After the success of their latest album, Planetario, Afro-Peruvian outfit Novalima returns to Wonderwheel with a digi-EP of four deep remixes for the dancefloor from California’s Jose Marquez (Tribe Records), NYC’s Chris Annibell (Afrokinetic), South Africa’s Aero Manyelo, and Italy’s Gigi Di Martino.
After a recent relocation to Mexico City, producer El Buho makes his debut on Brooklyn’s Wonderwheel Recordings with the Cenotes EP – a collection of some of his deepest and most striking work to date. Lush tropical vibes clash with ambient soundscapes, deep bass, and folkloric innerworkings.
Wonderwheel Recordings is proud to present a special collaborative album between Italian Afro-Futurist beatmaker DJ Khalab and Malian master musician and Griot Baba Sissoko. Previously known for a string of buzzing solo releases on fellow Italian producer and close comrade Clap!Clap!’s Black Acre Records, Khalab has developed an international reputation for his fusion of tribal drums, deep bass work, and heavily layered & dense electronic textures. It was a natural evolutionary branch to collaborate with multi-instrumentalist Sissoko (regarded as the undisputed master of the original talking drum – the tamani), who had been living in Italy and conducting prolific career, collaborating with the likes of Ibrahim Ferrer, Buena Vista Social Club, Don Moye and Art Ensemble of Chicago, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Oumou Sangare, Toots Thielemans, Toumani Diabate, Ballake Sissoko, and many others.
The sound of the self titled Khalab & Baba album is at once both entirely new while remaining familiar for both avid listeners of electronic music and traditional African sounds. Preview and purchase below.
Brand new 12” out NOW from Italian producer DJ Khalab, previously notable for a string of buzzy solo releases on Clap!Clap!’s Black Acre Records. Khalab teams up with prolific Malian master musician and Griot singer Baba Sissoko for an exploration into deep, minimal experimental African/Electronic sounds. On the “A” side “Kumu” is a dark, glitchy four to the floor track with bubbling synths, live percussion and Baba Sissoko’s unmistakeable voice, while German producer Harmonious Thelonious aka Stefan Schwander (Antonelli Electr., Repeat Orchestra, Rhythm Maker) stretches out the tracks inherent minimalism while tastefully beefing up the drums, adding synth flourishes and well timed drops. On the flip, “Kumu” is a more acoustic vocal and Xalam driven track with stuttering electronic growls and groans and minimal percussion. London based Ibibio Sound Machine (Soundway Records) brings the funk into the mix with keyboard stabs, guitars, and a super catchy bassline and plenty of synthesizer explorations.
DJ Khalab & Baba Sissoko’s debut album will be out late fall on Wonderwheel Recordings.
The response to Chancha Via Circuito’s Amansara Remixed album was so fantastic that decided to press a little limited edition 7″ with two of our favorite remixes from the release for all the vinyl lovers out there. On the “A” side, Brooklyn producer and global bass ambassador Thornato takes “Jardines” up a big notch with thumping drums, heavy synths and swirling middle eastern guitar vibes, while Mexican production duo Frikstailers pound “Guajaca” into deeper, hypnotic territory while keeping things fun for the floor.
Nickodemus and the Turntables on the Hudson crew return for Volume 10 of the long running compilation series, showcasing the eclecticism of the infamous, now worldwide party. Entitled “Uptown Downtown”, this compilation CD paints a picture of the dancefloor from the beginning to the end of the night at TOTH’s NYC Summer 2015 Uptown home (La Marina in Washington Heights) and their year round downtown home, above the clouds at Le Bain on top of the Standard Hotel in Manhattan. Deeper, electronic house vibes are represented by the likes of Bonobo, Claptone and Alex Barck, while the Latin and Afrobeat sound is of course heavily represented through tunes from Captain Planet, Quantic, Alsarah & The Nubatones, Novalima, Chancha Via Circuito, Jose Marquez and more.
Since its formation in 2001, Novalima has been breaking down boundaries, uniting seemingly irreconcilable genres, communities and generations to create an inspiring movement that has revolutionized the music scene in their native Peru. Founded by four friends from Lima with a shared passion for both traditional Afro-Peruvian music and modern DJ culture, Novalima searches for the common ground between past and future, between tradition and innovation.
Throughout 2014 Novalima has been recording what will be their new album, Planetario to be released in June 16 on Wonderwheel Recordings. The name of the album reflects its worldwide feel as it has been recorded in various locations around the globe including collaborations by top local and international musicians. A few of these recording sessions were done in Colombia which has given some of the new tracks an Afro-Colombian vibe and takes their exploration of deep Afro rhythms into the future. Collaborations include Sidestepper vocalist Eka Muñoz, as well as members from La-33, Pernett and La Mamba Negra, plus other worldwide artists such as Marc de Clive Lowe (UK/NZ), Panko from Ojos de Brujo, Kumar (Cuban rapper based in BCN). Remixes from the album are already underway with Bomba Stereo, Quantic and Nickodemus already lined up.
After the release of Amansara, the third LP from Argentinian neo-folklore producer and one of the leaders of the new Latin electronic sound, Chancha Via Circuito returns with Amansara Remixed, featuring brand new and inventive re-imaginings of the tracks from the album with artists hand selected by Chancha from Latin America and beyond. Artists include Frikstailers, Thornato, Tremor, Maga Bo, King Coya, Psilosamples, El Búho, El Remolón Nicola Cruz, Rafael Aragon, Blocktreat, Prisma, Reptilian Commander, Barrio Lindo, Sidirum and Chancha himself, under his previous alias “Universildo”. The result of this selection is a powerful and experimental album where the unique sounds of Chancha dare to travel to new latitudes, catalyzed by the wide ranging vision of the remixers.
The album also features the special participation of Acampante, an Argentiniam multifaceted artist, who was encouraged to remix the original artwork ( Paula Duró’s “Madadayo” ) in a fresh and fun way.