1. Highlife intro feat Amanpondo 2. Mark Ernestus presents Jeri Jeri - Bamba 3. Wareika Hills Sound - No More War 4. Cottam - Slo March 5. Dur Dur Band - Hayeelin 6. Osunlade - Camera Shy (Esa’s Edit) 7. Esa - Forbidden Place 8. Albinos - Herzog 9. Ana Helder - Beating PC 10. Hugh Masekela - Don’t Go Lose It Baby 11. Culoe De Song - Stig Boardsmen 12. Roundhouse Kick - Arm1x (Auntie Flo Dub) 13. Romare - Taste Of Honey 14. Raoul K - Sierra Leone 15. Actress - Caves of Paradise
Radio Highlife Season 2 begins on Radio Cómeme.. Presented and mixed live by Auntie Flo and Esa & Mervin Granger, we showcase the sounds of Highlife.. Tons of unreleased stuff, more banter and even jingles (thanks to Cottam)
“Music is changing, the world is getting smaller. Radio Highlife brings you sounds from corners of the globe you’d least expect! Presented by Brian d’Souza aka Auntie Flo and Esa Williams, each show is recorded live in Glasgow UK and is packed with exclusives, unreleased gems, and some classics from their club, also called Highlife. From afrobeat to cumbia, detroit techno to kwaito and the sounds of the Black Atlantic all mixed into a snapshot of new music from around the world.”
1. HIGHLIFE INTRO by Amampondo 2. Mulatu Astatke - A Man of Experience and Wisdom (Zoeplar Edit) 3. Chicoman - Same Old Clown - Forthcoming Soundway Records 4. Usio - Hadithi Fubi - forthcoming STUDIO BARNHUS 5. Ob Ignitt - Oh Jabba 6. Cottam - Trouble In the Streets - forthcoming Sound of Speed 7. Golden Teacher - Double Bump - Optimo Music 8. Raoul K - Ayuka (Joe Claussell Remix) - forthcoming Baobab Music / Baobab Secret 9. Donald - I Deserve 10. Vedagor - Untitled I 11. Ian Pooley - Compurhythm (Baikal Remix) 12. Atjazz + Fred Everything - The Beast, The Ghost 13. Pev + Kowton - Raw Code forthcoming Hessle Audio 14. Barnt - Tunsten - forthcoming Comeme 15. Soulphiction - Soul Brother No 2.
New Year’s Eve clubbing in Glasgow, as in any big city, can be a trying affair: jacked-up ticket and bar prices, oversold venues and streets heaving with over-stimulated once-a-year party people can make it all seem a great deal more trouble than it’s worth. This in mind, Optimo’s decision to leave the city centre behind and hold their Hogmanay party at the spacious and pleasingly isolated Glue Factory for the second year running felt precision-aimed at those who might otherwise have bah-humbugged their way to the sofa for whatever soul-curdling fare BBC Scotland had on offer. Only ten minutes’ walk from the heavily policed chips’n’cheese hellscape of Sauchiehall Street, the Glue Factory feels worlds apart, tucked away as it is on an industrial estate at the northeastern tip of the city’s west end. And although the semi-legal vibe of its early days has understandably dissipated a bit, this many-roomed warehouse space certainly isn’t going to be renamed the Carling Glue Factory anytime soon.
Following the traditional event-in-itself that is Optimo’s yearly musical surprise at the bells (this year it was a Twitch-created bass synth version of “Auld Lang Syne”), Brian “Auntie Flo” D’Souza and collaborator Esa Williams took to the booth, the former on electronics (and cloaked in African robes), the latter on live percussion, drum machines, synths, vocals and mixing duties. Kicking off with the handclaps, tropical percussion and fluttering synth peaks of “Goa,” the pair led us through some highlights from debut LP Future Rhythm Machine, with the album’s sun-bleached rhythms warming the cockles at least as much as the venue’s much-vaunted state-of-the-art heaters.
Two mid-set Fela Kuti edits (of “Water Get No Enemy” and “Roforofo Fight”) created especially for the night were an unexpected treat among other album cuts and early-career attention-grabber “Highlife.” The gorgeous, meditative “Sun Ritual,” from Kompakt’s “Speicher 72”, led into the voodoo-inflected “I Want to Blow Your Mind,” and the mesmerising set ended, inevitably and rightly, with a triumphant “Oh My Days”—very much the year-zero moment that really kicked Auntie Flo’s extraordinary 2012 into high gear.
That left Twitch and Wilkes to do what they do best for the final two hours or so, while surveying the majesty of what could be the finest New Year’s party they’ve ever thrown. A hypnotic, joyous live treatment of some of the year’s most intriguing electronic music, excellent sound, no big queues at the bars and beautifully quiet streets to step out onto at the end: this was as close to flawless as Hogmanay clubbing gets.