Leftover Links has returned after a lengthy hiatus with links from Illect Recordings and Jakarta Records. It’s been 3.5 years since we last did an instalment of Leftover Links. As Soundcloud took down a lot of links featured in previous editions, we took a break. But now we’re back with some great links from our favourite record labels. Illect Recordings We kick things off with…

Jakarta’s 12th dubplate is Moroccan / Israeli singer and producer J.Lamotta’s The Conscious Tree. This album is the epitome of musical and cultural blending. J.Lamotta is of Moroccan and Israeli descent. She sings and produces her own music. She lives in Berlin and her new album, The Conscious Tree, welds jazz, soul, and hip hop together in all its earthen glory. The intro opens with the…

Moroccan musician Malca joins Jakarta Records. This is his latest track, Casablanca Jungle. If you’ve not heard any of Jakarta’s Habibi Funk mixes, get on that now. The label is doing fantastic work restoring Arab music from the past but now they have someone for the present and future. Malca is the newest member of the Jakarta roster. Hailing from Morocco, his blend of pop…

Jakarta have collated Habibi Funk Mixes 1-7 and thrown them on Bandcamp for free. To celebrate 20,000 Facebook followers, Jakarta Records are giving away all their Habibi Funk mixes for free on Bandcamp. We’ve been big fans of them so this is a must-download. Stream (and download) them below.

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.

Here’s the video for Ivan Ave’s cruising anthem, “Also”. I’ve never understood the phrase “having your cake and eating it too.” What else would you do with cake if you had it? Regardless, it’s meant to describe wanting to have things both ways. Ivan Ave’s latest track, “Also”, talks about that concept. The backing track is a gorgeous throwback courtesy of SF fave Kaytranada and…

Habibi Funk 005 looks at the work of Ahmed Malek and restoration from Jakarta’s Flako. Ahmed Malek was in his 50s when he discovered synthesizers during their relative infancy in the 80s. His experimentations remained in boxes kept with his family but now they have been brought to earth with the help of Flako. The songs available are atmospheric; almost foreboding when the leads kick…

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…

JuJu Rogers & Bluestaeb get “LIT” with their new album. Themes of subversion in music can be poignant and sometimes groundbreaking. The title of JuJu Rogers & Bluestaeb’s collab project twists the meaning from its pop culture definition to an meta-abbreviation of “Lost In Translation”, which has been described as “a metaphor for the disconnection from trends of our society in general and hip hop…

More Arabic funk from Jakarta Records. Carthago was founded in the late 1970s as a fusion of Dalton and a second band called Marhaba Band. Both bands frequently played at hotels and night clubs in Tunis and Sousse. They had similar musical influences and despite the fact that they were competition for the most part, they came up with the idea to join forces for…