It´s been a bit more than four months since my “African Fabrics” album has been released and it has become a success story. “African Fabrics” was nominated for a German Music Critic prize, was praised on leading media outlets such as SPIN, NPR, XLR8R, Der Spiegel, NZZ, Songlines Magazine and Goethe Institute Podcast amongst others and has been played by countless club and radio DJs around the world.
The accompanying single releases “Sabado”, “Rename The Streets” and “Akabongi” received remix and video treatments, now the other tracks of the albums have been reworked. The result is “African Fabrics Remixes”, which presents a trans world cast of amazing remixers.
First off is South African Mo Laudi with an Afro house rendering of “Akabongi”. It´s followed by three remixes featuring the hot new Lisbon sound, starting with 2Pekes, a member of the infamous DZC Deejays crew who remixed “Sembène” in Euro kuduro fashion. Izem, also based in Lisbon, put “Kaggua” ft. Tshila on a broken beat turf. Man of the moment Dotorado is featured with his Kuduro house version of “Rename The Streets”. UK´s freestyle bass dons LV revisit “Sabado” with a London carnival mood. Then there´s São Paulo´s hot new beat talent Bad $ista who samba-funked up “Black Coffee” ft. Dama Do Bling. Another Lisbon remix contribution is by legendary Portuguese kuduro don DJ NK remaking “Xinguila” ft. Throes + The Shine in a raved up kuduro smasher. Swedish bass maestro Dance, Kill, Move tamed the original footwork monster “Aho” to a tarraxo influenced half timer. Probably the heaviest remix on “African Fabrics Remixes” is by São Paulo´s ambassador of low end schlepp beats, Cybass, who put “Afrika” ft. Tony Amado ft. Alcinda Gueraneh into madness territories. Durban´s Gqom kingpins Rudeboyz added a weighty groove to the Mbira infused “Raindrops” track, turning it into a club ready track. And finally, New Zealands Afro popster Weird Together remade “Querido” ft. Bulldozer with a UK funky inspired mood.
And there you have it, “African Fabrics Remixes”, featuring eleven diverse and club-friendly remixes that will put “African Fabrics” in further and more varied contexts. Play it out!
Fresh in today, the limited editon African Fabrics t-shirts featuring the great illustration by Tobias Rehberger! These silk screen t-shirts are made with Earth Positive shirts, and are now available in S, M, L, XL and XXL.
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I´m still very happy with the international feedback on my “African Fabrics” album and a remix compilation version is about to drop on July 29th on Man Recordings. “African Fabrics Remix” will feature remixes by artists such as LV, Dotorado, DJ N.K., 2 Pekes, Izem, Rudeboyz, Mo Laudi, Bad $ista, Weird Together and – maybe you?
Together with Native Instruments, Man Recordings is kicking off a remix contest which will allow you to rework “Black Coffee” ft. Dama Do Bling!
Here´s the remix contest rules (in short):
1. Submission deadline, Monday, 11th of July 2016, 23:59 CET
2. Upload your remix to Soundcloud only
3. Please tag the remix on Soundcloud with : #AFRICANFABRICSREMIX
4. No download enabled
For legal reasons, here´s the rules in full: This competition is being conducted by Man Recordings UG from 30th of June 2016 until 11th of July 2016. By entering, participants agree to these terms and conditions:
All personal information is protected by privacy and data protection laws and will not be shared with third parties. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
Employees of Man Recordings and the Native Instruments group are not eligible to participate.
By creating an original remix of ‘Black Coffee’ by Daniel Haaksmanft. Dama Do Bling with the available remix parts and uploading the remix to the participant’s SoundCloud profile, participants can win to have said remix featured on the forthcoming Man Recordings release of “African Fabrics Remixed” (will be available in standard stereo and Stems formats).
Sharing the remix with friends and fans generates more plays, likes, and comments that will have a positive influence on visibility. Downloads may not be enabled.
Prize winners will be notified by email, and are required to notify Man Recordings that he/she accepts the prize within one week after receiving the notification email. If Man Recordings does not receive notification within this period, the winner forfeits the prize and Man Recordings reserves the right to choose another winner. Native Instruments and Man Recordings will link to the winner’s mix from its social media channels.
All cool? So download the stems for the remix from here and go for it!
Listen to the original version here: