This is the premiere of Hossam Hilal’s new EP, Overk. We’ve covered some Egyptian music in the past from the likes of Al Massrieen and plenty more on Radio Jakarta’s Arab vinyl mix. But today we’re looking at a new artist and his name is Hossam Hilal. Overk is Hossam’s debut release for ID Spectral, the electronic label headed by Louis Sterling aka Auxx. The…

Here’s a selection of obscure artists ripe for sampling. It appears some people weren’t very happy with our guest post on Classic Artists Made For Hip-Hop Samples. That’s fair enough. It goes without saying everyone’s entitled to their opinion, including the person who wrote the article. But then we thought… how about obscure artists? The kind that most producers don’t even remember they’ve sampled so…

We have the premiere of Teck-Zilla’s latest beat tape called Summer Zilla. This summer has been a scorcher. Between the sweltering heat and the Nigeria’s dope ass World Cup shirt, there’s been a lot to be thankful for. Another Nigerian creative export lighting up this season is Teck-Zilla and we’re thrilled to be premiering his latest joint, Summer Zilla. In true mix-tape style, each beat…

We’re back with 15 more e-digging channels and playlists. We’ve had a lot of traffic for our two posts on e-digging (The Top 26 Places For “Online Crate Digging” and 21 Ways to Become the MacGyver of E-Digging) so we thought, why not add some more to the list? Below is a list of 15 e-digging channels and playlists on YouTube. No doubt there’ll be some broken links among…

Jakarta release their 7th Habibi Funk album from an Egyptian band. Heavily encouraged by Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz, Hany Shenoda fathered Al Massrieen as a way of modernising Egyptian music. His influence helped increase their popularity in Egypt in the 1970s. The music has aged but it still twinkles with an air of happiness. Stream it below.

Namibian producer Becoming Phill gets funky with his latest album, Electrum. Becoming Phill is a multi-talented producer from southern African country of Namibia and after an illustrious career spanning over 10 years, his latest album, “Electrum”, takes him on an electro funk odyssey. It features vocals from Namibian singers Shishani and Dantago, and guitar play from Christian Polloni. The album oozes with synth appeal from…

The visionary sound of Blitz The Ambassador has been years in the making and now it’s finally here in the form of Diasporadical. Having journeyed through Africa and the Americas, Blitz The Ambassador managed to capture the essence of the African diaspora; fragmented but ever present. Diasporadical mixes those themes together with his trademark hip hop sounds whilst touching on deeper issues such as the…

Obscure disco albums are pure gold dust. Kiki Gyan’s 24 Hours In A Disco 1978-1982 is just one of those gems. Being hailed as Africa’s answer to Stevie Wonder is a heavy burden to carry but Kiki Gyan attempted it in the 70s as a plucky teenager. Starting out as the keyboardist for highlife band Osibisa at the age of 15, Kiki took the band’s style of music literally and found himself…