50 HIGHLIFE ANTHEMS
Join us for Highlife 50 in Edinburgh 3/10/14
Glaswegian groove-maker Auntie Flo offers an outstanding 2 hour set recorded live in Montreal at @bardatcha.
Mixes from our favourite DJs, tweaked to perfection using the world’s first instant, cloud-based mastering service.
To mark this year’s Nelson Mandela International Day British Council’s Connect ZA programme and The Space co-commissioned three shorts made through the collaboration of South African and British visual artists and musicians.We caught up with Auntie Flo who, with Esa Williams, was responsible for the music behind ‘The World is Flat’ by Kent Andreasen and ‘Pied Pipers Voyage’ by Lebohang Kganye.
How did your involvement in the project come about?
We were booked to perform in Glasgow as part of Mandela Day 2014. It was commissioned by the British Council and as part of the event they asked if we were up for working with two South African film makers to create the soundtrack for two short-film commissions. I immediately got Esa Williams (who plays with me as part of the Auntie Flo live show) to get involved and we were introduced to Kent and Lebohang, the film makers.
We didn’t get to see the films until after the soundtracks were well under way. We initially worked to a verbal brief from the filmmakers, following a series of Skype conversations. They told us roughly what they planned to do and showed us some similar work. Our starting point musically was a sample of The Specials 'Free Nelson Mandela' track which we thought was fitting considering the theme. The samples used are unrecognisable in our finished versions but it gave us a starting point.
Having had music videos made for your music, how was it different working the other way around?
Oh it’s completely different. I thought initially we would construct the idea and theme for the films together but it ended up that we worked in a more traditional sense - to a brief set by the filmmaker. Our job was to create the mood, structure and atmosphere that would lend itself to the film. I guess that’s completely opposite to my videos.
Generally would you say your music is visually driven?
Interesting question. Personally I think all music has a synaesthetic quality, where certain songs (or even melodies) have a colour or pattern associated with them. When I’m making a song, I often feel a colour attaching itself to the song - this colour often mutates as more layers are added. The new album I’m making is very much a purple / green colour for example.
What is your all time favorite film score?
I really like Mihály Vig soundtrack work for the Hungarian Director Bela Tarr. The music is so crucial to his films - it tends to repeat, almost ad nuseum, with slight variations and is fundamental to defining the pace and mood of the film. My favourite is the Werkmeister Harmonies.
What would be your dream film to score?
I just worked on remix for Red Snapper’s new soundtrack for the Senegalese film Touki Bouki. I think they’ve done a great job in creating the new soundtrack. For the remix* I sampled the opening cow slaughter scene and added it to the track. Soundtracking a film like this would be amazing to work on.
Auntie Flo - Jas
Lead track from new Comeme Compilation Gasoline. Out Now!
We’ll be honest here: the summer months are certainly not the strongest when it comes to the sheer amount of releases. But what the shelves lack in quantity, they certainly more than make up for in quality… just have a look at this week’s arrivals: there’s
Cómeme’s “Gasoline” vinyl compilation, an absolutely breathtaking endeavour featuring hard-hitting floor bombs from the well-established likes of Ana Helder, DJs Pareja or Huntleys + Palmers regular Auntie Flo, all bringing their A game. But this wouldn’t be Cómeme if there wouldn’t be a couple of new kids on the block: you definitively need to check out the brilliant floor work from newcomers Voxels, Vaskular or Bryan Kessler (who collaborated with Christian S for what surely is to become one of the biggest underground anthems this summer). This is not a test, now available as 2xLP!
We hope you will permit us the indulgence of deviating slightly from our globe trotting explorations on this release as we pay homage to the sun. ‘HIGHLIFE on holiday’, if you will.
Stepping away from the edits, Auntie Flo delivers a new original track.
Sun Ritual II takes things up a notch from its earlier counterpart (released on Kompakt), banging dare-we-say-it ‘Berghain techno’ gives way to warm synth-laden euphoria.
On the flip, Miajica, one third of Alma Negra who you may recall from HIGHLIFE2. Here he serves up a delightfully familiar summer treat, the original being an end of the night, HIGHLIFE highlight, particularly at our annual ‘Tribute to the Sun’ event.
We’re sure you’ll agree that both sides are rock solid and primed for the summer!
Since 2011 Huntleys + Palmers delivers dance not dance music that you can’t predict in terms of style, groove, and sonority. Originating from Glasgow, the label is currently operating in London and Berlin. The name firstly has been used since late 2007 by the label’s man in charge, Andrew Thomson to promote parties. After a while he and his Scottish friend Brian d’Souza (aka Auntie Flo) decided also to release music under the Huntleys + Palmers umbrella too. And this with the aim to spread exciting new electronic sounds from all around the world, not only from their local peers. So far they have released music from the Glasgow based producer and DJ Auntie Flo as well as many young talents like Alejandro Paz and Mamacita from Santiago De Chile, DJs Pareja and Carisma from Buenos Aires, young UK producer SOPHIE or Berlin based French girl rRoxymore. For Carhartt WIP Radio Huntleys + Palmers main act Auntie Flo mixed a show that takes a look at some of their most haunting releases from the past as well as shading some limelight on soon to be released brand new stuff.
Petwo Evans - A Whisper
Wrong Steps - Rain
Esa - Sabela De Cuba
Alejandro Paz - Cumbia A Lo Lejos
DJ Sdunkero - Choosing Love
Mamacita - No Eres Tu
Auntie Flo - Oh My Days (Midland Refix)
rRoxymore - Ministry Of Silly Talks
SOPHIE - Nothing More To Say
DrumTalk - Time
Cruffy - Subculture
Auntie Flo - Die Bailando (feat. Eric Alejandro)
Mehmet Aslan - Mechanical Turk
Prophets Of The South - District 6
Auntie Flo - Can I Have Him
Coming 28th July.. Automous Africa Vol III
Autonomous Africa Volume 3
This is the third Autonomous Africa EP, the idea being that one EP is released each year and all proceeds are donated to a charity in Africa. Last year’s second volume, along with a fundraising night in Glasgow and another in London raised several thousand pounds for the Mtandika Mission in Tanzania (more info on that below). Midland grew up in Tanzania and his parents run the aforementioned charity so it feels fitting that AA continues to raise funds for that. Midland has once again contributed a stellar track as has AA stalwart Auntie Flo (who has now contributed to all three releases). This year they are joined by Glasgow funksters General Ludd and then Twitch rounds off the EP. All being well, this year will also see an AA compilation album of music from Africa.
EP tracks are
A1) Midland - Safi
A2) General Ludd - Burning Mack
AA1) Auntie Flo featuring Anbuley - Daabi
AA2) JD Twitch - Maya
All tracks mastered by Matt Colton.
Distribution by Above Board. Released 28th July 2014 on 12”. Digital will follow.
A big, warm thank you to I AM in Glasgow and Trouble Vision in London for putting on AA fundraising nights and for their immense generosity.
Why Autonomous Africa?
Many of the problems Africa faces are a result of outside interference by other countries, and as the 21st century progresses we will see the continued pillage of African resources to feed the global capitalist machine on an unprecedented scale. Corrupt and greedy regimes gladly sell their land and mineral wealth to finance their own extravagant lifestyles while the vast majority of ordinary people see little or no improvement in their own lives. An autonomous Africa run by the people for the people, where African land is predominantly used to feed African people and Africa’s vast wealth of resources is used to benefit the people of Africa seems the only logical way forward. Autonomous Africa’s goal is to highlight this message and here presents to you 4 tracks of African inspired grooves.
We fully realise a small run, independently released 12” is going to make very little difference to the world, but doing something has to be better than doing nothing. The idea of an autonomous Africa may be naive and unrealistic, but at some point the world we live in will have to change or future generations are going to be left with very little as we consume way more than our fair share. We have collectively buried our heads in the sand thinking we are powerless to engender change. Individually we have little power but collectively, the power is ours.
JD Twitch, June 2013.
About The Mtandika Mission
Mtandika is a large village in the dry Ruaha river valley, 400km west of Dar es Salaam. It is a very poor village.
One of the prime movers in the village is Sister Barberina Mhagala. Since she retired from being Headmistress of the Primary School in 2005, Sister Barberina has been developing a Trade School at Mtandika to provide skills training for girls who are either orphans or have no fees for secondary education. She started by building a classroom and dormitory for the Trade School girls who were given sewing lessons and learning to make garments to sell.
Because many of the children do not have homes locally, accommodation is critical. So Sister then built extra accommodation blocks, not only for some of the girls attending the Trade School but also for some 80 girls attending the local Lukosi Secondary School where there was no accommodation.
The girls are taught to be as self sufficient as possible and as well and grow their own food and rear animals in the school grounds.
Water supply is critical, as water is not only required for every day purposes at the school but for irrigating the shambas [allotments]. Water is currently pumped from the nearby perennial Lukosi river some 500 metres away using a petrol pump. Investigations into a cheaper alternative are being investigated.
Education is essential if Tanzania is to fully develop its full potential and anything is possible given the opportunity. As well as supporting Sister Barberina in her capital expenditure, some 10 of the children at the Trade School and 30 at local Secondary Schools who cannot afford the fees are sponsored by funds raised by the charity.
More information - www.actioninafrica.org/about-mtandika.php
Autonomous Africa Vol.3 is out and starting to hit the shops.
Featuring JD Twitch ( Optimo (Espacio) ), Midland,General Ludd and Auntie Flo ft Anbuley. All proceeds go to charity. Spread the word!
Copies in stock here -
Phonica - http://bit.ly/1lumAJq
Juno - http://bit.ly/1mjL1Zt