-new music.


E.R. is the visionary behind the ‘Ethiopiyawi’ genre coming out of East Africa. And as the instrumentalist has done previously, Mulu penned a statement to accompany his sonic odyssey— in it, he admits the night scene where he’s built his persona isn’t his true comfort zone, and urges listeners of his playlist to avoid “enclav[ing] yourselves in one culture, one perspective, expectations, stereotypes and labels — whatever your culture and perspective might be.”

Mashing up Ethiopian folk, jazz elements, obscure vocal samples and electronica, E.R. says he meditated on the “chains one puts on oneself in order to fulfill expectations” while producing the mix.

The Boiler Room release is the genre-bending beatmaker’s way of expressing his gratitude to his listeners who grant him creative levity within the club scene. “To all those that have let me and other performers play, share, produce and release — thank you for trusting my/our spirit(s).”

Follow the tracklist while you give Ethiopian Records’ latest epic a full listen below.

01.Untitled (Unreleased) (Sample from Alemayehu Fanta-Fukera/Shilela) - Ethiopian Records

02.Lunar Visions (Ethiopian Records Remix) - Circula

03.Untitled (Samples Gigi, Fantahun & Wores- Tirut Y'abaten Lij , Guetachew Mekurya- Shellela) - Ethiopian Records

04.Ande - Ethiopian Records

05.Hetebet - Ethiopian Records

06.Teyent - Ethiopian Records

07.Sew Serash - Ethiopian Records

08.The Space Room - Ethiopian Records

09.Ye Nefse Maderia (Feat. Zion Rebels) - Ethiopian Records

10.Ethiopian Records- 4/4(Unreleased)(Samples from Ethiopian Records Journey to the Sun ft Fasil Mengistu and Zion Rebels, Guetachew Mekuria-Akalé wubé, Tellahun Guessesse and Mulatu Astatqe -Lantchi Beye)

11.Ethiopian Records - Berehan (Unreleased) (Washint-Ermias Seleshi, Samples from Miles Davis- All Blues)

12.Asnaqtche Worku - Menguedegnaw lebe

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